311 Kent Square Rd.,

Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394


The Gaithersburg Arts Barn offers a full season of theatric performances presented in partnership with several area theater groups. The intimate 99-seat Arts Barn theater is in what was once the loft of a century-old stable that has been fully renovated as an arts center. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Children's Shows

* Tomorrow through Oct. 29, "The Girl Who Captured the Moon," as presented by Sandy Spring Theatre Group.

Frank DiCostanzo's fairy tale follows Jane's journey to Snow Mountain as she tries to save her home town.

* Dec. 2 through 18, "Charlotte's Web," presented by Kensington Arts Theatre.

Joseph Robinette's adaptation of E.B. White's book about a bashful pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte. In the course of the story, Wilbur learns that pork is a pig's destiny.

* April 7 through 23, "The Arkansaw Bear," presented by Artstream Inc.

Aurand Harris's children's classic is the story of a young girl who meets the world's greatest dancing bear as he flees from his own mortality. For ages 5 and older.

Tickets for children's shows are $10, or $8 for City of Gaithersburg residents. The children's theater performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Regular Season

* Nov. 4 through 26, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," presented by Montgomery Playhouse.

Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield wrote this play, which combines all 37 of Shakespeare's plays and his sonnets in a wild two-hour performance by just three actors.

* Dec. 3 and 4, 10 and 11, "An Evening of Shaw," presented by Montgomery Playhouse. Special 7:30 p.m. showtimes.

Two one-act plays. "Dear Liar," by Jerome Kilty, is based on the correspondence of George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. "Overruled," by Shaw, is a farce about two couples and their relationships with each other's mates.

* Jan. 27 through Feb. 5, "Quilters," presented by Sandy Spring Theatre Group.

This musical by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek tells the story of a pioneer woman and her daughters, examining the sweep and beauty of frontier life along with its harsh challenges.

* Feb. 17 through March 12, "The Glass Menagerie," presented by Montgomery Playhouse.

In this timeless drama, Tennessee Williams examines tenderness, charm and beauty.

* May 12 through June 4, "The Diary of Anne Frank," presented by Silver Spring Stage.

In this new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman of the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Anne emerges from history as a lyrical, gifted young girl.

Tickets for regular season shows range from $10 to $15. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays, except for the December shows, which start at 7:30 p.m.