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Rex Daugherty and Julia Krebs star in "Wake Up, Brother Bear!" at Imagination Stage in Bethesda.
Rex Daugherty and Julia Krebs star in "Wake Up, Brother Bear!" at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. (Blake Echols)

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Friday, January 8, 2010

FOR FAMILIES

Prices listed where available.

Performances

"WAKE UP, BROTHER BEAR!" Friday-Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 and 11:45, Wednesday at 10:30, through Jan. 30. Join Brother and Sister Bear as they discover the seasons. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. http://www.imaginationstage.org. Best for ages 2 to 5. $7.

THE BANJO MAN Friday at 10:30. Folk and bluegrass-inspired children's songs. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. http://www.jamminjava.com. $5.

"DISNEY'S MULAN" Friday at 7; Saturday at 11, 1:30 and 4; and Sunday at 1:30 and 4, through Sunday. A stage adaptation of Disney's animated tale about a young woman in medieval China who dresses as a man to take her father's place in the army. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. http://www.imaginationstage.org. $10-$21.

"THE MUSIC MAN" Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 and Sunday at 2, through Jan. 17. Actors ages 12 to 18 perform the tale of the unscrupulous traveling salesman who tries to fleece the residents of a small town. Children's Theatre of Annapolis, Bay Head Park, 1661 Bay Head Rd., Annapolis. 410-757-2281. http://www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org. $15, $12 age 12 and younger and seniors.

"THE PRINCESS AND THE MAGIC PEA" Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30 and Sunday at 3, through Jan. 16. A musical adaptation of the classic tale of Peter Prince's search for a true princess, presented by the Children's Theatre, a division of Encore Stage and Studio. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154. http://www.encorestage.org. $10, $8 seniors, students and children.

THE GREAT ZUCCHINI Saturday at 11. The magician performs. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. http://www.dcimprov.com. $10.

"THE SNOW QUEEN" Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30. This magical holiday show is based on the well-known story by Hans Christian Andersen and is created in collaboration with puppet artists from Varna National Theatre in Bulgaria. Synetic Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 800-494-8497. http://www.classika.org. Best for age 4 and older. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

NOVA MANASSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Saturday at 3. "Magic and Whimsy" will include "The Red Lemon," composed by Jerry Brubaker and based on the children's book written by Bob Staake, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," the concert suite from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," and Mozart's "Papageno's Aria" from "The Magic Flute," featuring Glenkirk Elementary School's fourth-grade recorder class. Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas. 703-257-6500, Ext. 47737. http://www.manassassymphony.org. $10, $5 seniors, free for students.

BRADY RYMER Sunday at 11 and 1. Rymer, a rock-inspired singer and songwriter, kicks off the National Zoo's Wild Side Stage Performance Series for Children. Shows include a trip to one of the zoo's animal houses, where guests will meet keepers and watch demonstrations of the animals that inspired the performances. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-397-7328. 202-633-4800. http://www.fonz.org/wildsidestage.htm. Best for age 2 and older. $7.

THE GREAT ZUCCHINI Monday at 10:30. The magician performs. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. http://www.jamminjava.com. Best for ages 2 to 6. $5.


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