The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Len Piper's Pinocchio, thru November 22. The show is a life-size marionette version of Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s tale. The production was created in the 1960s by the father of the Puppet Co.’s co-founder, Christopher Piper. The show has been completely refurbished and adapted for the Puppet Co. stage. It's recommended for ages 5 – Adult.
The Puppet Co. will present The Nutcracker at Glen Echo Park, November 29-December 29.The show tells the classic story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. The music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet "blends with marionettes and costumed characters to create this unique production."
The Puppet Co. will present Rapunzel, January 17-February 16. The tale by Duane T. Bowers was adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. The company 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 at Glen Echo Park is presenting The Velveteen Rabbit, based on the book by Margery Williams as adapted by Patrick Flynn and directed by Jenna Duncan, thru January 1, 2020. The classic toy story tells of how “a child gets a Rabbit for Christmas, and she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and the child grow and care for each other.”
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, directed by Janet Stanford, November 23-January 5.The show is a dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s novel from the Chronicles of Narnia - with choreography by David Palmer. The story is about “four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance, and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption.” The show is considered Best for ages 5+
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD is displaying the annual Garden of Lights, thru January 1, 2020 - except on November 19-22 and December 24-25.The magical winter wonderland is illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. Inside the Conservatory, visitors can enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while sipping hot cocoa and listening to one of the nightly musical performances.
Image below: A view of the Garden of Lights in 2017