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

In the Community Hall

Free admission

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, Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, March 11, 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Mario The Maker Magician (Family Friendly)btn buy tickets
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Tickets on sale July 1
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents


As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout, Mario "the Maker Magician" Marchese is a New York based, touring children's performer known for his DIY robotic creations, handmade props, and signature slapstick character. Running time: 60 minutes

View the video

 

From the moment Mario the Magician came out on stage he had every single child's attention. His slapstick comedy routine was modern and edgy... I haven't laughed like that in a long time. It was brilliant. -BroadwayWorld.com

LARD Dog & The Band of Shy (Family Friendly)btn buy tickets
Saturday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.  Tickets on sale July 1
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents


Parents’ Choice Award winners Lard Dog & The Band of Shy have burst onto the family entertainment scene converting countless families to be fans of their quirky universe and highly infectious tunes. Running time: 60 minutes  View the video

 

"This show is a full-on sensory experience! Such a treat for the eyes and ears, with surprises popping from every direction. I was afraid to blink for fear I'd miss something!” - SiriusXM's Kids Place Live

The Barter Playersbtn buy tickets
“Frosty”
(Family Friendly)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 1p.m. and 4 p.m.  Tickets on sale July 1
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and as they discover that the real magic of Christmas is love. Performed by Barter Players Encore Company. Running time: 60 minutes

 

The Alden’s Youth Production
"Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland"

By Joseph Robinette
Based on the musical by Joseph Robinette and Karl Jurman.

 

Two of literature’s most famous young ladies meet at last when a young man puts off his book report until the last minute. Suddenly in a strange place, somewhere between Oz and Wonderland, familiar characters like the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and the White Rabbit need his help to unscramble their stories and avoid the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventurous romp is filled with laughter and surprises at every turn.

Auditions at The Alden at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. 22101
Open Auditions: Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21 and 22, 7–9 p.m.
Callbacks (Invitation Only): Thursday, Jan. 23, 7–9 p.m. 

Who can audition: Students between the ages of 10 and 16 who live in the MCC tax district (Dranesville Small District 1A)

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

Performances: Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 and April 4-5 at 2 p.m. in The Alden

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

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


If cast, there is a participation fee of $150/per actor.

Hiplet Ballerinas (All Ages)btn buy tickets
Saturday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.  Tickets on sale July 1
$30/$20 MCC tax district residents

Hiplet™ fuses classical pointe technique with African, Latin, Hip-Hop and urban dance styles that are rooted in communities of color. It was specifically designed to make ballet accessible to all, by mixing it with current popular songs that will be familiar to audiences who don’t normally attend ballet performances. Running time: 90 minutes plus 15-minute intermission  View the video

If ballet aims for the ethereal, hiplet, generally danced to pop music, is more concerned with earthiness. It has soulfulness, too; while the lower half of the body can be sharp and percussive, the upper half — how the arms connect with the back — conveys a natural flow. -New York Times

“Jedi Academy” (Family Friendly)btn buy tickets
Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 and 4 p.m.  Tickets on sale July 1
$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

This is your chance to join the Rebel Alliance and access the Force within! Jedi Academy is a solo, comedy variety show that captivates Youngling Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders with comic antics, exciting physical challenges and magical mayhem. Come dressed as your favorite character!

“Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland”-An Alden productionbtn buy tickets

By Joseph RobinetteBased on the musical by Joseph Robinette and Karl Jurman

Produced with special arrangements with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY


Saturdays and Sundays, Mar 28, 29; April 4 and 5, 2 p.m.

$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

 

Two of literature’s most famous young ladies meet at last when a young man puts off his book report until the last minute. Suddenly in a strange place, somewhere between Oz and Wonderland, familiar characters like the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow, and the White Rabbit need his help to unscramble their stories and avoid the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventurous romp is filled with laughter and surprises at every turn.

This performance features youth actors from McLean and professional technical theatre artists.

“Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland”-An Alden productionbtn buy tickets

By Joseph RobinetteBased on the musical by Joseph Robinette and Karl Jurman

Produced with special arrangements with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY


Saturdays and Sundays, Mar 28, 29; April 4 and 5, 2 p.m.

$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

 

Two of literature’s most famous young ladies meet at last when a young man puts off his book report until the last minute. Suddenly in a strange place, somewhere between Oz and Wonderland, familiar characters like the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow, and the White Rabbit need his help to unscramble their stories and avoid the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventurous romp is filled with laughter and surprises at every turn.

This performance features youth actors from McLean and professional technical theatre artists.

Slingsby’s “Emil and the Detectives” (Family Friendly)btn buy tickets
by Erich Kästner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
Saturday, May 9, 4 p.m.  
$20/$15 MCC tax district residents


Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, "Emil and The Detectives" is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Running time: 60 minutes  View the video

“My expectations were not only met but exceeded by this beautiful show. I was left feeling that not only had I experienced something truly special, but that the world is a better place for having a company like Slingsby in it.” – Aspire Magazine