The Mistress Cycle October 5 – 29, 2017
Directed by Matt Conner, Music by Jenny Giering, Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt
Jezebel, Siren, Vixen or Enchantress? The Mistress Cycle tells the story of five women: Tess, a struggling 30-something Manhattan photographer; Anais Nin, the famed sexual adventuress of the early 20th century; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 16th century; Lulu White, a turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans Madame; and Ching, a 14-year-old concubine in 12th century China. Though they come from different times and cultures, they share a sisterhood. An intelligent new musical work filled with stories of passion, compromise, heartbreak and renewal.
Sponsored by Mark F. Werblood, Esq.
Madeline's Christmas December 1 – 23, 2017
Directed by Matt Conner, Book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by Shirley Mier, Based on the Book by Ludwig Bemelmans
She’s Back!! After a sold out run at the cauldron in 2014, we welcome back everyone’s favorite precocious little Parisian. “In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” And with that familiar phrase, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline! In this musical adaptation, Madeline’s schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home for Christmas to be with their families. So it’s Madeline to the rescue! And with the help of a magical rug merchant she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
Sponsored by Gary Hughes, MAgS Realtor, ABA, SRES Century 21 Redwood Realty - Arlington
Passport to the World of Music January 2018
A World Music Concert Festival curated by Lynn Veronneau & Ken Avis
This annual festival celebrates the music of cultures around the globe and embodies the American ideals of bringing cultures together. Now in its 8th year, the festival presents an exciting line up of Latin jazz fusion, traditional Andean song and dance, French Gypsy Jazz, American folk, Celtic rhythms from around the globe and so much more! Take a unique musical tour of the entire world without ever leaving Falls Church!
Sponsored by Eden Center
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Directed by Matt Conner, By Lanie Robertson
Helen Hayes Award Winning Actress, Iyona Blake (Caroline or Change) returns to the cauldron to portray one of America’s most iconic jazz legends. In March of 1959, Billie Holiday performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly. “Lady Day,” as she was called, turned jazz songs and standards into searching, and searing, portraits of life and love gone wrong. And this final performance wove together over a dozen of her most salty, and often humorous, numbers (“When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Taint Nobody’s Business If I Do,” “Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer,” for a riveting portrait of the woman behind the legend.
Winner! 2014 Tony® Award, Best Actress in a Play
Winner! 2014 Drama Desk Award, Best Actress in a Play
Winner! 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Actress in a Musical
Sponsored by Diener & Associates, CPA
The Snow Queen Mar 9 – 25, 2018
A Learning Theater Production, Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen
Our Learning Theater Ensemble tackles Hans Christian Andersen’s longest and most highly acclaimed tales that has inspired numerous films and adaptations from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Disney’s Frozen! This classic tale of bravery and friendship follows the journey of young Gerda as she attempts to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. With the help of some unique friends and little magic Gerda is determined to break the Snow Queen’s spell and melt the ice that has taken hold of Kai’s heart before he is lost to her forever!
Sponsored by Communikids Language Immersion Preschool
Charlotte's Web May 24 – June 17, 2018
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Music and lyrics by Charles Strouse
Based on the book by E.B. White
A beguiling, new musical version of E.B. White's beloved classic story about Wilbur, the little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever spider friend Charlotte. With music and lyrics by Broadway composer Charles Strouse (Annie, 'Bye, 'Bye Birdie) and a book by national award-winning children’s playwright Joseph Robinette, audiences will thrill to a musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur’s humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. With its lessons of friendship, loyalty and truth, Charlotte’s Web is a gift for audiences of all ages.
Sponsored by 2E Consults ® LLC
Summer Cabaret Series July - September 2018
In the summer months, the “cauldron” sizzles as we host our Summer Cabaret Series. Friday and Saturday evenings, you can enjoy entertaining performances by some of the area’s most talented musical theater performers.
Sponsored by Sislers Stone