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“A Fairfax Nutcracker” Presented by Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Ballet Company

Two venerable Fairfax County performing arts institutions are joining forces for a singular holiday season experience for the whole family.

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Timeless Masterpiece of Broken Hearts

Virginia Opera’s “La Boheme” at Center for the Arts.

Soon, Northern Virginia audiences will be able to be transfixed by Puccini’s mesmerizing masterwork “La Boheme.”

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Celebrating Diversity with Arts in Fairfax

The Arts Council of Fairfax County launches a ‘Global Arts Initiative.’

With the increasing demographic diversity of Northern Virginia, the Arts Council of Fairfax County has funded a “Global Arts Initiative.”

Unforgettable Medal of Honor Stories Comes to Reston

Stephen Lang to perform ‘Beyond Glory’ at Reston Community Center.

Stories of ordinary military service members doing extraordinary deeds during war-time will be presented at Reston’s CenterStage.

Provocative, Edgy Humor Comes to McLean

‘Big and Tall’ come to the Alden Theatre.

Late night, cheeky stand-up comedy, with plenty of sharp pointed takes on contemporary times will be front-and-center at the Alden Theatre.

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A Ride on the Wild Side

A ride on the wild side with murder mystery at NextStop Theatre presents ‘Deathtrap,’ a murder mystery.

Experience why Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap” is one of the long-running suspense-thrillers in Broadway history.

Fairfax: ‘Dracula’ from L.A. Theatre Works at Center for the Arts

‘Dracula’ from L.A. Theatre Works at Center for the Arts

He’s back. And just in time for Halloween. “He” is that noted, undead vampire who has inspired so many imitators; “Dracula.” He and his cohorts are coming to town in the L.A. Theatre Works live theater production of that popular Goth cultural icon created by Bram Stoker a century ago.

'Romeo and Juliet' at GMU Center for the Arts

“That all the world will be in love” wrote Shakespeare. Such a deep wish for the ages from The Bard’s 400-year-old tragic tale of two young lovers hoping their feuding families would reconcile.

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‘Shrek the Musical’ Opens Reston Community Players’ 49th Season

It really is a big, bright beautiful world. And love can surely conquer lots, even if you are a big green ogre named Shrek with some bad habits or a spirited princess named Fiona.

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The Marcy & Zina Show Arriving at Reston’s CenterStage

Get ready for a winning musical evening with songs ranging from humorous tales of an unforeseen crush at a local Starbucks, to whom not to date, along with numbers about profound pangs of caring and affecting love ballads.

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1st Stage Presents 'Now Comes the Night'

Crackling dialogue, powerful ideas and well-crafted artistry describe “Now Comes the Night” written by award-winning E.M. Lewis now playing at 1st Stage.

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'Orpheus in the Underworld' Plays at GMU's Center for the Arts

Have no fears of flying off into Offenbach’s delicious musical parody of the legend of Orpheus pursuing his wife Eurydice into the Underworld.

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Providence Players Open the Season with 'Calendar Girls'

Opening its 18th season, the Providence Players are in a heartfelt, uplifting comic mood presenting “Calendar Girls.”

Taking the Helm at Workhouse

Ava Spece named president and CEO of Workhouse Arts Center.

“The selection of Ava Spece to lead the Workhouse was due to her vast, deep appreciation and passion for the Arts as well as her strength, poise and character to help us achieve the dreams envisioned by the Workhouse,” said Tim Rizer, chair, Workhouse Arts Foundation Board.

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Fairfax: 'ARTS by George!' Gala Features Broadway Superstar Bernadette Peters

“There is nothing like it anywhere else in the region,” said Rick Davis, dean, George Mason University, College of Visual and Performing Arts describing the upcoming ARTS by George! Gala evening.

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Herndon: Comic and Heartfelt

One woman’s journey to motherhood at NextStop Theatre.

With plenty of wide-eyed sparkle based upon her own journey to motherhood, Ginna Hoben will be featured in the world premiere of “No Spring Chicken.”

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Fairfax: 'Fall for the Book Festival' Returns Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

Book-lovers rejoice; the local treasure “Fall for the Book” is arriving for a week-long stay. This year’s celebration will feature over 150 authors representing a wide-gamut of genres.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Beethoven

Season opening performance on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Plenty of reasons to celebrate the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) about to begin its 59th season as Fairfax County’s flagship orchestra. This year, under the baton of music director Christopher Zimmerman, the FSO will celebrate the genius of Beethoven’s masterpieces while featuring the coming generation of virtuoso classical pianists.

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‘Tango Along the Silk Road’ at Reston CenterStage

Just the name “Silk Road” conjures up travel to exotic locales and remarkable cultures. Reston’s CenterStage (RCC) will be providing an opportunity to travel the Silk Road with Northern Virginia’s own QuinTango as the group brings a remarkable performance to audience’s ears and eyes.

