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Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Adventure Theatre MTC. (Image: Michael Horan)

Theater Tuesday: August's best shows for little ones

I can't believe summer is already halfway over. Academic and sports camps are winding down -- well for my children anyway, and I need to find something to keep them occupied until school starts. Both of my sons actually enjoy live theater, and you might be surprised how much your kids also like the one-of-a-kind experience. There are a few shows playing in town this month that are perfect children of all ages -- even those who are just young at heart! On this month's list are two adaptations of the Alice in Wonderland story. Wouldn't it be adventurous to check out both??

WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK AND ROLL ADVENTURE
Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD
Book and lyrics by Rachel Rockwell; Music and lyrics by Michael Mahler; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Runs now through August 13
Best for Ages 5+
Tickets $10-$35

Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock ‘n’ Roll musicians! She takes advice from a Zen Caterpillar and a wise Cheshire Cat; she has tea with the unwelcoming Mad Hatter, and argues with the childish Tweedledee and Tweedledum. When the vicious diva Red Queen tries to destroy her, Alice fights back only to find herself in a battle of the bands with the Jabberwocky, a many-headed monster who embodies all her fears and insecurities. Alice ultimately outperforms him on keyboard and drums. She is crowned at last, and returns home a stronger and happier girl.

JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK
Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD
Written by Allison Gregory and directed by Rick Hammerly
Runs now through August 14
Tickets $20

When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too.

ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis, MD
Written and directed by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken.
Runs now through August 20
Tickets $25-$35

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s retelling of Alice and the Book of Wonderland reveals a fast-paced tale designed to delight young and old in an exciting new version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in which an inquisitive young woman named Alice is drawn into a fantastical world where logic is illogical and the absurd makes sense. Through a series of dramatic vignettes creatively linked together by Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s new adaptation, Alice makes her way through the fantastical terrain of Wonderland: a place where her experiences become "curiouser and curiouser." ASC’s Alice and the Book of Wonderland will be set in the Victorian world of Oxford and employs a dynamic union of contemporary technology and theatrical magic.

CIRCUS
The Puppet Company, Glen Echo
Runs now through August 27
Tickets $7 - $12

In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher Piper's parents for "Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus."

BIG FISH
Keegan Theatre, Washington, DC
Runs now through September 2
Tickets $45- $55

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him, most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH reminds us why we love going to the theater -- for an experience that's richer, funnier and more extraordinary than life itself.

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