<cal1>Now Through Nov. 19
<cal2>"Len Piperâ€™s Pinocchio." This production was created by the father of TPC cofounder Christopher Piper, and is completely refurbished and adapted for the Puppet Co. stage. Told with life-size marionettes and live actors, it is the story of a puppet that sheds its strings in pursuit of becoming a real boy. His adventures lead him into danger and foul company. A Fox and Cat sell him to an evil puppetmaster, he almost makes a donkey of himself, and to rescue his papa he must be swallowed by a whale. But, in the end, with the help of a talking cricket and a blue fairy, he is reunited with his father and granted his heartâ€™s desire. Recommended for PreK â€“ Grade 6. Running time is 50 minutes. Performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ASL interpreted Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets $10, group rates available. Call 301-634-5380 or visit: www.thepuppetco.org
<cal1>Nov. 24 Through Jan. 9
<cal2>"Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" Based on the book series by Barbara Park. Tickets are $10-22 and group rates are available. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., with extra 11 a.m. performances on Dec. 18 and Jan. 8 and Holiday Weekday performances over Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. Visit website, www.imaginationstage.org, or call 301-280-1660. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda.
<cal2>* Nov. 13 â€” "Penguinsâ€™ Playground" at 10 a.m.
* Nov. 17 â€” "Old McDonaldâ€™s Farm" at 10 a.m.
* Nov. 27 â€” "Nutcracker Fantasy" at 10 a.m.
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.
<cal2>"The Happy Elf." Based on the song by Harry Connick Jr. and book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman. Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Sweet Charity) will join the cast of The Happy Elf as Norbert, the tightly-wound head of the Naughty and Nice Department. Tickets are $20/adults, $15 for students and children. Student matinee tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling 240-567-5301 or online at www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac. At Montgomery Collegeâ€™s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Visit www.adventuretheatre.org or call Amanda Russell at 301-634-2267.
<cal1>Nov. 19 Through Jan. 2
<cal2>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Performances on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Additional performances are listed at adventuretheatre.org. Tickets $15, general admission. Call 301-634-2270 or visit: adventuretheatre.org. At Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo.
<cal1>Nov. 26 Through Dec. 31
<cal2>"The Nutcracker." Presented by the Puppet Co. Playhouse. Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Exceptions: Nov. 26 and Dec. 26 â€“ 31, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. No performances Dec. 24 and 25. Tickets are $10 Adults and Children. Group rates available. For reservations: 301-634-5380 or visit www.thepuppetco.org.
<cal1>Nov. 27 through Dec. 29
<cal2>"Nutcracker Fantasy." 10 a.m. Presented by The Puppet Co. Playhouse. The audience will travel through the Kingdom of Snow, the Kingdom of Flowers, the Kingdom of Sweets and the Kingdom of Far Away Places. "Tiny Tots @ 10" is designed for young children ages 0-4. Show dates: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 15 and 29; Saturday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18; Sunday, Dec. 19 and 26. Dec. 15 performances at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Ticket: $5 adults and children. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thepuppetco.org. For reservations, call 301-634-5380.
Adventure Theatre continues its literary series with seven popular childrenâ€™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.