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McLean: ‘Calendar Girls’ on Alden Stage

“We are a show about a sisterhood of women in a bonded group; thinking and doing what others didn’t expect,” said Diane Sams, co-producer and a featured actor in the upcoming McLean Community Players production of Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls.”

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Herndon: NextStop Opens New Season with ‘Kiss Me Kate’

No need to brush up on your Shakespeare to relish NextStop Theatre’s season opening production, “Kiss Me Kate.” With music and lyrics by the legendary Cole Porter, the show is a Tony Award-winning sophisticated, comic twist based upon Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, “Taming of the Shrew.”

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Lorton: Introducing Shakespeare to Children

Workhouse Arts Center debut for Pocket Change Theatre’s “Midsummer on a Playground.”

Continuing to bring Fairfax County fresh, youthful performing arts talent to audiences, the Workhouse Arts Center has a special family-friendly treat in store.

World Premiere at Hub Theatre

“Leto Legend” a heartfelt comedy about a supermom.

“I am intrigued by the modern day super-heroines. There has been a shift in superheroes that have gifts simply bestowed on them to ones who have to work and train really hard to become heroes, and these hard workers tend to be female,” said Helen Pafumi, artistic director, Hub Theatre.

Innovative Dance Event at Workhouse ArtWalk: “Mise en Dance”

The Workhouse’s monthly “2nd Saturday ArtWalk” has been showcasing the diverse work of visual artists. “It is a unique time to meet the artists and watch them create new pieces,” said Joseph Wallen, performing arts director.

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Contemporary Rock Musical Retelling

McLean Community Players to present “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

“A provocative musical story about issues surrounding who can we trust and believe,” said Anne Norland describing “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the McLean Community Players (MCP) summer production.

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Absorbing Examination of Human Nature

“The Good Counselor” presented at 1st Stage.

If you are seeking out magnetic theater that deals with unsettling, yet real-life, family issues and a search for the truth, make your way to 1st Stage. Under the confident, wise direction of Alex Levy, Kathryn Grant’s award winning “The Good Counselor” is an evening of riveting performances.

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James Bond Is Coming to Workhouse

The one-man show is a lampoon and theater of the imagination of all things James Bond.

Dive into the world of that suave secret agent, James Bond, as he plants the British flag in a live theater production at the Workhouse. Bond won’t be alone either; the production will have a wealth of eccentric characters; good and evil, male and female, along with original music adding urbane flair to the action and antics.

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Tennessee Williams With a Humorous Attitude

Providence Players to Present “The Glass Mendacity.”

“The Glass Mendacity,” the name alone draws quizzical smiles with its off-kilter, double-take title. It is a parody play created by mixing and mingling Tennessee Williams’ iconic dramatic characters and situations into a lighthearted comic production.

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Thought-provoking Classic

“A Man for All Season” arriving at NextStop Theatre.

“The show may be set in 16th Century England, but the issues raised have little changed over the centuries”, noted Todd Huse, who plays the central role of Thomas More in the upcoming production of “A Man for All Seasons” at NextStop Theatre.

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GMU Announces ‘Great Performances’

New season to feature crowd favorites and debuts of new performers.

There was a buzz of energy in the jam-packed foyer of the Center for the Arts at George Mason University. Northern Virginia performing arts lovers were ready to learn of the 25th anniversary season of “Great Performances at Mason!”

Linking Dance With Poetry and a Social Cause

“Persistent Voices” to explore the effect of AIDS.

The visionary choreographer Daniel Phoenix Singh is returning to Reston CenterStage with a premiere of his newest dance theater work, “Persistent Voices.” Singh is known for crossing cultural and artistic boundaries in his dance works. He wants his works to communicate to an audience as “a vehicle for social change and community development.”

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McLean Community Players to Present 'Barefoot in the Park'

Sweet innocence is arriving as “Barefoot in the Park” makes a rare appearance, courtesy of the McLean Community Players (MCP). Written by Neil Simon, one of America’s premiere comic writers, the play centers on an unlikely newlywed couple moving into a tiny fifth-floor walk-up apartment in New York City.

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‘Old Wicked Songs’ at Tysons 1st Stage

Masterful production to run through May 3 at Tysons.

High accolades are due for the 1st Stage production of “Old Wicked Songs,” a play powered by a heart-tugging premise, precise high-caliber acting, with an evocative set and piano music from composer Robert Schumann that opens anyone’s heart to tenderness.

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Some Lunacy for Springtime by Reston Community Players

Reston Community Players presents a fun, diverting show.

“A great distraction from the everyday” is how director Adam Konowe describes the Reston Community Players’ next production, “The Fox on the Fairway.” And the madcap comedy was written by popular local area playwright, Ken Ludwig.

“Classic Broadway” at Mason Stage on April 12

Broadway’s classic tunes are headed to Northern Virginia as Todd Ellison and friends take center stage at the Center for the Arts with a tribute to “Classic Broadway.”

