InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series

We were awarded a generous $10,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) to launch InterAct Story Theatre's Wheaton Family Theatre Series. With the support of the AHCMC, as well as the wonderful partnership with the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, we are in full swing putting together these wonderful programs.

The Wheaton Family Theatre Series are performances and workshops for the whole family, presented absolutely free of charge.  From theatre, to music, to storytelling, InterAct Story Theatre is bringing five performances and follow-up activities to the Wheaton Library throughout the year.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. The Hero of EVERYTHING 
by Ali Oliver-Krueger

Performed by InterAct Story Theatre

The Wheaton Family Theatre Series will kick off on October 3, with our hit play “The Hero of EVERYTHING.” The Hero of EVERYTHING is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. The Hero of EVERYTHING, an original interactive superhero play for young audiences, premiered as a touring production last fall and instantly became one of the company’s most popular plays, having been performed for nearly 20,000 children and adults throughout the state so far. The interactive experience of the performance begins at the top of the show, with a brainstorming session among the actors and the audience – Let’s come up with some ideas for some brand new superheroes for today’s play, superheroes no one has ever seen before! – and continues with a post-performance talkback and “Behind the Scenes” presentation, in which audience members can learn how we make some of the science and engineering stage magic happen! Parents come away with a discussion guide they can use to explore the ideas in the play with their children and continue the theatrical experience at home. Kids come away with an amazing superhero adventure, and an invitation to create adventures of their own to share with us!  For more information about this play, please visit the Hero of Everything at the Silver Spring Black Box

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Story Tapestries presents Diane Macklin in Succotash Stories

Diane Macklin
Master Storyteller, has delighted listeners with a “dynamic” approach to engaging young and older for over 15 years. As an artist and certified educator, she has performed from Massachusetts to California as the resident teller for the "Let's Read About Africa" Program at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, to Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and countless libraries, schools, parks, and more. “Making a Difference, One Story at a Time!”

The performance will be followed by an engaging post-performance literacy workshop by Story Tapestries. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Drumming Through Time and Across Cultures with Tom Teasley

Join award-winning composer and world percussionist Tom Teasley on a unique musical journey around the world! Audiences travel the Silk Road from Italy to China and follow the Sugar Trade Route from Africa to the Americas. This program for all ages combines ancient instruments with the most recent advances in music technology, including digital looping. Audiences are captivated as Tom creates and records performances in real time, layering elements to create virtual percussion ensembles of up to five “performers”. Described in the Washington Post as “a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word”, Tom is a three-time recipient of the Helen Hayes Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design and a five-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for his work with indigenous musicians and performances in the Middle East. 

The performance is followed by a unique talkback opportunity with this world-class musician and world traveler. What's it like to travel around the world performing your music? How do you loop electronic music with ancient instruments to make music? How does a composer work?  Can we take a closer look at your instruments? This is the opportunity to ask and find out

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016 at 11 a.m.  Story Tapestries with presents Arianna Ross
(snow date: January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m.)

Story Tapestries returns in April with an exciting new program by Arianna Ross! Arianna weaves the power of music, dance and spoken word to create educational performances that will captivate the whole family. Their program combines a dramatic live storytelling performance with engaging post-performance literacy workshop. The whole family will walk away from the event dancing, singing, and telling stories. 

The performance will be followed by an engaging post-performance literacy workshop by Story Tapestries. 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro
(snow date: February 20, 2016)

by Lenore Blank Kelner  
with music composed by Cecilia Esquivel and Dani Cortaza
bilingual translation by Chema Pineda-Fernandez

Performed by InterAct Story Theatre

For the series finale in February, InterAct Story Theatre presents a new bilingual adaptation of a classic penned by InterAct Story Theatre's founder. One Gold Coin — Una moneda de oro  tells the story of what happens when a healer comes to a poor village with a mysterious gold coin. Everyone wants to get their hands on that coin coin, but there’s a catch — it can only be given to someone who truly needs it.  The coin passes through the hands of many endearing characters, transforming their lives and their hearts. This uplifting tale celebrates the spirit of giving and the power of kindness. The play is performed by two actors with the help of the entire audience, who become part of the village community right from where they sit.


WHAT: The Wheaton Family Theatre Series

WHERE: The Wheaton Regional Library, at 11701 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

WHEN: Family Theatre Series programs will take place on the following dates:

October 3, 2015: “The Hero of EVERYTHING”
November 7, 2015: Story Tapestries, Diane Macklin
December 5, 2015: Tom Teasley, “Drumming through Time and across Cultures”
January 9, 2016: Story Tapestries, Arianna Ross
February 13, 2016: “One Gold Coin”

All programs will be followed by a free interactive workshop

COST: Absolutely free, thanks to a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the support of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.