It’s been a long time but the children’s theater in the DC area is back!
Things may look a little different, but the magic is the same. My six-year-old son and I recently went to Adventure Theatre’s first foray into outdoor performance and we were so happy to take a break from movie-watching to see a live performance.
Fairy Tales in the Sun: Two One-Act Plays
Fairytales in the Sun is a double-feature play featuring twists on two classic fairytales from very different cultures.
The first fairytale is The Flood in the Future is based loosely on an old Chinese myth. After Goddess Nü Wa warns her of an apocalyptic flood that results from water contamination, a young girl decides to give up her youth to save the world.
However, she soon learns that an individual’s power is never enough. In this version of the myth there is a heavy emphasis on the importance of protecting the environment and doing the right thing even if it comes at a cost. If you would like to tell your child about the original Goddess Nü Wa myth before the show you can read about it here.
The second fairytale will be more familiar to most children since it is loosely based on Cinderella. From Cinders to Ella is a play about putting in the hard work to forge your own happily ever after. Ella’s desire to rid her life of grief and hardship leaves her at a crossroads, where running from home just might mean running from what she needs most of all: a family. In this version of Cinderella, no prince is needed to help Cinderella find true love and happiness.
Both shows are performed by the same set of actors who use humor throughout both plays very well, even as they convey serious messages. My family thought this was a great return to live theatre for kids!
If you go check out the playground at Glen Echo Park and the carousel!
Good to Know:
- Plan about 10-15 minutes to walk from Glen Echo’s parking lot to Adventure Theatre, which is in the back of the park.
- For this outdoor performance you must first stop at the Adventure Theatre box office then walk past the theatre to get to the outdoor stage. Don’t worry about getting lost! Adventure Theatre staff in purple shirts will give you directions.
- For this outdoor performance Adventure Theatre’s restrooms are not available. Glen Echo Park’s public restrooms are open but they are a few minutes’ walk from the performance area so plan accordingly.
- There is plenty of seating available under three tents to provide some shade. Adventure Theatre will also give you a fan to help keep you cool during the performance.
- You may bring your own blanket to sit on during the performance.
- The performance runs about an hour.
- Masks are required for everyone.
- Shows are performed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 6th.
- All tickets are general admission. The outdoor seating in this show means there plenty of room to spread out and for little ones to have some space.
- Tickets cost $20.50 each and can be purchased here.
Picture Courtesy Jamie Davis Smith