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Join The Alden and master artist Kofi Dennis at the Old Firehouse for an introductory to djembe drumming skills and improvisation. Included in this class is a chance to put your new skills to the test playing as a group in a community drum circle. This class is designed for children age eight and older and we recommended that families participate together.

8+ years
1 lesson @ 1 hr, 30 mins, $15/$10 for MCC tax district residents. $7 each additional person/$5 MCC district residents. Fee includes admission and drum rental for the event.
3053.318          F, 3/2          7-8:30 p.m.

The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA 22101

btn buy ticketsSunday, March 4, 2 p.m.
at the Old Firehouse
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

For ages 7+. Doktor Kaboom is an over-the-top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. Sporting chrome goggles, orange lab coat, motorcycle boots and wicked cool hair, Doktor Kaboom travels the world, thrilling adults and children alike with his explosive comedic style of science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain!

For ADA seating please contact evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov 571-296-8385

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Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 17-18, 2 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

For ages 6+. All the fun of just about every TV show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! This is a part talk show, part reality show dramatic retelling of a classic story you thought you knew performed by talented local young actors! The dwarves team up to share their own side of Snow White’s story.

For ADA seating, please contact evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov  or call 571-296-8385

Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Free admission

Wagner’s Ring Cycle is the Mount Everest of the opera world… just ask the stagehands! Follow the San Francisco Opera stagehands as they rehearse for the four-opera, 17-hour event, including the choreographed movement of large set pieces depicting underwater scenes, a ring of fire and a two-ton, smoke-belching, articulated dragon head.

Spring Break Quote-Along Movie
Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Admission and popcorn are free. Bring your own non-alcholic beverage. Prop bags are $5 each. Supplies are limited and advance purchase at is recommended. Click here to purchase your prop bag.

Board game turned classic movie turned awesome quote-along! Even if you’ve never seen “Clue” before, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and the gang will have you dying with laughter, but if you’re one of us who quotes it all the time, you can’t miss this. Don your best secret identity, select your room, but leave your lead pipes and ropes at home. (Don’t worry—you can purchase prop bags, so you won’t be empty-handed.)

btn buy ticketsFord’s Theatre
“The Wiz”
Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m.
$270/$205 MCC tax district residents.*

Ease on down the road to Ford’s Theatre to catch the Motown version of “The Wizard of Oz.” We’ll enjoy a scrumptious brunch at Cedar Restaurant and be joined by a musical theatre expert who will talk about the history of “The Wiz,” its evolution from an all-white musical to an all-black classic and its role in African American theatre and culture. This musical is family friendly and recommended for ages 9 and older. As part of the VIP Experience, The Alden staff will give an overview of audience etiquette and prepare our younger participants for a theatrical experience.

* Includes, round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Wiz,” brunch and non-alcoholic beverages at Cedar, and exclusive time with a guest from the arts industry. Registration deadline is Monday, March 5.

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btn buy ticketsFriday, April 13, 8 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$20/$14 MCC tax district residents

GRAMMY nominated Christylez Bacon is a dynamic member of the hip-hop movement, bringing innovation to an art form already known for mixing urban musical styles. His programs combine human beat box, rap and rhyming with storytelling and interactive call and response. He blends traditional elements of musical styles from jazz, go-go, hip-hop and more.

For ADA seating, please contact evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-296-8385

btn buy ticketsOpening Night of the Washington National Opera’s
“The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
$435/$335 MCC tax district residents.*

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! Rossini’s effervescent comedy sweeps onto the Kennedy Center stage with some of the hottest talent around. Your Alden staff hosts for the evening have opera experience both onstage and off. We’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at The Roof Terrace (alcoholic beverages not included) with special guest artists from the Washington National Opera. Please note that while formal attire is not required, because this performance is opening night, guests are welcome to wear their finest or most creative clothing.

* Includes round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Barber of Seville” in the orchestra section of the Kennedy Center Opera House, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and an intimate conversation with members of the Washington National Opera musical staff. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 22.

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Itinerary

4:30 p.m., Dolley Madison Library — Meet Sarah Schallern, The Alden’s Performing Arts Director, and Jennifer Garrett, The Alden’s Technical Director, to board private transportation to the Kennedy Center.

4:35 p.m.
— Off we go to the Kennedy Center! During the journey we’ll get to know one another, and Jennifer and Sarah will tell you a little about their backgrounds, what they do at The Alden, and give you some insight into “The Barber of Seville” and what it’s like working on an opera. Jennifer has worked on operas in technical capacities and Sarah is a former opera singer and stage director.

5 p.m.
— The group arrives at the Kennedy Center’s Rooftop Terrace Restaurant for a fine meal and excellent company. Guests from the Washington National Opera’s musical staff and young artists program will join us, give you even more information about WNO, “Barber,” and what it’s like to be a professional musician.

6:30 p.m.
— We will wrap up dinner, enjoy the view of the tidal basin from the iconic Kennedy Center terrace, and make our way down to the opera house for the performance.

6:50 p.m.
— Our group will gather in front of President Kennedy’s bust to admire the well-heeled crowd before taking our seats in the orchestra section.

7-10 p.m.
— Performance of “The Barber of Seville.” There will be at least one intermission.

10:20 p.m.
— We’ll board the coach back to McLean. Jennifer and Sarah will lead a post-performance discussion on our way.

10:50 p.m.
— Return to Dolley Madison Library.

Sunday, June 3, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission

For ages 3+. Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets are helping us welcome summer back to McLean! Their Grammy Award-Winning album, Home, weaves together childhood memories with textured pop tunes which is sure to turn the gazebo into a dance party. When he’s not touring, you can catch Tim every weekday morning on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel in the only live morning show for preschoolers or as the “tambourine guy” with Postmodern Jukebox!

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