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.
Opening 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.
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.