Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its 2017 season lineup for Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. Since 1971, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods has been a Washington-area summer tradition for children and their families, featuring diverse acts including puppetry, storytelling, dance, theater, and music.
Ten acts make their Wolf Trap debuts this summer, beginning with the season opener, musical storytellers Alex & The Kaleidoscope. Newcomers include Vital Theatre Company’s presentation of Pinkalicious the Musical and acclaimed Cuban troupe DC Casineros Dance Company. Returning favorites include 2016 Grammy nominee The Okee Dokee Brothers and 2016 Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés.
A new mini-musical, Listen, Wilhelmina!, commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation, will have its world premiere as part of the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods season. The fully staged, 20-minute production is an entertaining and educational experience crafted by Washington, D.C.-based composer David Hanlon (Houston Grand Opera’s After the Storm) and librettist Kathleen Kelly. The production tells a story about three young wombats – Wilhelmina, Wallis and Winston – who go to their very first concert and learn how much fun music-making can be. The project brings together two of the Foundation’s mission-based programs: Wolf Trap Opera, one of the nation’s premier training grounds for young professional singers, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a nationally recognized leader in early childhood arts-based learning. In addition to its public premiere in July, Listen, Wilhelmina! will have a private performance in May as part of Wolf Trap Foundation’s annual Field Trip program, which gives young children their first introduction to live performances.
Situated in the heart of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the open-air Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods welcomes families, school groups, camps, caregivers, and their young ones, and often serves as children’s’ first live performance experience. Performances can be enjoyed Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning June 20 through August 5. Tickets are $8 – $12 and children under two enter free of charge.
New this summer, performance goers are encouraged to enjoy post-performance games and activities through Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods Stay and Play initiative. Select shows will also feature showcases by the Wolf Trap National Park Junior Ranger Program, including backstage tours, trail walks, garden tours and more.
Through its Community Service Ticket program, Wolf Trap Foundation participates with local nonprofits serving children and families who are economically disadvantaged and individuals with special needs by providing thousands of complimentary tickets to select Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performances.
Wolf Trap also continues its family access initiative for select Filene Center performances. The Young at Arts program invites families to connect with the arts and with each other by offering free 17-and-under tickets for select performances. For a complete listing of performance dates and program information, visit wolftrap.org/youngatarts.
“Educating young children through the arts is core to what we do at Wolf Trap, and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods is wonderful representation of that value,” said Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “This program allows young people to experience live performance – often for the very first time – by some of the most celebrated children’s artists in a fun, approachable way.”
- Tickets for Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performances go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.
- Tickets are required for all performances for adults and children. Children under two are free, but still require a ticket
Beginning April 22 at 10 a.m., Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods tickets may be purchased:
- Online at org/woods
- By phone at 877.WOLFTRAP
- In-person at the Filene Center Box Office, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA