This summer, Montgomery College will bring two musicals to the stage — "Evita" and "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" — for its Summer Dinner Theatre performances. "Evita" performances will take place June 27-29 and July 5-6. "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" will run July 18-19, 25-27 and Aug. 1-3. Tickets for Summer Dinner Theatre are $37 for adults and $27 for children ages 12 and under. Prices include the performance and a full dinner buffet. At Friday and Saturday night performances, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a show time of 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the buffet will open at 12:30 p.m., with a 2:15 p.m. show time. All performances are held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. To purchase tickets, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/sdt or call 240-567-7676.
"The Blessing of a Broken Heart" will make its Washington area debut at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Wednesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., with a special guest appearance by Seth Mandell. Tickets are available for $75 in advance, $100 at the door, by calling The Koby Mandell Foundation at 301-654-7045, or 1-888-622-5629.
Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, will present "The Neverending Story" from June 28-Aug. 10. Enjoyed by ages 6 and up. Performance times are Saturdays 12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. and Sundays 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Single ticket prices range from $10-$20, with group rates available. The Box Office phone is 301-280-1660 or visit www.ImaginationStage.org.
Olney Theatre Center will present "Two Gentleman of Verona" as part of the 19th Annual Free Summer Shakespeare Festival, through June 29. All performances begin at 8:15 p.m. and the audience is encouraged to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to picnic on the theater grounds. The theater is located at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Call 301-924-3400.
"Big River" will be presented by Olney’s National Players on the Historic Stage at Olney Theater Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, July 2-27. Tickets are $25 with discounts available to groups. Call the Box Office at 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org for tickets.
Once a staple in Olney's season, the summer mystery play makes a comeback after a 25-year hiatus with Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." The show plays on the New Mainstage at Olney Theater, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. through July 6. Tickets are $25 - $48 with discounts available to groups, seniors, and students. Call the Box Office at 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org for tickets.
Defending the Caveman returns to the Washington area for a limited engagement at the Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, July 9-27. Tickets are $37.50 and $50 and are on sale now at the Bethesda Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.bethesdatheatre.com, and by phone at 301-657-STAR, 202-397-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT, 410-547-SEAT, and 800-551-SEAT.
A brand new version of L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" will be presented by Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, through July 20. Performances Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Recommended for K - Grade 6. Tickets $8; group rates available. Call 301-320-6668 or visit www.thepuppetco.org.
"Babe, the Sheep Pig" will run through Aug. 3 at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Playing time is approximately 1 hour. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets $12. Call 301-634-2270 or visit www.adventuretheatre.org.
The Puppet Co. presents "Tiny Tot Tuesdays," a program designed for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0 - 4). The shows are shorter, the lights stay on, the doors stay open and the show is set up on the floor. Performances on two Tuesdays each month (except December and January, which have just one) at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. $5 for children (including babies) and adults. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 301-320-6668 or visit www.thepuppetco.org.
Elementary school students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can now enjoy an educational and entertaining 45-minute play called "Clara Barton, the Courage Within" at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo. After the play, students visit nearby Clara Barton National Historic Site where Miss Barton lived and conducted the American Red Cross for 15 years. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. during the school year for school groups and other large groups of age-appropriate children. Tickets are $8. Minimum 50-person audience. No charge for visiting the historic home. Contact Adventure Theatre at 301-320-5331.