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The Alden in McLean Announces 2019-2020 Professional Artists Performance SeriesBPP Group NewWeb2


McLean, Va.— The Alden Theatre in McLean announces its 2019-2020 intergenerational, cross-genre presenting season. The season is filled with global talent that one rarely sees in such an intimate setting. With just 383 seats, The Alden offers a unique audience experience and a personal, community feel. Season highlights include a special Saint Patrick’s celebration from Celtic band Danú, stars of the Great White Way in “Broadway Princess Party” and Australian theatrical visionaries Slingsby. Tickets for all performances go on sale at www.aldentheatre.org on Monday, July 1. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Continuing its commitment to serve audiences of all ages, The Alden uses the following rating system: All Ages (AA): appropriate for audiences of every ages; Family Friendly (FF): programmed specifically for families with elementary-school-age children and younger; 13+: presentation contains subject matter and language that is best suited for teens and adults.

Theater

“Broadway Princess Party" (All Ages)
Sunday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.
Limited VIP tickets with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the princesses, premium seating and autographed posters: $85/$60 MCC tax district residents/$80 students and seniors
$50/$35 MCC tax district residents/$45 students and seniors
“Broadway Princess Party” features Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and voice of Meg in the movie “Hercules”) and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (original Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway) and Christy Altomare (Anastasia in "Anastasia" on Broadway) singing every princess song in the book. Running time: 90 minutes.


American Shakespeare Center (ASC) on Tour
ASC on Tour returns with their signature fast-paced, fourth wall-breaking style. Packages of all three plays and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” are available for $110/$80 MCC tax district residents.

Shakespeare’s’ “Imogen (Cymbeline)” (13+)
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents
Princess Imogen is catapulted onto an epic journey when her father, King Cymbeline, banishes her soulmate. Featuring a band of tough-but-loveable woodsmen, an evil queen, noble battles and unexpected plot twists, this late Shakespearean play enchants audiences with a story about a powerful princess who will do anything for love. Running time: 150 minutes.

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (All Ages)
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open and live music starts at 7 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents
In “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Shakespeare casts a theatrical spell powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind's power of imagination and reveals that the “course of true love” can alter with just one touch of magic. Running time: 150 minutes.

Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” (13+)
Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents
An Oklahoma drought during the Great Depression forces the Joad family to flee their home for the promise of a new life in California. Will hope prevail through the hardships and heartbreak? Steinbeck’s classic novel comes to life in this Tony Award-winning stage adaptation. Running time: 150 minutes.

Barter Players Encore Company
“Frosty” (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents
A musical retelling of the “Frosty the Snowman” story. Running time: 60 minutes.

“Jedi Academy” (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents
Kids and families can join the Rebel Alliance and access the Force within! “Jedi Academy” is a solo, comedy variety show. Running time: 60 minutes.


Slingsby’s “Emil and the Detectives” (Family Friendly)
by Erich Kästner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
Saturday, May 9, 1 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC tax district residents
In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, the story is told by combining the thrilling intrigue of a classic caper with an evocative film noir design, complete with smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Running time: 60 minutes.

Magic

Mario The Maker Magician (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents
Mario “the Maker Magician” uses his DIY robotic creations, handmade props and signature slapstick character to awe and inspire family audiences. Running time: 60 minutes.


Music

The Pop Ups
“The Great Pretenders Club” (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents
Three-time Grammy nominees, The Pop Ups, transport family audiences of all ages into a whimsical, educational world with dancing robots, a fire-stomping rhino, live drawing, huge balloons, full-scale puppets and even a costume party! Running time: 60 minutes.

LARD Dog (Family Friendly)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents
Life’s A Real Dream is an all-ages musical extravaganza that promotes positive messages of creativity, acceptance and frivolity—with massive amounts of absurdism thrown in. Lard Dog and his six-piece Band of Shy invite you to their unique audio-visual universe, complete with catchy songs, multimedia graphics and interactive props. Running time: 60 minutes.


Simon and Garfunkel [Revisited]: Live in Central Park (All Ages)
Recreated by Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers
Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC tax district residents
Vocalists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate the 1981 Simon and Garfunkel concert in Central Park. Their beautiful harmonies bring alive the set list from that magical night: “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “The Sound of Silence” and many more. Running time: 90 minutes.

John Eaton Eaton’s Holiday Songbook (All Ages)
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
$30/$25 student and senior/$20 MCC tax district residents
Some of biggest hits from the Great American Songbook are holiday themed—think “White Christmas,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” This concert will bring those standards to life as only John Eaton can—with style, humor and insight. Running time: 90 minutes.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Damian Sneed’s “We Shall Overcome” (All Ages)
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
$45/$35 students and seniors/$20 MCC tax district residents
Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Running time: 90 minutes.

Danú “Saint Patrick’s Celebration” (All Ages)
Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m.
$50/$45 student and senior/$35 MCC tax district residents
Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room-only concerts are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Running time: 90 minutes.

Jazz Masters with John Eaton: Cole Porter (All Ages)
Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m.
$20/$15 student and senior/$10 MCC tax district residents
Here’s a riddle: Witty, brilliant, elegant… are we talking about Cole Porter or John Eaton? John will illuminate the music of Porter with insight into the composer’s life and writing style and classy renditions of his biggest hits and little-known gems. Running time: 90 minutes.

Comedy

The Capitol Steps (13+)
Saturday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m.
$50/$45 student and senior/$35 MCC tax district residents
No one is safe from these political satirists, their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous “Lirty Dies.” Running time: 120 minutes.


The Good Humor Men (All Ages)
Starring Moody McCarthy, Keith Alberstadt and Pat Hazell
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.
$35/$30 student and senior/$20 MCC tax district residents
Three of America’s funniest stand-up comedians (with numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “The Daily Show”) join forces for a not-so-blue show to chase away your blues. Running time: 90 minutes.

Dance

Hiplet Ballerinas (All Ages)
Saturday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
$30/$20 MCC tax district residents
Hiplet fuses classical pointe technique with African, Latin, hip-hop and urban dance styles. Performances incorporate many styles including the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesques with beat-boxing or even tango en pointe—all while showcasing Hiplet's trademark sass, hip movements and struts. Running time: 90 minutes.

Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana (All Ages)
“Reflejos Flamencos”
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
$40/$35 student and senior/$30 MCC tax district residents
“Reflejos Flamencos” (Flamenco Reflections), the newest production by Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana, celebrates the fundamental emotions that connect us while honoring the individual human spirit inherent in flamenco. Running time: 120 minutes.

In addition, during the 2019-2020 season, The Alden will offer midday movies for families, foreign-language films with subtitles for adults, speakers, authors, chamber music, and more.


Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 1. For more information, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA accommodations, contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov ; or call 571-296-8385.