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Hub Theatre Delves into the Daring Life of “The Typographer’s Dream”

The venturesome, daring folk at the Hub Theatre are continuing to bring audiences bold new works by playwrights less often produced in the area. For its spring production, the Hub is producing the area premiere of the provocative and insightful “The Typographer’s Dream” written by Obie-Award winning playwright Adam Bock.

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Northern Virginia Film Fest, April 13-19 at Angelika Film Center

“Creating a slice of Hollywood in Northern Virginia” is what the inaugural Northern Virginia International Film Festival is setting out to become for local and independent filmmakers and audiences, according to Fernando A. Mico, festival director.

Vienna Theatre Company Presents 'Other Desert Cities'

Rosemary Hartman, director of Vienna Theatre Company’s next production described “Other Desert Cities” as “a play with plenty of political overtones in a world of power and influence, but driven by a complex family situation and a big secret.”

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George Mason’s Dance Company Presents “2015 Dance Gala Concert”

Dance is a captivating art form. An exploration set to music. It is motion and stillness, turns and jumps done with personal style. It is “Shakespeare in the air,“ according to William Reeder, dean, George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts. He called dance at Mason “simply extraordinary, and world-class.”

Herndon's NextStop Theatre Produces 'The Secret Garden'

The beloved novel, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, has been transformed into a musical that will be gracing the stage at NextStop Theatre. It is “a joyful, entertaining story about the enduring power of love, through all obstacles and across all boundaries,” said Evan Hoffmann, director of the NextStop production.

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A Heartbeat Through the Universe

Virginia Opera presents “La Traviata.”

Be smitten with Violetta, the brave woman who learns that “love can be inspired by a passing glance,” but happiness is not such an easy journey. This is the grand sweep of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the world’s most performed opera, coming to the Center for the Arts, courtesy of Virginia Opera with music by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

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Family Ties Face the Unexpected

Providence Players of Fairfax to present "Other Desert Cities."

Does a daughter have the right to write a family “tell-all” memoir that will upset her orderly, well-to-do family? The Providence Players of Fairfax County invite you to reflect on that question and more with its next production, “Other Desert Cities.”

‘Military and the Arts Initiative’ Comes to Workhouse

The Workhouse Arts Center is launching a “Military and the Arts Initiative.” It is a collaboration with Fort Belvoir, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC). The Initiative is focused on expanding opportunities and providing activities for veterans and military service members.

A Powerful Musical on Reston Stage

Reston Community Players producing “Sunset Boulevard.”

“It is a huge production, but at the very heart it is an intimate story of people in conflict,” said Mark Hidalgo, director of the Reston Community Players’ upcoming musical “Sunset Boulevard.” “The characters are all struggling with the impinging outside world.”

‘A Legendary Celebration’ in McLean

Dancer, actress and singer Chita Rivera to perform at the Alden Theatre on Feb. 24.

A legendary talent will soon arrive at the Alden Theatre to entertain and enthrall; the incomparable dancer, actress and singer Chita Rivera. In her six decade career, Rivera has been honored with two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and six additional Tony nominations, received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture and a Presidential Medal of Freedom among many honors.

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Exploring the Truth, Doubt and Consequences

1st Stage presents “Doubt.”

1st Stage has given audiences a beautifully accomplished, soaring production of “Doubt, a Parable.” Directed by Michael Dove, “Doubt” is a courageous act of intellectual and emotional honesty that is rare in its presentation of power, gender and ambiguity. It is rich in passionate dialogue to hold your attention.

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Stories of Good Times, Bad Times

NextStop presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

"Who did I think I was when I bought this?" a voice says. A mother's voice reverberates, "Is that what you are going to wear?" These words will be front-and-center at NextStop Theatre's regional premiere of a comedy that is not for women only.

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Virginia Opera's Special Gift for Valentine's Weekend

“Salome” at George Mason University Center for the Arts.

Salome, a name that conjures unforgettable impressions: passion, desire, murder. The opera "Salome" is based upon a once shocking Oscar Wilde literary work. This Valentine's weekend the Virginia Opera is presenting a production about how love's obsession in the wrong hands can lead to the most unfortunate, unforeseen consequences.

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‘An Evening in Prague’ at GMU

New musical work for a special evening with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

"Orchestral music is such a fantastic art form, " said Chris Zimmerman, music director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) in a recent interview. "And, I am committed to performing music by living composers" and full-scale masterpieces of the great classic composers.

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Oakton High Drama Explores Propaganda

Oakton students to perform in “Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival.”

"We are so proud to be part of the ‘Signature in the Schools 20th Anniversary Festival,’” said Vanessa L. Gelinas, Oakton High School Theater Arts teacher. "It is a tremendous opportunity for the students to perform and learn."