Alden Theatre


First Western Stars

Special 16mm editions of Western silent films, "The Tollgate" (with William S. Hart) and "Shootin' Mad" (G.M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson) are set to a live improvised score by composer Ben Model and commentary by film historian Bruce Lawton. At the Alden Theatre.

Pinkalicious: the Musical

A girl comes down with Pinkititis after eating too many pink cupcakes. Presented by Vital Theatre. Best for age 4 and older. At the Alden Theatre.
1/30 - 2/15


In this play presented by McLean Community Players, a teen attempts to navigate a new school, his parents divorce and growing up. At the Alden Theatre.

Fly Guy & Other Stories

At the Alden Theatre.

Chita: A Legendary Celebration

Come celebrate the one and only CHITA RIVERA in a unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend's 80th Birthday! The two-time Tony Award-winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie and The Rink. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, with live accompaniment. "You leave this show walking on air!" raves The New York Times. "Shimmering Show-biz perfection" cheers the Los Angeles Times. "Chita Rivera is more than a musical theatre star. She's a force of nature." raves The Associated Press. At the Alden Theatre.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The company presents a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti. At the Alden Theatre.


Pilobolus is an innovative dance company that is acclaimed for its mix of humor, invention and drama. Note: Program contains nudity. At the Alden Theatre.

Call Me William: The Life and Loves of Willa Cather

The solo show tracks the life of Cather from dressing like a man in college to winning a Pulitzer Prize. At the Alden Theatre.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings Carle's stories to the stage using black-light puppetry. Best for age 4 and older. At the Alden Theatre.

Dog Loves Books

ArtsPower's musical follows a dog who opens a book store. Best for age 5 and older. At the Alden Theatre.

Editorial Review

Built by Fairfax County in 1977, the McLean Community Center underwent renovations in 1988. It now features a lovely 424-seat theater (386 when seats are removed for an orchestra pit), which has been named for Robert Ames Alden, McLean community leader and former Washington Post editor.

Equipped with infrared listening assistance for the hearing impaired, the theater accommodates wheelchair seating as well. Several community theater companies use the facility: C.A.S.T. in McLean puts on a musical each year; the McLean Theatre Alliance does a musical and a play; and the Great Falls Players split their offerings between the Great Falls Grange and the Alden. The McLean Symphony also uses the facility, and a wide range of visiting acts is booked as part of the Adult's Performance Series and the Children's Performance Series.

The Alden box office is part of the Ticketmaster system, and tickets for a wide variety of events throughout the Washington metropolitan area can also be purchased here.

-- Brad Hathaway