Performances

Enjoy a night at McLean’s premier performing arts venue. The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a 383-seat performing arts venue that presents national and international touring acts in music, comedy, dance, film and more.

April 2024

Lightwire Theater: “The Ugly Duckling”

Family Friendly $15/$12 seniors/$10 MCC district residents Lightwire Theater’s production takes Aesop’s classic fable about acceptance and makes it electric! Their unique brand of electromagnetic storytelling uses only LED wire, larger than life puppets and a dramatic score to convey deep meaning and theatrical excitement. In 2012, Lightwire was a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent!” […]
Friday, Apr 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition Finals

Wednesday, April 17, 8 p.m. Free admission Come watch exemplary talent at The Alden at the McLean Community Center. The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean district (Small Tax District 1A, Dranesville). Following […]
Wednesday, Apr 17
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Performing Arts Movie

“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare Thursday, April 18, 1 p.m. Always free, always awesome. Programs subject to change. With Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, “Twelfth Night” was ‘blissfully reborn’ (The Daily Telegraph) for the 2012-13 season at London’s Globe Theatre. Not Rated
Thursday, Apr 18
1:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

BRUSH Theatre: “POLI POP”

Family Friendly $20/$17 seniors/$15 MCC district residents Poli and Pola are siblings who don’t want to go to sleep. The siblings start off playing with toys in their bedroom. Then, their imaginations take them on a surreal, dream-like journey full of surprise and joy. BRUSH Theatre of South Korea uses incredible technology and special effects […]
Sunday, Apr 21
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
May 2024

“Alice: Dreaming of Wonderland”

Family Friendly $20/$17 seniors/$15 MCC district residents Based on the classic by Lewis Carroll, “Alice” is an action-packed theatrical circus full of surprises, amazing acts, video projection with 3-D mapping and live music. Imagine the March Hare balancing on a tower of chairs during a tea party of The Mad Hatter playing crazy instruments or […]
Thursday, May 2
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

Improvicon

Presented By Dark Horse Theatre Company and (The) Unruly Theatre Project $20/$15 MCC district residents This event is a real deal competition of multiple improv groups throughout Northern Virginia. The show features audience participation and the hottest NOVA improv comedy groups!! Who will walk away with the title of Improvicon champion of 2024? This show […]
Saturday, May 4
7:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
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Foreign Language Film

“Parasite” Now two showings! Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 1 p.m. (South Korea; Directed by Bong Joon-Ho) Shown in Korean with English subtitles. Cannes and Oscar winner. Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. Rated R
Wednesday, May 8
6:30 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
colorful film strips

Foreign Language Film

“Parasite” Now two showings!Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.Thursday, May 9, 1 p.m. (South Korea; Directed by Bong Joon-Ho)Shown in Korean with English subtitles. Cannes and Oscar winner. Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. Rated R
Thursday, May 9
1:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

(the) Unruly Theatre Project

Free admission Come enjoy a night of laughs on us! (the) Unruly Improv is The Alden’s professional teen improv company dedicated to bringing comedic performances to the community. UTP won 1st place at Improvicon of Northern Virginia in both 2022 and 2023—and were the only teen group competing!
Friday, May 10
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Old Firehouse
1440 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101
June 2024
colorful film strips

Foreign Language Film

“Graduation” Now two showings! Thursday, June 6, 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. (Romania; Directed Cristian Mungiu) Shown in Romanian with English subtitles. Cannes winner. A father compromises his integrity to assure his daughter’s college admission. Blending rigorous naturalism with the precise construction of a thriller, this drama sheds light on the high stakes […]
Thursday, Jun 6
1:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

“Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now”—The Three Leading Ladies of “Hairspray”

With Marissa Jaret Winokur, Laura Bell Bundy and Kerry Butler Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. $75/$60 senior/$50 MCC tax district residents VIP $100/$85 senior/$75 MCC tax district residents VIP tickets include preferred seating and meet and greet after the show. The 20th anniversary of the original Broadway musical “Hairspray” is here! Reunited for the first […]
Saturday, Jun 8
7:00 PM
The Alden Theatre
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
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