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Friday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean VA 22101btn buy tickets
$4/$2 MCC tax district residents (no fees to purchase online)

The original 1993 movie forever changed how we see movies—and glasses of water. Come revisit (or discover) the Spielberg movie that spawned a whole army of sequels. (See what we did there?) Then come back on Saturday, Nov. 17, for “Hold on to Your Butts,” the ingenious and hilarious live, two-person-plus-Foley-artist scene-for-scene recreation of the movie.

btn buy ticketsSaturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$8/$5 for MCC tax district residents.
McLean Community Center Class Program Space, 6645 Old Dominion Dr., McLean VA 22101

Ulrich is a regular performer in the DC improv scene featured in the troupes King Bee, Nox! and Jive Turkey. He studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and the Washington Improv Theater and DC Improv in Washington.

This master class will explore collaboration, trust and being in the moment for improv performers. Participants will learn a number of games you can play just about anywhere, learn how to develop scenes, create characters within seconds, and learn exercises to help create "group mind" to better work and act together. Expect a high energy and active session! No improv experience is required, but it is designed for 9th-12th graders who are on an improv team, who are involved in theatre or are interested in improvisation.

btn buy ticketsFriday, Nov. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Old Firehouse 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA 22101
$12/$8 for MCC tax district residents  Fee includes admission and drum rental for the event. 

Back by popular demand! Join The Alden for a creative (and de-stressing) Friday evening master class for families. Participants will learn the elements of Djembe Drumming from artist Kofi Dennis and then use those skills in a group drum circle.

This class is designed for those eight and up, and it is recommended that families participate together. Children under 14 must have a parent register with them.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m.
$12/$8 for MCC tax district residents. btn buy tickets
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean VA 22101

Foley (or the creation of sound in film and on stage) is one of the most creative and fun ways to play with storytelling. In this workshop, families will explore the sounds we can make with our voices and with everyday objects to imitate sounds of the world. With a mix of demonstration, trial and error, and games, this hands-on workshop explores the ways Recent Cutbacks makes and use sound in their shows and how you can too! This class is designed for those 8 and up, and it is recommended that families participate together. Children under 14 must have a parent register with them. 

Workshop and “Hold On To Your Butts” ticket combo: $26/$18 for MCC tax district residents Click here to purchase combo tickets 

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Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
$19/$14 MCC tax district residents. Tickets go on sale Wednesday Aug. 1.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean VA 22101

Sixty-five million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth... Twenty years ago, Jurassic Park, a movie about dinosaurs came out that ruled the box office. Now, two actors and two Foley sound effects artists perform a live, “shot-for-shot” remake that was named a Critic's Pick and Top 10 Comedy Show of 2014 by TimeOut NY. Running time: 60 minutes. video


"Painfully funny…. Made us cry actual tears of laughter… a pure joy from start to finish." - TimeOut NY


“Die-hard fans of ‘Jurassic Park’ definitely don’t want to miss this, but then again neither should everyone else." -Victoria Teague, “New York Theatre Review”


* Come at 2 p.m. for a Family Foley workshop with the experts from Recent Cutbacks.
Workshop and “Hold On To Your Butts” ticket combo: $26/$18 for MCC tax district residents Click here to purchase combo tickets

btn buy ticketsSunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. (performance is 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission)
$175/$135 MCC tax district residents. Tickets on sale August 1 - October 30.
Registration deadline: Oct. 30.

Join your friends and neighbors for a special outing to experience a DC holiday tradition: “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre. We’ll provide transportation and parking, theatre tickets, and Alden staff members to act as your personal concierges; you just show up and enjoy. video

Limited to 20 participants. Transportation departs from and returns to Dolley Madison Library.

As per Ford's Theatre's regulations "No one under the age of 5 will be admitted to mainstage performances. All patrons regardless of age must have a ticket."

Saturday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.  (120 minutes)
$50/$35 MCC tax district residents.

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No one is safe from these political satirists, their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous Lirty Dies. video


"The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life." —Former President George H. W. Bush 

Alden Spring Production Auditions for: “Winnie-the-Pooh”

Dramatized by Kristin Sergel, from the Stories of A.A. Milne

Produced with special arrangements with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY


Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15, 7-9 p.m.: Open Auditions

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7-9 p.m.: Call Backs

at The Alden


It’s story time for Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh, but Pooh won’t hear just any story, he wants to hear a story about himself, because “he’s that sort of bear.” Pooh’s love of honey and his friendship with Piglet take him and the rest of the forest creatures, Owl, Eeyore and Rabbit, on a journey as they try to understand their new neighbors, Kanga and Roo. There is a reason this beloved story has become a classic for all ages—the themes are universal and the characters are silly, yet charming.

Youth actors will work with The Alden’s team of theatre professionals to bring this story to life with full sets, costumes and technical elements on The Alden’s stage.


Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., from late January through mid-March

Performances: Saturdays and Sundays, March 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2 p.m., in The Alden

Who can audition: Students between the ages of 10-16 who live in the MCC Tax District

To schedule an audition time, please email Danielle.VanHook@fairfaxcounty.gov with your date and time preference: 7, 7:30, 8 or 8:30. Please specify your age and address in your email.

Additional rehearsals may be required if deemed necessary by the director and producer. Because theatre-making is a group activity, attendance at each rehearsal, tech rehearsal and performance is mandatory unless approved in advance by the producer.

If cast, participation Fee: $150/actor

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: “Liner Notes” (All ages)  btn buy tickets

Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.   (90 minutes)

 $25/$15 MCC tax district residents  


Collide with music's past and present through jazz standards, hip hop samples and actual liner notes from musicians of the civil rights movement in this multimedia concert experience. video


"Liner Notes brings to life the formative experience - dying out in the digital age - of falling in love with music through the engrossing text on the backs of records, in tape sleeves and in CD booklets".-Washington Post

"The Wizard of Oz" 

A Vital Theatre Production
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Saturday, February 2 at 1 p.m.  (60 minutes)

$15/$10 MCC tax district residents 


Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through the eclectic world of Oz. This one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the classic tale by L. Frank Baum will have you singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” dancing with the munchkin puppets and clicking your heels all the way home. video


“they sing and dance, because this is a Vital Children's Theatre production, and that's what they do best” - Off-Off Broadway Review


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