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b2ap3_thumbnail_1ststage-award-1.jpgThree professional Fairfax theatres — 1st Stage, Creative Cauldron, and Hub Theatre — were presented with four Helen Hayes Awards on April 6, 2015 at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.

The prestigious annual awards, presented by theatreWashington, recognize and celebrate
outstanding efforts in professional theatre throughout the Washington region.

Judges reviewed 2,435 pieces of work from 50 regional theatres. From these submissions, 264 artists, ensembles, and productions from 31 theatres received nominations of which awards were presented in 49 categories.

The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play-HELEN Production:
Doug Wilder, "One Man, Two Guvnors", 1st Stage

Outstanding Director of a Musical-HELEN Production:
Steven Royal, "Bat Boy: The Musical", 1st Stage

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production:
Alan Naylor, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris", Creative Cauldron

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production
Maggie Erwin, "Failure: A Love Story", The Hub Theatre

Image Credit:  Steven Royal, Outstanding Director of a Musical for "Bat Boy: The Musical" at 1st Stage; Photo courtesy of theatreWashington.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Island_Image.jpgCreative Cauldron's final professional production in the 2014-15 season will be Once on This Island. Written by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical and Ragtime), and based on Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love, the show features a highly original and rousing calypso-reggae musical score.

Once on This Island garnered eight Tony nominations in its 1991 Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. It also won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Set in the Caribbean Antilles, this enchanting musical parable tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with the well-born Daniel and is aided by the gods of earth, water and love in her desire to be with him.

The production is directed by Creative Cauldron Associate Artist, Matt Conner, and choreographed by Kara-Tameika Watkins. Walter (Bobby) McCoy serves as musical director, Margie Jervis is the Scenic and Costume Designer and Joseph Lovins is the Lighting Designer.

Once on This Island runs from May 8 through 31 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Press Night and Premiere Opening is Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 pm.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_keenan-orr.jpgPodcasting radio company, maDCap, will host a concert at U Street Music Hall in conjunction with the Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground.  The headliner for this event, DJ Keenan (or Keenan Orr), is known in D.C. for making lasting impressions with his bridge of bouncing Chicago House, Baltimore Club, Electro and many other sounds. He has even performed at Cobalt.

Tue, April 21, 2015, 8:00 pm, at U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC.  For more information, visit http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/794499-keenan-orr-washington/.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_world-police-and-fire-games.jpgVolunteer Fairfax is recruiting 4,000+ volunteers to support the 2015 Fairfax World Police & Fire Games. The Games – think Olympics – come to town June 26 through July 5! It is a point of pride that we show the world the amazing VOLUNTEER power and community pride we have in our region!  This is an incredible once in a lifetime volunteer event happening in our community.  For more information, please visit http://fairfax2015.com/volunteer or watch this two-minute video about the courageous athletes coming to our region from all over the world, http://fairfax2015.com/courage.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cftc-summer-drama-camp.jpgLet's Put on a Show!
Inspire Imagination... Unlock Creativity...

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company's Annual Summer Camp indulges the inherent creativity and imagination of each child through a unique experience where campers create their OWN theatrical performance. Your child will learn from professional theatre artists in Acting, Art, Music and Dance through games, activities and lessons designed with a goal-oriented approach.

In each one-week session, campers will work collaboratively with each other as they bring their showcase - featuring original student-created stories, music, lyrics and designs - to the stage. This camp accommodates both first-times and experienced theatre participants and each session is different. Help your child expand their artistic talents while simultaneously developing critical thinking skills - exercising both sides of the brain!

Camp is offered for four age groups: 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years. Parents and friends are invited to performances created by campers at the end of the session.  1 week sessions: July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, 2015
Summer Drama Camp is run through Fairfax City Recreation.  For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org/summer-drama-camp.html

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Va-ballet-school-logo.pngThe Virginia Ballet Company is celebrating its 65th year with a performance of La Sylphide.  This unique and wonderful ballet offers the opportunity to meet a visiting dancer from Denmark, Scottish Highland Dancers, and our guest artists.

The Company will be performing the classical August Bournonville choreography. We are delighted to be joined by Victoria MacCormack, a guest student from Balletskolen of Odense in Denmark. Nickolai Balatsenko, courtesy of the Manassas Ballet Theater, and Aleksy Kudrun will be joining the cast. Mr. Balatsenko previously danced with the National Ballet of Utsi, Ballet Classique of Paris, and the Donetsk Ballet. Mr. Kudrun formerly danced for the Grigorovich Ballet of Russia, the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and the Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina.

April 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm
April 26 at 2 pm
Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Tickets: $30/adult; $20/student, child, senior citizen (plus a ticket processing fee)
For wheel chair accessible seating, please contact front.desk@vaballet.org.

Virginia Ballet Company, a pre-professional company, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our school offers the opportunity for dance students to experience a real ballet production.  For more information, visit http://vaballet.org/

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tree-silhouette.jpgA Nature Photo Exhibit by Jay McKain

See the works of artist/photographer Jay McKain, conveying a perspective on the beauty and spectacle of nature. Through landscape and wildlife photographs, Jay expresses the awe of our world, colored by the prism of creation.  Now through April 30, 2015.  Clifton Wine Shop, 7145 Main St. Clifton VA., 10am to 8pm daily.  While in Clifton, also enjoy history and ambiance with great food, fine wine, and unique shopping.  (703) 409-0919 www.artguildofclifton.org.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_film-icon.jpgThe 1926 comedy on the Civil War "Hands Up," starring silent movie icon Raymond Griffith, is coming to The Alden for a single showing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

Griffith plays an elegant and clever Confederate spy trying to steal Yankee gold for the South, while also nonchalantly romancing two sisters on the opposing side. The film has one of the most eye-opening endings of any era, which was censored from some prints when it was originally released. Part of the Classics of the Silent Screen series at The Alden, the movie will be shown with the music of composer Ben Model and the commentary of film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton. Movies are special 16mm editions.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $8 for MCC district residents. The Alden is located inside the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.  For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wolftrapchildrens-_TITW.jpgTucked in the woods at Wolf Trap National Park is the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, which has been a summer tradition for generations of children and families.  Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling—interactive, educational, and fun.  All shows are about an hour long and are perfect for children ages 4 and up.  For more information or tickets, visit http://www.wolftrap.org/tickets/ctitw.aspx.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WHSLOGO-vertical-updated-8-08.pngEpicure & Culture has recognized historical buildings that have been repurposed into amazing accommodations & cultural spaces.  Fairfax County's Workhouse Arts Center was recognized as #3 on the magazine's list of top 12.  "We're honored" said Ricki Marion, Director of Development and Community Relations.  Check out the entire article at http://epicureandculture.com/historical-buildings-accommdation-cultural-spaces/

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