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JUST ANNOUNCED! The 2015-2016 Lerner Family Theatre Season!


2014-2015 Lerner Family Theatre Season


Night Fairy

The Night Fairy

September 24-October 26, 2014
Based on the book by Laura Amy Schlitz; Adapted by John Glore; Directed by Jeremy Skidmore

Flory is a Night Fairy who is attacked by a bat. When her wings are damaged in the struggle, she is forced to learn how to survive in the daylight among the other birds and animals in a typical backyard. During her adventures, Flory makes new friends, and eventually reconciles with her foe. By the time her wings begin to sprout back, Flory has discovered a renewed sense of creativity, diplomacy, and resilience that she never knew she had. 
Best for Ages 4+.



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101 Dalmatians

November 19, 2014–January 11, 2015
Based on the book by Dodie Smith; Adapted by Martha King De Silva; Lyrics and music by Joan Cushing; Directed by Janet Stanford

When Mr. and Mrs. Dearly welcome a new litter of Dalmatians to their 1950s London home, Cruella de-Vil is quick to plot their kidnap. Loving puppy parents Pongo and Missis discover their location, and set out on a harrowing adventure through the countryside to rescue their puppies. With the help of several friendly dogs along the way, the family reunites on Christmas Day, and Cruella is defeated. But will the Dearlys take in all 101 dalmatians? 
Best for Ages 4+.




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Wiley and the Hairy Man 

February 11–March 15, 2015
Written by Suzan Zeder; Music by Harry Pickens; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

This traditional tall tale tells of Wiley who lives in fear of the Hairy Man who lurks in the swamp. When Wiley’s Momma attempts to prepare him to confront the wicked trickster, he pays little mind. As Wiley ventures into the swamp, he is forced to think on his feet in order to outwit his opponent. Will Wiley succeed in banishing the big bully from the territory?
Best for Ages 6+.



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Sinbad: The Untold Tale

April 8–May 29, 2015
By Charles Way; Directed by Janet Stanford 

Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. He tries to keep his feisty daughter Ittifaq safe from the sorceress Jan Shah. But when a mysterious cloud descends upon Baghdad putting all of the adults to sleep, proud Ittifaq must enlist the help of Sinbad the Porter, a street orphan whom she despises. A quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets ensues! The two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. 
Best for Ages 5+.




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June 24–August 14, 2015
Based on Erich Kästner's novel Lottie and Lisa (AKA The Parent Trap); Adapted by David S. Craig; Music by Marc Schubring; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer 

Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Having switched places, the girls discover that their deception is hard to sustain. Will their parents be convinced that the sisters belong together?
Best for Ages 5+. TICKETS>>




The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant)

Playing at The National Theatre in Washington, DC

July 14-25, 2015 
Based on the book by Roald Dahl; Adapted by David Wood; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer and Eric J. Van Wyk

The BFG is the world’s only friendly giant. He operates in the strictest of secrecy to bring good dreams to the human world, while his nasty counterparts steal and have the despicable habit of eating children. Upon meeting little orphan Sophie through her window, he whisks her away to his home in Giant Country. Together they embark on an adventure to Buckingham Palace to get help from the Queen and save the children from the other giants! Catch 2014’s most nominated professional theatrical production as it makes its GIANT leap to The National Theatre this Summer! Nominated for eleven Helen Hayes awards; winner of two (Outstanding Set Design, Hayes Production and Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences)! Best for Ages 5+. TICKETS>>
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ANNOUNCING The 2015-2016 Lerner Family Theatre Season!


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wingsWhen She Had Wings

September 23-November 1, 2015
By Suzan Zeder; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer 

Best for ages 5+
A world premiere play as a part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival in DC.

A nine-year-old girl named B fantasizes about flying in a makeshift cockpit she has built in a tree. The morning after a storm, B awakes to find A, a peculiar, elderly woman who “squawks” rather than talks, sharing her airplane. B believes that A is actually her heroine Amelia Earhart, who was never seen again after taking off across the Pacific Ocean. In exchange for B helping A finish her famous last flight, A promises B that she can and will fly! This story about using your imagination and making the impossible possible combines live sound and puppetry to create striking images and theatrical magic.


rsz 1rsz colon frogsA Year with Frog and Toad

November 24, 2015-January 10, 2016
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel; Book and lyrics by Willie Reale; Music by Robert Reale; Directed by Colin Hovde
Best for ages 4+

The hit Broadway and Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the acclaimed children’s books, Frog and Toad, is a holiday classic! Two best friends with completely opposite personalities wake up from hibernation, and enjoy hilarious and heartwarming adventures through the seasons. When Frog learns that Toad doesn’t receive mail, he quickly writes him a letter and asks the Snail to deliver it. Several uproarious Vaudeville vignettes ensue in which the friends go swimming, fly a kite, bake cookies, tell scary stories, and go sledding down a steep hill. Will the Snail successfully complete his journey to deliver the letter and a smile to Toad?



Jack and Phil, Giant-Slayers, INC.

February 3-March 13, 2016
By Charles Way; Directed by Janet Stanford
Best for ages 5+

In this contemporary, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Jack is a sporty, popular kid whose mother is facing foreclosure on their house. Jack enlists Phil, his smart yet nerdy neighbor, to accompany him to a pawnbroker to trade in his Grandfather’s gold watch for quick cash. Instead, the boys are paid in magic beans, and soon enough, a beanstalk grows tall with golden eggs, a harp, and a Giant’s home waiting at the top! After discovering the treasures, Jack becomes an overnight TV sensation, but his failure to acknowledge Phil’s help threatens the boys’ friendship, and very nearly leads to disaster when the Giant decides to come down from the beanstalk. 


robertoLooking for Roberto Clemente

April 13-May 22, 2016
By Karen Zacarias; Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma; Directed by Janet Stanford
Best for ages 5+

Sam and Charlie are best friends and baseball fanatics in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year 1972. Puerto Rican superstar Roberto Clemente is the hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates, having led the team to victory after years of losing. When a mysterious fly ball transforms Sam into a Little League Superstar pitcher, he is invited onto the most prestigious Little League team in town, while Charlie is rejected for being a girl. Charlie forms her own team with the less athletic kids and her new friend Tommy, a boy with a disability. Sam and Charlie ultimately discover what it truly means to be a “hero” when their final game coincides with Clemente’s fateful decision to deliver supplies to hurricane victims in Nicaragua.



 mermaidThe Little Mermaid

June 22-August 14, 2016
Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen; By Janet Stanford; Music by Matthew Pierce; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer; 
Choreography by Septime Webre and David Palmer
Best for ages 5+

In this faithful re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen original, the Little Mermaid falls in love with a human Prince, and longs to join him in his world above the waves. Despite the warnings of her Mer-family, the Little Mermaid seeks out the Enchantress who trades her pair of legs for the mermaid’s beautiful singing voice. A follow-up to the highly acclaimed The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe (2012), this collaboration between Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet features dance, puppets, music, and singing in a highly theatrical and epic style of performance.


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