Adventure Theatre MTC

Children's Theater
Through 10/26

Stuart Little

A vintage radio predicts rain and four adult actors bound into the attic, playing kids who decide to spend the day dramatizing their favorite story, "Stuart Little," grabbing any props they can find. Stuart himself (Chris Dinolfo) pops out of a trunk and, along with his human pals, jumps into a selection of adventures. Guest director Colin Hovde of Theatre Alliance has put "Stuart Little" onstage with the larger-than-life energy needed to keep the youngest kids enthralled without sacrificing the innate charm of E.B. White's often ruminative tale by forcing his cast over the top. Adaptor Joseph Robinette has dispensed with White's extended literary narratives and gone for the action sequences, which makes sense for this 50-minute one act, geared to the youngest children on up. The play ends on a note of modern-style positivity and a call for kids to celebrate their imaginations. It is a departure from the book's muted and unresolved finale, in which Stuart heads out into the world, but it fits nicely with the energy that has come before. At the Adventure Theatre MTC.
11/14 - 1/1/15

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol

Tiny Tim attempts to save the day when Mr. Scrooge insists that his father, Bob Crachit, work on Christmas Day. At the Adventure Theatre MTC.
1/30/15 - 3/8/15

Petite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding Hood

At the Adventure Theatre MTC.
4/3/15 - 5/25/15

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

At the Adventure Theatre MTC.
6/19/15 - 8/23/15

Garfield, the Musical with Catittude

At the Adventure Theatre MTC.

Editorial Review

Frustrated because they couldn't find quality theater for children in the Washington area, a group of women founded the Adventure Theatre in 1951. The early productions were performed on a borrowed stage with costumes and scenery created in cast members' basements. In 1971, the troupe found a home at Glen Echo Park, a wooded niche in the banks high above the Potomac River and the old C&O Canal. The company performs year-round in the park's little theater; the audience sits on 165 rather hard, bleacher-like seats. Plays run about 45-minutes long and stay in production for about a month. Seating is general admission. If you believe that your child might be disappointed with seats that are far back, be sure to get in line early. After performances, the cast members wait in the lobby and sign the young one's programs.

The scripts are often adapted by company members from familiar fairy tales and classic stories, and are appropriate for children from elementary to junior high school. Fall, winter and spring drama classes and workshops are offered by the theater, as well as a summer theatre workshop. In-school performances are also organized by the troupe to bring theater into area schools.