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.
InterAct Story Theatre presents
Wheaton Family Theatre Series — Season 2!
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 five 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 a "Literacy Fiesta" in a local business in the Wheaton Arts & Entertainment District. In the Literacy Fiesta, InterAct Story Theatre artists engage in an interactive performance and workshop with kids and families to celebrate reading. Interested in more information? Read on!
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.
Courtesy of Artivate (formerly 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.
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!
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.
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!