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Closing Notice: The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday.   

Antigone - cast The Alden, with Its Highly-Anticipated Return Home in January, Offers A  Full Slate of Intergenerational Performing Arts Options

McLean, Va.— After an 18-month renovation, McLean Community Center’s performing arts venue, The Alden, will happily return home in January. In celebration, the theater is offering a wide range of professional performances designed to appeal to all ages. Tickets for all season performances are on sale now at www.aldentheatre.org.

“We’re looking forward to being back in the community's beloved venue,” said Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern. “The inside of the theater hasn’t been renovated; however, the rest of MCC will have amenities that will make the audience experience so much nicer.” In addition, the Alden’s youth performances have a greater focus on intergenerational shows, according to Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook. “We’re finding that families are looking for outings that they can enjoy together—with their kids, teenagers, parents, even grandma and grandpa.”

Schedule (Subject to change)


The Capitol Steps
(13+) (SOLD OUT)

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.
6:30 p.m. show JUST ADDED
$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 Aages)
Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open and live music starts at 7 p.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.