Since 1981, InterAct Story Theatre has brought a wide variety of educational, interactive performances, plays, and assembly programs to schools, libraries, and community venues, all throughout the area, delighting children, families, and educators alike.
Below are links to our featured in-school performance programs available for the 2016 - 2017 school year:
Family Performances and Community Events: All of our programs are available for evening or weekend events and family audiences. InterAct Story Theatre performances can be adapted for a wide variety of venues, including libraries, museums, community centers, arts centers and festivals. Please contact us for more information!
Also, if you are interested in family programming, please feel free to check out our family literacy programs and community building programs!
ONE GOLD COIN
Una moneda de oro
by Lenore Blank Kelner
Directed by Ali OliverKrueger
Music arranged and produced by Cantaré
InterAct Story Theatre is proud to present an update of one of our favorite pieces in our repertory! "One Gold Coin — Una moneda de oro", an adaptation of an InterAct classic written by Founding Director Lenore Blank-Kelner and directed by current Executive & Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, tells the story of a great healer who comes to the village of Regalo with a magical gold coin. Everyone is intrigued by the coin, but the magic of the coin can only be given to those who truly need it. This heartwarming tale about the spirit of giving is performed by two actors who become a variety of character, with a lot of help from YOU, the audience! Audience members "get into the act" right from their seats, singing, acting, and becoming the villagers of Regalo who see the coin pass through many hands as it works its magic. This play is performed in a new adaptation in English and Spanish, and features a fresh new musical score by WAMMIE-award winning Latin American duo Cantaré. 50 minutes, best for ages 4 and up.
"One Gold Coin — Una moneda de oro," a play in English and Spanish for the whole family
Fri, September 9, 2016: 11:00pm & 1:00pm
Sat, September 10, 2016: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Sun, September 11, 2016: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Fri, September 16, 2016: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Sat, September 17, 2016: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Sun, September 18, 2016: 11:30am & 1:30pm
InterAct Story Theatre is proud to announce that we have been awarded a second Wheaton Cultural Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County's (AHCMC) to bring the InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series back to town for a second season! This initiative by AHCMC aims to activate our home base of Wheaton, Maryland as an Arts and Entertainment District, and we could not be more excited to follow-up our successes of Season One and continue to activate arts for all ages in our very own backyard.
Season Two of the InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series starts this October, and will include seven performances and interactive family events including theatre for young audiences, dance, storytelling, creative drama workshops, and world music. Programs will take place in different businesses and venues throughout the Wheaton Urban District, including four performances at Westfield Wheaton Mall. And, thanks to our wonderful sponsors and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, all performances will be FREE to the public!
NEW THIS YEAR: Season Two includes two major programs at Westfield Wheaton Mall, and three "Literacy Fiestas" in different businesses and locations throughout the Wheaton Arts & Entertainment District. In the Literacy Fiestas, InterAct Story Theatre artists engage in interactive performances and workshops with kids and families to celebrate reading. Interested in more information? Read on!
WHEATON INTERIM LIBRARY — OCTOBER 15, 2016
2400 Arcola Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
This year we are kicking off Season 2 with the world premiere of a brand new original play by InterAct Story Theatre! Help us celebrate another year of Arts in Wheaton with a FREE, interactive community performance of The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times. It's a story about how we deal with anger and other big feelings, told as a brand new tall tale from the Old West.
WESTFIELD WHEATON — NOVEMBER 5, 2016
11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Courtesy of Performing Arts Center For African Cultures
InterAct Story Theatre artist and Ghanaian Master Drummer Ansah-Brew brings the Fritete Drum and Dance Ensemble to the Wheaton Family Theatre Series. This lively event features a program of rhythms, dances, songs, and chants with a clear mission of representing various ethnic groupings in Africa.
WESTFIELD WHEATON — DECEMBER 3, 2016
11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Courtesy of Class Acts Arts
Cantaré is a Latin American music ensemble based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Cantaré is led by vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and guitarist Dani Cortaza of Argentina. Their engaging programming will be a dynamic musical performance, informing the audience about Latin American geography, history and culture.
Cecilia and Dani's work can also be heard in InterAct Story Theatre's production of One Gold Coin-una moneda de oro this September at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring! For more information and tickets go here.
JANUARY, 2017 — LOCATION TBD
Courtesy of InterAct Story Theatre
In our Literacy Fiesta programs, kids and adults join together in a celebration of books and stories! In our January Fiesta, we'll chase away the chills by exploring a kid-friendly folk tale as actors--playing drama games, sharing a storytelling experience together, acting out stories in our own words and even making up a new story to share! Everyone gets into the act with InterAct Story Theatre's teaching artists in this engaging and fun frolic with books. 45 minutes, best for ages 4 and up.
FEBRUARY, 2017 — LOCATION TBD
In our Literacy Fiesta programs, kids and adults join together in a celebration of books and stories! In our February Fiesta, we'll explore a kid-friendly folk tale through creative movement and dance. Kids get to practice reading skills while moving, dancing, and sharing stories with our families and friends. What a fun way to dance away the winter blues! 45 minutes, best for ages 4 and up.
MARCH 11, 2017 — Location TBD
March is Music in Our Schools Month, and we'll celebrate in Wheaton with Tom Teasley, the fabulous percussionist, composer and cultural ambassador. Tom returns to Wheaton for Season Two after a wonderful program during Season One, in which he dazzled kids and adults alike. Described by the Washington Post as "a multi-instrumental genius," Tom delights the audience by performing with a multitude of instruments and allowing the audience to engage with them in dynamic ways. We can't wait to see what Tom drums up for us in March!
LOS CHORROS RESTAURANT — APRIL 8, 2017
In our Literacy Fiesta programs, kids and adults join together in a celebration of books and stories! Ali Oliver-Krueger, playwright/composer, performing artist, and Artistic Director of InterAct Story Theatre, will join us for a special interactive performance of Mama-San Stories, weaving stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories) in this funny and heart-warming east-meets-west storytelling experience.
MAY 6, 2017 - LOCATION TBD
We are closing out Season 2 with a special festival of performances of stories and plays written by kids! Through out the season, we will be inviting kids from the Wheaton Family Theatre Series audiences and from schools throughout Montgomery County to submit stories and ideas for short plays. We'll cap off our wonderful year of family arts with a few of these plays, directed and performed by InterActors!
Stay tuned for more information!
WHAT: The Wheaton Family Theatre Series, Season 2
WHEN: Wheaton Family Theatre Series programs will take place on the following dates:
October 15, 2016: “The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times”
November 5, 2016: Kwame Ansah-Brew and Fritete Drum and Dance Ensemble
December 3, 2016: Cantaré
January, 2017: Family Literacy Fiesta: Books Alive
February, 2017: Family Literacy Fiesta: Dance Our Way Through Books
March 11, 2017: Tom Teasley, World Percussionist
April 8, 2017: Family Literacy Fiesta: Mama-San Stories, Ali Oliver-Krueger
May 6, 2017: InterAct Story Theatre's First "Kid Story Theatre Festival"
COST: Absolutely free, thanks to a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the support of our many partners and sponsors.
We would like to thank our sponsors, funders, and supporters, including
...and all of our legions of friends, family, volunteers and cheerleaders, without whom the second season of InterAct Story Theatre's Wheaton Family Theatre Series would not be possible.