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Featuring members of the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Free admission. Registration is required. Register here.


To make sure we hold on to and deepen the knowledge we gained during Native American Heritage Month in November, join us for an in-depth discussion group (via Zoom) on the history of indigenous Virginians using The Pocahontas Project Online Course as a guide. Each discussion will cover two sessions of this 10-session, online course and be co-facilitated by a Rappahannock Tribe Member as well as members of The Alden’s staff. The final session will be facilitated by The Pocahontas Project developers, Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe and Rick Tatnall.


The Pocahontas Project is a collaborative effort between the County of Gloucester Virginia, the Rappahannock Indian Tribe and Replenish Richmond that presents native Virginian history around the time of European contact through the lens of Pocahontas’s life and legacy. This course also discusses the history and culture of Virginia’s Native American Tribes, with special attention to the eight Virginia tribes that were aligned with paramount Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas.


To participate, you must register. You will receive free access to the 10-session course as well as links to all five discussion groups (which will be emailed out the day of the event). If you wish to attend a discussion group, you must register at least two hours before the start time, but we recommend much more time so that you can review the course materials in advance.

 

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.

Session I: Class participants will perform during (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s show on Friday, March 4, at The Old Firehouse Center.

Session II: Participants will perform a class showcase at MCC on the last day of class.

Session I

8-11 years

8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3001.322          M, 1/10-3/14          6:30-7:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/17 and 2/21.


12-16 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3002.322          M, 1/10-3/14          7:30-8:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/17 and 2/21.

 

Session II

8-11 years
7 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3003.322          M, 4/11-5/23          6:30-7:30 p.m.

12-16 years
7 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3004.322          M, 4/11-5/23          7:30-8:30 p.m.

 

An Alden Theatre Production

By Joseph Robinette
Based on the musical by Joseph Robinette and Karl Jurman
Produced with special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY.

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 surprise at every turn.


Auditions
Open Auditions: Open Auditions will only be held on Wednesday, January 19th. Pre-registration is required and ends at 6 p.m. Audition time will be emailed Wednesday morning.

Callbacks (Invitation Only): Thursday, Jan 20, 7–9 p.m.

Who can audition: Students between the ages of 10 and 16 who live in the MCC tax district.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7–9 p.m., from late January through early March.

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, actors are required to pay a participation fee of $150/per actor.

Register to Audition by filling out the Spring Production Audition Form.

Performance dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, 2 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Free; preregistration is required through the FCPL website and begins Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

 

One of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors, Terry McMillan became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers “Waiting for Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her  Groove Back.” Her novels are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds and women saving their own lives.

The Alden’s “Celebrating Indian Festivals” Series
As part of The Alden’s Summer Concert series in 2022, we will be presenting Garba360, a South Asian social dance experience with live music. An essential component of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk dance style from the Indian state of Gujarat. This community event has been reimagined for all to participate in the fun any time of the year!


Leading up to this event, The Alden will provide virtual workshops to give context to this celebration and the culture that surrounds it. Because each Indian state has its own cultural traditions, it is impossible to take a “deep dive” into the culture of the whole country in just a few workshops, so we will be exploring some of the ways people from Gujarat mark the transition
of seasons.

These workshops are designed for families from all backgrounds to participate in together. We will all learn something, but because these workshops are celebratory events, they can be enjoyed by those who already have family traditions marking these events or those who have never participated in one of these events before. All workshop leaders are of Gujarati heritage and will share their culture with us from their own perspective.

Celebrate Chaitra Navratri (Spring Navratri) Workshop (Virtual)buy tix off
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)

 

With the arrival of the Indian heat, comes the festival of Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day Hindu festival that marks the transition from spring to summer. The festivals of Navratri in general occur at times of seasonal change, with both Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri (the one that occurs in the fall) happening when the length of the day and night are similar. Both are times of eating particular foods, fasting, and/or eating smaller quantities of food to support our bodies through seasonal changes. In the Hindu context, fasting does not necessarily mean no consumption of food. Often it is eating a special diet of food and fasting foods can be quite tasty. Join us in this Chaitra Navrati workshop to learn how to make a faraali (fasting compliant) Gujarati dish.

 

Mark your calendar now for the final event in this series:

Garba 360: Live Dance Instruction and Band! (In-Person)
Sunday, June 26, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission

 

If you would like to purchase tickets at the box office please email Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov to set up an appointment.