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This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have taken improv classes in the past. Improv comedy is a great way for kids and teens to express themselves and gain confidence. Focusing on creativity and teamwork, The Alden’s improv comedy classes for youth teach improv fundamentals such as “yes, and” in a supportive environment. Class participants will perform during (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s show on Friday, March 22, at The Old Firehouse Center.

8-11 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents.
3001.319          M, 1/14-3/18          6:30-7:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

12-16 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents.
3002.319          M, 1/14-3/18          7:30-8:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

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

* In the spirit of Dr. King, The Alden is extending these special offers to federal employees:

•  Purchase up to two half-priced tickets online, using the code "shutdown." Online ticketing fees are waived for these purchases. Offer ends at midnight, Saturday, Jan. 19.
• Come to the box office during normal business hours (Wed.-Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat. noon-8 p.m.) and receive two free tickets when you show your employee ID (this includes contractors). This offer ends at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

1 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month through May
In The Alden Theatre
Free admission

Come enjoy foreign films selected by our staff, then stay after for a discussion backstage in The Alden’s green room. All movies are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

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*These movies are chosen for adult audiences and may contain mature content, language and themes.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m.

"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


John Eaton in Concert
“Jazz, Blues and Broadway”
Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m.

$30/$20 MCC tax district residents


John is a local legend: spectacular jazz pianist, brilliant historian, and quite funny to boot. Join us for an afternoon of Great American Songbook tunes.


"Pianist John Eaton practices a special kind of alchemy. He takes the familiar and makes it fresh, renders the old new and exciting. It's no easy trick, but Eaton is a master at it..." —The Washington Post

12:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month through June

In the Community Hall

Free admission

We’re kicking off this series with “new Disney Classics”—those that were loved during the '90s. Bring an indoor picnic and introduce your kids to the classic animated movies that you love. Sign up to our monthly e-news to find out which movie we will be showing. Click here to receive The Alden's monthly e-Newsletter.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12, 12:30 p.m.

The Okee Dokee Brothersbtn buy tickets

Saturday, February 23 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  (60 minutes)
Just added! A new 6:30 p.m. show!

$20/$15 MCC tax district residents 


As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music and hope that it will inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. video


The Okee Dokee Brothers are four-time winners of the Parents’ Choice Awards, three-time Grammy® nominees and one-time Grammy® Award winners for their recent albums.


“Like the great Woody Guthrie, they’ve tapped into that magic quality of folk music to bridge the age gap and connect listeners young and old with their universal message.” – UTNE Reader

Perspectives Speaker Series
Presented in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library

Meet Author Walter Mosley (13+)
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
The Alden
Free. Preregistration required. Registration opens Sunday, Jan. 27.

Meet Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins (Devil in a Blue Dress) and Leonid McGill (The Long Fall) series. Mosley will discuss these characters in his talk “From Generation to Generation: Stories of Fathers and Sons.” An NAACP Image Award-winning writer of mysteries and crime fiction, in 2016 Mosley was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (Edgar Award). Books available for sale and signing. Running time: 60 minutes, followed by a book signing.

“His popular Easy Rawlins mysteries… extended the genre's affinity for social realism and added a dimension of historical recovery in portraying African Americans' vital but bittersweet life in postwar.” --Los Angeles Times

Sign up online or call 703-324-8428 to register.

"Winnie the Pooh"btn buy tickets
An Alden Production

Saturdays and Sundays, March 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2 p. m.
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents


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. Performed by talented McLean area youth.


"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" (All Ages)btn buy tickets
Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m.

$7/$5 MCC tax district residents  (No fees for online purchase)


Crack that Shakespeare code with our expert hackers! Our Bard authorities from the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Potomac School return to prepare you for ASC on Tour's productions of "The Comedy of Errors" and "The Winter's Tale." (75 minutes)

"Speakers knew their stuff, got their thoughts across very well and were obviously enthusiastic about the material."-Audience member

Buy the package and save! All 3 American Shakespeare Center shows plus the Brush Up Your Shakespeare panel lecture. $110/$80 MCC tax district residents Click here to purchase package.