Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle
Sunday, December 11, 2022 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

“One of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times), Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band that has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic virtuosity. This matinee performance features the world premiere of Love Always, commissioned by The Clarice, along with Alyssa Piper’s Cradle. 

Love Always, a song cycle co-created by Allison Loggins-Hull and Toshi Reagon, is rooted in long-standing African American traditions of elders writing letters to their children, and of storytelling through music, conversation and listening. Inspired by James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me,” Allison writes letters to her own son, which serve as the text in this piece and as a call for understanding to allow her son to navigate through this world. Toshi’s offering to this song cycle tells three of her stories: Toshi Seeger (her Godmother), Toshi Georgiana Widoff Woodson (her Goddaughter and Toshi herself.

Alyssa Pyper initially created Cradle as a solo work for violin, loop pedal and voice as part of a symbolic journey into the trauma of growing up queer, classically trained and Mormon. In equal part, the composition of the piece emerged through the composer’s dissonance with not only fundamentalist religion, but a pedagogy of classical violin dispersed through the frame of a perfectionist religious culture. Through a close mentorship, members of Alarm Will Sound co-created with Pyper a version of Cradle that allows for members of an ensemble to tap into its arc and participate in its call.

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Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

The Sound of Music by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Nov 18-Dec 17

The Sound of Music by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Nov 18-Dec 17

The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Director Beth Terranova
Music Director Vashti Burgess
Choreographer Summer Moore

November 18 – December 17, 2022

2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

Tickets for shows at Bowie Playhouse are $25.00 for General Admission, $22.00 for seniors (60 and over), military and full time students, and $15 for Children 11 and under. Buy tickets here.

Little Women at Bishop McNamara High School, Nov 11-20

Little Women at Bishop McNamara High School, Nov 11-20

Bishop McNamara High School presents
Little Women, the musical

November 11 – 20, 2022
Friday, November 11, 2022 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022 – 2:00 PM
Friday, November 18, 2022 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 20, 2022 – 2:00 PM

Location: Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville.

Little Women, the BMHS Fall Musical.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased here.

Please note COVID protocols in place.

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The Haunted Boy at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 11-20

The Haunted Boy at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 11-20

The Haunted Boy
A Rock Opera

Friday, November 11th at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 12th, at 7:00PM
Sunday, November 13th, at 5:00PM
Friday, November 18th, at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 19th, at 7:00PM
Sunday, November 20th, at 5:00PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Based on the Prince George’s County family whose story inspired the book and film “The Exorcist,” this rock opera follows the path of Roland – a boy gone “strange” whose mother, local priest, and psychologist decide to put him and his demons through the formal Catholic rite of exorcism. Sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of MNCPPC. Select performances ASL Interpreted*

Tickets: $35 general, $25 seniors and students. Click here.

The Last Five Years at Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 4 – 19

The Last Five Years at Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 4 – 19

The Last Five Years
by Jason Robert Brown
directed by Meg Nemeth
music directed by Rolanda Brown
produced by Pamela Northrup

Performances Live in Person

November 4 – 19, 2022
November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm)

By Greenbelt Arts Center, In Person.

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

Tickets: $27 General Admission; $24 Senior/Military; $14 Child/Student.
Vaccination and masks required. Tickets available here.