I’m back. It was a rough couple of weeks at my house between colds and the stomach bug but we are alive and kicking. I think 🙂 I was at the park yesterday on a unusual sunny and warm day pushing my kids in the swings and had a profound thought… “I am so blessed to live here.” I really am. So blessed. So grateful. Why? Because right when we walked up to the park my kids yelled out, “Our cups!” My husband took them to the park with their bottles about a week earlier and guess what? They were still there. No one took them. Euclid Park is the best. If you don’t have children, you’ve probably never visited, but you should. There is a wide open area with a couple of soccer fields, baseball field, basketball and tennis courts. Did I happen to mention the huge trees that make it feel incredibly secluded and rural?
Anyhow, I’m back and today I wanted to share the Publick Playhouse schedule for January and February with you. So I have to admit, I’ve never been there before but after reading the schedule below, I definitely need to make a trip. If you are headed toward Hyattsville on 202, the Playhouse (or former Cheverly movie theater) is on your left. I hope you all are able to make some performances to support this local venue.
Happy New Year,
Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts
5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, MD 20784 (free, on-site parking)
Box Office: 301-277-1710 (TTY 301-699-2544)
The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, and two hours before every performance. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with a VISA or Mastercard, or at the Box Office with a check, cash, VISA or Mastercard (A handling fee of $3 per transaction applies to credit card charges) All tickets are general seating.
Sunday, January 17 (Jan 24 snow). 10:00 am – 6:00 pm World Dance Showcase Auditions
Be a part of this annual program of international dance. Dance companies are invited to audition traditional work in any culture-specific dance style. Work must not exceed 15 minutes in length and must be auditioned in finished form in costume. Auditions are by appointment only and open to performers 16 years and older. Apply online at arts.pgparks.com or call 301-446-3232, TTY 301-446-6802. Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 5 pm. Performance date is Saturday, March 19, 8 pm.
Tuesday, January 26, 10:15 am & 12 noon Snowday
What sounds like a band but doesn’t have instruments? Snowday! This dynamic quintet creates unique music using just their voices to delight audiences of all ages. Snowday’s talented singers present upbeat songs and moving rhythms that trace the history of a cappella singing and demonstrate how to create its harmonic parts — including a vocal drumming lesson with the audience. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: language arts, social studies, music. Tickets: $8/Person, $6/Groups of 20 or More
Sunday, January 31, 4 pm Monday, February 1, 10:15 am & 12 noon – GEICO Gecko Series Tuesday, February 2, 11 am: Platinum Live Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart
Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley brings legendary athlete Jackie Robinson to life in this compelling drama that contrasts Jackie Robinson, the baseball star who was cheered by thousands in the stadium, with the Jackie Robinson who had to live in segregated America, using separate restrooms and entering restaurants through the back door. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: U.S. History, African-American History, Social Studies. Sunday and Tuesday – Tickets: $10/Person $8/Groups of 20 or More. Monday – Tickets: $8/Person $6/Groups of 20 or More; free to Title 1 Public Schools
Thursday, February 11 9:30 am & 11:15 am Tots Percussion Workshop: “Samba!”
Students will learn to play and groove to the rhythms of different instruments found in a traditional Brazilian samba band in this workshop specially designed for small children. All instruments provided. Reserve early, space is limited. Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 1. $5 Students and Observers
Thursday, February 18, 10:15 am & 12 noon Queen Nur’s Voices of Courage: Profiles of 19th Century African American Women
Critically acclaimed storyteller Queen Nur creates indelible portraits of seven pioneering and courageous African-American women: Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, Frances Harper, Cathy Williams, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and Mary McLeod Bethune. Don’t miss this stirring historical program of stories and music. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Curriculum Connections: Women’s History, African American History, U.S. History. Tickets: $8/Person, $6/Groups of 20 or More
Friday, February 19, 11:00 am Platinum Live: Queen Nur’s Sweet Potato Pie
Incomparable storyteller Queen Nur presents a rich blend of tales, songs and rhymes celebrating African-American heritage and the art of storytelling, all accompanied by African percussion instruments. This highly energetic and interactive performance will delight as well as enlighten all ages. Tickets: $10/Person $8/Groups of 20 or More.
Sunday, February 21, 4:00 pm PRAISE Dance Festival
The popular annual festival returns with outstanding liturgical dance from DC area studios, ministries, and ensembles which are selected by audition. Tickets: $25/Person, $20/Seniors, Students, Groups of 20 or More
Tuesday, February 23, 10:15 am & 12 noon. Wednesday, February 24, 10:15 am & 12 noon Inauguration of Barack Obama: A Change is Gonna Come
The story of the nation’s first African American President is told in this compelling drama. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: U.S. History, African American History, Social Studies. Tickets: $8/Person $6/Groups of 20 or More
Saturday, February 27, 8 pm Tribute to the Music of B.B. King
Experience the music of the King of the Blues when the BRENCORE BLUES ALLSTAR BAND comes to the Playhouse with a sensational and heartfelt musical tribute. Top blues artists from the DMV perform the music that made King a legend. Tickets: $30/Person, $25/Seniors, Students, Groups of 20 or More
Monday, February 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon GEICO Gecko Series The Right to Dream
The story of a young African-American’s coming of age in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s is vividly told in this compelling production, offering the audience an individual, inside view of this tumultuous, challenging period of American history. Recommended for Grades 5 and up. Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights, Human Rights, Civics (Government), US History, African American History,
Tickets: $8/Person, $6/Groups of 20 or More; Free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George’s County