Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods Will Delight Families This Summer with Several Debuts and Many Returning Favorites

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Children and families will rock, groove and stretch their vocal chords this summer with an eclectic mix of performances featuring ballet, jazz, classical music, hip-hop and opera, all presented during the 2010 summer season at Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. The season features several new artists and acts, including Hayes Greenfield's Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, a one-of-a-kind, interactive introduction to jazz, Milkshake, “a band on a mission to create great rock music for kids,” and PROJECT Trio, a high-energy chamber music ensemble that blends the sounds of hip hop, classical and popular music.

Returning to Theatre-in-the-Woods are long-time favorites such as Steve Roslonek better known as “Mr. Steve” from PBS Kids, the Maryland Youth Ballet, and GRAMMY-nominated Dinorock, who will have children searching for clues with “The Great Dinosaur Mystery.” Synetic Family Theater will premiere a new work, titled “Cowardly Christopher Finds His Courage.”

Performances take place at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays starting June 29, in the unique woodsy setting of America's only National Park for the Performing Arts. Theatre-in-the-Woods is located amidst 117 rolling acres and nestled in a shady grove, where families can bring their own picnics and enjoy performances specially designed for children kindergarten through sixth grade.

Free workshops, open to all ages, are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday immediately following the 10 a.m. performance. The 30-minute workshops are an extension of the preceding performance and allow children to actively engage in music, song, dance, and drama. As space is limited reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting the National Park Service at (703) 255-1824.

Wolf Trap's 2010 Theatre-in-the-Woods Season

June 29–July 3:
10:00 a.m. – Dinorock – The Great Dinosaur Mystery
11:15 a.m. – *Hayes Greenfield – Hayes Greenfield's Jazz-a-Ma-Tazz

July 6–10:
10:00 a.m. – Culkin School of Irish Dance – Tir na nOg (Land of Youth)
11:15 a.m. – Robbie Schaefer – Songs for Kids Like Us

July 13–17:
10:00 a.m. – Synetic Family Theater – Cowardly Christopher Finds His Courage
11:15 a.m. – Steve Roslonek - Stevesongs

July 20–24:
10:00 a.m. – *Diane Macklin – Animal Tail Tales
11:15a.m. – Music with Milkshake – featuring the Milkshake Trio

July 27–31:
10:00 a.m. – Maryland Youth Ballet – Caroline Goes to the Zoo
11:15 a.m. – Bob Brown Puppets – Dragon Feathers

August 3-7:
10:00 a.m. – PROJECT Trio – From Hip-Hop to Bach
11:15a.m. – Wolf Trap Opera Studio – Instant Opera!

August 10-14:
10:00 a.m. – Dance Institute of Washington – West Side Story
11:15 a.m. – Rocknoceros – Painting the Town PINK!

*Part of Wolf Trap's Go Green initiative, using the arts to help protect the environment.

Tickets to Theatre-in-the-Woods performances are on sale now and can be purchased at Tickets.com, by calling 1(877) WOLFTRAP, online at http://www.wolftrap.org, or at the Filene Center Box Office at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Arrangements may be made in advance for special-needs accessibility by calling the National Park Service at (703) 255-1827. Tickets are required for all performances for adults and children ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as performances often sell out. Groups of 20 or more should contact the Wolf Trap Group Sales Office at (703) 255-1851.

About The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues, the outdoor Filene Center and Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. In partnership with the National Park Service, The 7,028-seat Filene Center annually showcases an extensive list of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theater, as well as multimedia presentations from May through September. The Barns operates year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera Company, one of America's outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap's education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, scholarships, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek's 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. Terrence D. Jones is president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Visit the Wolf Trap Web site at http://www.wolftrap.org for more information.

*For potential changes to the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods schedule, please always refer back to http://www.wolftrap.org/Education/Childrens_Theatre-in-the-Woods.aspx

Contact:
Melissa Chotiner, (703) 255-4096
Graham Binder, (703) 255-1917

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