<cal2>"Wake Up, Brother Bear!" For ages 2-5. Admission is $7. This show allows children to enter the world of a young brother and sister bear as they discover the seasons of the year. Show times at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda. Call 301-280-1660 or go to www.imaginationstage.org
<cal1>Now Through Jan. 10
<cal2>"Disney's Mulan." Saturdays and Sundays 1:30 and 4 p.m. Cost is $10-$21. This is the stage musical based on the 1998 film. Christmas-New Year’s week shows are: Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Dec. 26 at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m., Dec. 27-30 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. and Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-280-1660. Go to www.imaginationstage.org or call 301-280-1660.
<cal2>"Look Out Below." Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, and Karen Hansen, Look Out Below! is a fun and affordable alternative to the usual holiday season entertainment. Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 with kids age 18 and under $10. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 240-644-1100, online at www.roundhousetheatre.org At Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway. Call 240-644-1100 or roundhousetheatre.org.
<cal1>Now Through Dec. 31
Tchaikovsky’s musical adaptation of the E. T. A. Hoffman story is brought to life by the magic of The Puppet Co. "The Nutcracker" is the festive story of Clara-Marie’s adventures with her favorite toy. 50 minutes. Age recommendation: K–Adult. Performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets, $10; group rates available. Call 301-634-5380 or visit www.thepuppetco.org.
<cal2>Saturday, Dec. 19 — "Nutcracker Fantasy"
Saturday, Jan. 2 — "Snow Show"
Sunday, Jan. 3 — "Winter Wonderland"
Saturday, Jan. 16 — "Magic Toyshop"
Wednesday, Jan. 27 — "Winter Wonderland"
Saturday, Jan. 30 — "Penguin’s Playground
The Puppet Co. presents "Tiny Tots @ 10," 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 select Wednesdays and Saturdays each month at 10 a.m. Tickets, $5, adults and children (including babies). Reservations strongly recommended. Call (301) 634-5380 visit www.thepuppetco.org.
<cal1>Now Through Jan. 10, 2010
<cal2>"The Little Engine that Could"
"I think I can — I think I can." Based on the well-loved classic book by Watty Piper, a little train carrying oodles of toys to all of the good boys and girls is confronted with a towering, seemingly impassable mountain. Can the Little Engine pull the train to the other side? Adapted for the stage by James Larson, with music and lyrics by Stuart Kenny. Performances on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Additional performances on weekends and weekdays may be viewed at www.adventuretheatre.org.) Special Friday evening "Pajama Party" performance: December 11, 7:00 p.m. Book Club Performance: Saturday, December 19, 1:30 p.m. Tickets $12, children 12 and under; $15, adults. For more information, call (301) 634-2270.
Adventure Theatre continues its literary series with seven popular children’s book adaptations. Experience the journey from reading the books at home to seeing the plays unfold before your eyes. Book Club performances are always on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. at the theatre in Glen Echo Park. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. $10/family. Call 301-634-2270 or visit www.adventuretheatre.org.