Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland is displaying their annual Gardens of Lights, thru January 1, 2019.The event features a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Visitors can stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. In addition, the Conservatory displays G-Scale model trains winding through a seasonal landscape. After the tour, visitors can warm up inside the Visitors Center, sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances.
Image above: A view of the Garden in 2017 Image below: Visitors enjoying the Model Trains in 2017
Glen Echo Art Show & Sale is in progress in the Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery, thru December 30. Fine artworks are available for purchase, including glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, holiday ornaments, crafts and more.
The exhibition features works by resident artists, instructors, and invited artists.
Image below: A view of a previous Glen Echo Art Show & Sale
The Puppet Co. is presenting The Nutcracker thru December 30 in Glen Echo Park.It’s the classic story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. The unique production features music from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, marionettes and costumed characters. The show is recommended for ages 5 years old – Adult.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, January 18-February 10.The story of two toys who become real is told by solo puppeteer Christopher Hudert with hand puppets, storytelling and song.The show is recommended for ages PreK-Grade 4.
The Puppet Co. will present Rapunzel at Glen Echo Park, February 14-March 24.“Rapunzel is a bewitching tale written by Duane T. Bowers and adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. The Puppet Co. "uses coloring- book charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences.”
The show is recommended for ages 3 1/2 - 9 years old.
Adventure Theatre, led by Michael J. Bobbitt, is presenting Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas, directed by Stevie Zimmerman, at Glen Echo Park, thru January 6, 2019.The show is based on the book by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, and has music by Randy Klein and lyrics by Matthew Hardy. It’s a story about Nancy, who sold some of her old gowns and accessories, and has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. “She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?”
Adventure Theatre MTC will present the world premiere of Huckleberry Finn's Big River, directed by Michael Baron, at Glen Echo Park, February 8-March 10.The show is based on the classic by Mark Twain and the Tony Award-winning Big River musical. The tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends Huck Finn and his friend Jim, who is a slave, demonstrate the power of changing the world. The show is recommended for all ages.
Image below: Artwork for Huckleberry Finn's Big River,
Imagination Stage in Bethesda is presenting Cinderella, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, thru January 6, 2019.The “wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces here that if the shoe fits - wear it!”The show is considered best for Ages 4+
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present Anatole: Mouse Magnifique, directed by Tom Story, in repertory with Dickens’s Davy Copperfieldin February/March. Anatole – on stage February 9-March 24 - is based on the books Anatole ® and Anatole the Cat ® by Eve Titus. Anatole is “the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room." The show is considered best for Ages 4+.
Dickens’sDavyCopperfield, written and directed by Janet Stanford, will be presented at Imagination Stage in repertory with Anatole: Mouse Magnifique in February/March.Davy Copperfield, on stage February 16-March 31, was freely adapted from Charles Dickens’s semiautobiographical novel David Copperfield. The musical is about young Davy's childhood adventures in 19th Century England. "Whether at home with his mother, at boarding school, working in a London bottling factory, or making his epic escape across the English countryside, Davy shows his resilience and determination to find a loving home." The show is considered best for Ages 6+.