Kennedy Center to Open Family Theater

The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 8, 2005; 12:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- A theater organized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to entertain children opens Dec. 9 with a stage adaptation of "Alice," a children's book by actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg.

The new 324-seat Family Theater will take its place in the same riverside building as the center's Opera House, Eisenhower Theater, Concert Hall and Terrace Theater.

It has taken over the site of what was a movie theater that showed foreign films and other works not widely released. That function has been taken over by the American Film Institute's theater in suburban Silver Spring, Md.

"Alice" is the story of a little girl who sets out with friends to claim a big money prize in the city but finds that friendship is a bigger prize. The play will run through Jan. 2 and will be followed by others produced by the center's Youth and Family Programming.


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