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County of Fairfax, Virginia
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre
at the McLean Community Center
Administrative Offices : 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean Va. 22101
www.aldentheatre.org
 
 
Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
703-790-0123/TTY: 711
sabrina.anwah@fairfaxcounty.gov
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
018-040
 
 

The Alden in McLean Announces Its 2018-2019 Professional Artist Season
 

McLean, Va.—The Alden, McLean Community Center’s (MCC) performing arts venue, will present its 2018-2019 Professional Artist Series in untraditional spaces in the community this fall, before returning home to the renovated center that houses The Alden’s 383-seat theater in January 2019. Tickets for all season performances are on sale now at www.aldentheatre.org.
 
“Although we’ve enjoyed the creative and logistical challenge of programming outside of our home, we’re looking forward to being back in the community's beloved venue,” said Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern. “The inside of the theatre hasn’t been renovated; however, the rest of MCC will have amenities that will make the audience experience so much nicer.”
 
The Alden continues to present its interdisciplinary youth performances, with a greater focus on shows that appeal to multiple age groups. Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook said, “We’re finding that families are looking for outings that they can enjoy together—with their kids, teenagers, parents, even grandma and grandpa. Our family programming aims to be inspiring to children and of a high enough caliber that adults will also be entertained.”
 
Schedule (Subject to change)
 
Countdown Concerts in the Park (All Ages)
Sundays, Sept. 9-30, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free and open to the public
In anticipation of the McLean Community Center’s reopening in January 2019, The Alden presents a special concert series that tracks the history of the center from its opening in 1975 until today.
 
 
Superflydisco
Sunday, Sept. 9, 5 p.m.
Put your bell bottoms on and dust off your BeeGees records. MCC opened its doors in 1975. Help us recreate the ’70s in McLean Central Park with this super fun tribute band.
 
 
Teäze
Sunday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m.
Oh, the ‘80s. The days of big hair, frosted lipstick and lots of eyeliner. Tease your hair and come check out Teäze (get it?), a comedy/tribute band saluting the hair bands of the 1980s.
 
 
Saved by the ’90s
Sunday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m.
Saved by the ‘90s serves up an interactive party in the gazebo, playing everything from the Backstreet Boys to Green Day to Notorious B.I.G. to Weezer.
 
 
So Fetch
Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.
So Fetch is a 2000s tribute band with a set list of pop-punk, rap, rock and pop hits from ten years ago.
 

Family Movies
“Jurassic Park” (PG-13)
Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
$4/$2 MCC tax district residents
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. 
The original 1990 movie forever changed how we see movies. Come revisit (or discover) the Spielberg movie that spawned a whole army of sequels. Then come back on Saturday, Nov. 17, for “Hold on to Your Butts,” the ingenious and hilarious live, two-person (plus two Foley sound effect artist), scene-for-scene recreation of the movie.
 

Theater
 
“Hold on to Your Butts” 
A Recent Cutbacks Production
Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
$19/$14 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 60 minutes.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. 
65 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth. Twenty years ago, a movie about dinosaurs came out that ruled the box office. Now, two actors and two Foley (sound effects) artists perform a live, “shot-for-shot” remake of "Jurassic Park" that was named a “Critic's Pick” and “Top 10 Comedy Show of 2014” by TimeOut NY.
 
 
Ford’s Theatre
“A Christmas Carol” (Family Friendly)
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
$175/$135 MCC tax district residents
Join your friends and neighbors for a special outing to experience a DC holiday tradition: “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre. We’ll provide transportation and parking, theater tickets, and Alden staff members to act as your personal concierges. You just show up and enjoy.
 

Coming to The Alden in 2019
Schedule subject to change
 
 
The Capitol Steps (13+)
Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.
$50/$35 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 120 minutes
No one is safe from these political satirists, their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous Lirty Dies.
 
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: “Liner Notes” (All Ages)
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m.
$25/$15 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 90 minutes                                           
You will collide with music’s past and present through jazz standards, hip-hop samples and actual liner notes from musicians of the civil rights movement in this multimedia concert experience.
 
 
Vital Theatre Company presents:
“The Wizard of Oz” (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax District Residents; Running time: 60 minutes
Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through the eclectic world of Oz.
 
 
The Okee Dokee Brothers (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC tax District Residents; Running time: 60 minutes
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, mix their passion for the outdoors with Americana Folk music to create songs that they hope will inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative.
 
 
Perspectives Speaker Series
Presented in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library
Author Walter Mosley (13+)
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
Free. Pre-registration required. Sixty-minute talk followed by a book signing.
NAACP Image Award-winning writer of mysteries and crime fiction, in 2016 Mr. Mosley was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (Edgar Award).
 
 
The Joshua Show (Family Friendly)
Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax District Residents; Running time: 60 minutes
This award-winning family production features a modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, live music, tap dancing, physical comedy and multiple styles of puppetry to take the audience on a journey to find the joy in being yourself.
 
 
American Shakespeare Center on Tour
Sophocles’ “Antigone” (13+)
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 150 minutes
Sophocles’s drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law – and how love overcomes them all.
 
 
American Shakespeare Center on Tour
Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” (All ages)
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open and live music starts at 7p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 150 minutes
Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy.
 
 
American Shakespeare Center on Tour
Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” (13+)
Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m.      
Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 150 minutes
Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and, finally, to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone.
 
 
New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
“I’ve Got a Little Twist” (All Ages)
Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents; Running time: 120 minutes                 
A cabaret evening that reveals the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring ingeniously rewritten lyrics for G&S tunes, G&S numbers that are juxtaposed with more modern musical theatre and sometimes, classic Gilbert and Sullivan that is left intact and allowed to speak for itself.
 
 
“All the Way Live!” with Paige Hernandez and Baye Harrell (Family Friendly)
Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax District Residents; Running time: 60 minutes
In this interactive show, world-renowned hip-hop artists collaborate on the spot to “remix” everything from the alphabet to folktales. The remix unfolds with dance, rhyme, music…and you!

For more information, visit: www.aldentheatre.org.
 
About The Alden
Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.
 
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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.