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Kitchen Adventures

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Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents Kitchen Adventures
Production runs February 9-25, 2017

Arlington, VA – Something’s sizzling at Encore! In its newest play series for preschoolers, Encore Stage & Studio presents Kitchen Adventures— starring professional artists who bring kitchen adventures and colorful foods to life, all the while teaching your little one about healthy choices. With more than a tablespoon of fun, Encore has the recipe for an exciting theatre-going experience for you and your child! This production runs February 9-25, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, Virginia 22207). We recommend this production for ages 1 and older.

In Kitchen Adventures, two siblings, with their mom at their side, explore the wonder, excitement, temptation, and nutrition that their kitchen has to offer. On their journey, they encounter fantastic creatures, breakfast mixups, and must face difficult decisions. Ultimately, through cooperation and play, the brother and sister discover the joy in healthy choices and learn the beauty of “everything in moderation.” Created especially for the very young, this silent interactive piece will have audiences of all ages laughing and playing along!

Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to announce Francesca Chilcote as director for Kitchen Adventures. Chilcote is a theatre artist, performer, and teaching artist in Washington DC area. She is also a founding member of Women From Mars, an international female trio of clowns Dory Rebekah Ford Sibley (Tut’Zanni), Echo Sibley Abbate, and Genevieve Durst, whose clown-noir cabaret, Silent Reflections, has toured Italy and the US. She has a B.A. in Theatre from The College of William and Mary and an M.F.A in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte from Arezzo, where she studied commedia dell’arte with Maestri Marcello Bartoli and Michele Bottini. As a part of the program, she performed in residence in Torino at the FLIC Circus School, with Familie Floz in Berlin, and with Teatro Continuo on tour in the Czech Republic. Her masters work focuses on feminist performance and the commedia dell’arte. While in Europe, she toured with ACLE Theatrino bringing English Language performances and workshops to Italian schools. Back in the US, she continues T.I.E. work as an actor in the Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a teaching artist with Encore Stage & Studio since 2015, and is very proud and honored to be working on this new project as performer-director. Performing alongside Chilcote are Carol Spring and Adrian Iglesias.

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45 am
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45am
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. $10 General Admission. Group discounts are available.
Encore Stage & Studio’s production is in partnership with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) for the Healthy Play Initiative (HPI). HPI launched in September 2016, combines AFAC’s nutritional knowledge with Encore’s theatrical expertise, and the participating preschoolers are having a blast. Each Friday afternoon, Encore’s Teaching Artists hold class at the community center at the Gates of Ballston, where they lead children in exercises involving movement and imagination, including learning theatre games, creating new dance steps, and more. The children—many of whom are bi-lingual—also have a chance to practice their language skills and frequently enjoy watching and performing in puppet shows with Encore’s two HPI mascots, Eat Healthy Enrique and Get Moving Mona.

About Encore Stage & Studio “Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Encore Stage & Studio’s 2016/2017 season is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.
For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | PO Box 969 Arlington, VA 22216

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Media Advisory Kitchen Adventures
Encore Stage & Studio Presents Kitchen Adventures

A Little Princess

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Give Your Family The Royal Treatment! Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents A Little Princess
Production runs January 6-15, 2017

Arlington, VA – Encore Stage & Studio enhances your family’s theatre-going experience with exciting special events! A Little Princess is the story of Sara Crewe, a young heiress to a diamond mine fortune, leaves her home and father in India to go to school at Miss Michin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London. When adversity strikes, Sara’s imaginative powers come to the rescue, transforming a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. Using the grace and virtue of ‘a little princess,’ Sara proves that kindness always wins.

Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents A Little Princess, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This production runs January 6-15, 2017 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia 22204). We recommend this musical for ages 4 and older.
In addition to the show, Encore invites you to attend the “Princess Ball” on Saturday, January 14 immediately following the 11am performance (approximately 12:45pm). This special event features sweet treats, fun activities, and a chance to interact with the cast of A Little Princess! Tickets for the Princess Ball is $20. Tickets to the 11 a.m. performance are sold separately.

