Monday, January 5, 2009

DC Charity Spotlight: Adventure Theatre

$100: costumes for 1 actor in a main-stage production;
$500: 4-session drama workshop at an inner-city school;
$1000: main-stage production for 200 Title I school students

The longest-running professional theatre for children and families in the Washington region, Adventure Theatre offers stage adaptations of classic children's stories -- from Jack and the Beanstalk to the Helen Hayes-nominated Goodnight Moon. But it also provides more: a book club where families read together and then watch the piece unfold before their eyes; an outreach project that pairs plays with community programs (Go, Dog Go joins Dog Adoption Day; Harold and the Purple Crayon sponsors a crayon recycling drive).

Discounted tickets and transportation bring 2,700 students from underserved communities to AT's weekly performances. Plays with a purpose -- one on civil war nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, another on African American children in the civil rights movement -- tour at local schools, while after-school, weekend, and summer workshops give youngsters a chance to develop their theatrical selves. AT's professionals work with students to prepare and perform musical theater productions at elementary schools in Montgomery County -- and funding would allow the program to expand to DC schools. You can help bring up the lights!

Adventure Theatre
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

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