An accessibility matinee performance will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 3 p.m. This matinee performance will provide accommodations for children and families with special needs. Accommodations include ASL interpretation and assisted listening devices as well as Braille and large print programs to allow the performance to be accessible to all audiences. An exclusive backstage tour will be provided for children to make meaningful connections with the story and to experience theatre in a new way. Interested patrons must e-mail info@encorestage.org in advance.

New this year, Encore Stage & Studio offers a variety of special Girl Scout experience packages on select Sunday matinees. These packages will allow girls to not only see a production, but also participate in a workshop specially designed to meet selected badge requirements while exploring theater as an art form. Encore Stage & Studio workshops are taught by seasoned, theater professionals and are designed to help scouts gain confidence in learning to express themselves in different ways. Class content will address badge requirements and teach scouts how to use their acting tools (body, voice, and imagination). Encore Stage & Studio will present “Brownie Friends Day” on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Participation in this workshop will enable Brownie scouts in grades 2 and 3 to earn their Making Friends Badge. Interested scout leaders can visit www.encorestage.org to learn more.

Encore alum, Sarah Conrad will be directing this production. Sarah Conrad has a dance background in Ballet and is currently working towards a Master’s in Reading Specialty at the University of Virginia. She has been involved with Encore since 2005, performing for many years and directing and choreographing for many in-season shows. She is currently the Director of the Preschool at St. Thomas More Cathedral School.

Joining Ms. Conrad on the production team are Galina Tarasova (Music Director), Carla Astudillo (Choreographer), Kristen Jepperson (Set Designer/Builder and Technical Director), Debra Leonard (Costume Designer and Make-up Designer), Gary Hauptman (Lighting Director), Emma Berry (Props Manager) and Ian Claar (Assistant Lighting Designer).

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, January 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, January 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sundays, January 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. Adults $15; Children, Students, Military and Seniors $10. Group discounts and birthday party packages are available.

About Encore Stage & Studio
“Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Encore Stage & Studio’s 2016/2017 season is sponsored by Fairlington Dental and is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.
For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | PO Box 969 Arlington, VA 22216
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Press Release: A Little Princess
Media Advisory: A Little Princess

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

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Breaking News! Big Bad Wolf Huffs “Humbug!” to the Holidays
Encore Stage & Studio presents A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol
Production runs December 2-4, 2016

Arlington, VA –As a new Encore Holiday Tradition, A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol gathers together a cast of your favorite fairy tale characters to recreate the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s magical Christmas Eve. Mother Goose lends her talents to narrate as the Big Bad Wolf takes on the humbugging lead role. Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole, and many beloved characters help create a new twist on the traditional Dickensian fable. This production is recommended for holiday lovers (or humbugs) ages 4 and older. This production runs December 2-4, 2016 at Gunston Arts Center –Theatre One (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206).

Guiding the creative vision of these holiday hijinks is Kelsey Meiklejohn, who says that it “has been really exciting watching the kids make the connections between the traditional Dickens’ story and how their fairy tale characters fit into that world. There are lots of light bulb moments where the jokes suddenly make sense, or an Easter egg is there for the audience to pick up on. It’s inspiring to see those moments of discovery.”

Joining Meiklejohn on this wacky adventure is Sarah Strunk, who will be designing the production’s set and assisting the technical director. The Yorktown High School senior has been involved with Encore since 2007. Encore is excited to be able to offer its students these new and exciting production opportunities.

The creative team is rounded out by Susan Alison Keady (Artistic Director / Technical Director), Kristen Jepperson (Master Carpenter), Emma Berry (Costume and Makeup Designer / Props Manager), Ian Claar (Lighting Designer), Caitlin Simmons (Audio Technician), and Matthew Heap (Composer).

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office (703) 548-1154. $10, General Admission. Group discounts are available.

About Encore Stage & Studio
“Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Encore Stage & Studio’s 2016 season is sponsored by Fairlington Dental and is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

For more information visit www.encorestage.org | (703) 548-1154 | PO Box 969 Arlington, VA 22216
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Media Advisory: A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol 2016
Press Release: Encore Presents A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

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Media Advisory for Encore’s Costume Caper 5K 2016

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