- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 15, 2001

Directions:

Wolf Trap can be accessed from the Dulles Toll Road in Vienna. Follow signs and the crowd to the Theatre-in-the-Woods.

Performances:

Two acts perform at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Tickets:

Admission is $3 for one show or $5 for both shows. Some shows sell out in advance, so tickets may be purchased by calling 703/218-6500 or 703/255-1827 or online at www.wolftrap.org. Tickets are free for nonprofit groups such as camps and day care centers.

Parking:

There is ample free parking.

Workshops:

Children can get hands-on experience in drama, puppetry and music with the performers from the 10 a.m. show. Workshops are given Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They are free, but reservations are required. Call 703/255-1824.

Note:

• Bring bug spray. The theater is out of direct sunlight, but bugs can be heavy in the woods.
m Only water is allowed into the theater. Picnic baskets, coolers and other snacks and juice must be left in the picnic area during the show.
m There are only a handful of picnic tables, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is wise to bring a blanket or towel to sit on, just in case.
m The walk from the parking lot to the theater can be rather long (and uphill on the return) for preschoolers and younger children. You are permitted to take a stroller to the theater.

Theater schedule

Four weeks remain on the Theatre-in-the-Woods schedule:

• July 17 through 21

10 a.m. Dinorock's "Dinosaur Desperados" Travel to the thrilling days of prehistoric play as Dinorock (a dance, music and storytelling group) unmasks its newest fossil fantasy, where the Old West meets the old, old West.

11:15 a.m. East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band Steel pan music from the Caribbean is brought to the stage by a group of young performers from the District.

• July 24 through 28

10 a.m. The Battersby Duo With a mixture of high-energy be-bop and doo-wop, fun and comedy, this interactive show introduces children to literature and stimulates their imaginations.

11:15 a.m. Interact Story Theatre's "The Rescue" In this topsy-turvy modern fairy tale, a princess sets off to rescue a prince from the grip of danger.

• July 31 through Aug. 4

10 a.m. Maryland Youth Ballet's Summer Festival The dance troupe will perform an assortment of ballet, jazz and modern dance.

11:15 a.m. Joe Pipik's Backpack Puppets in "The Rainbow Show" This zany variety show features a mischievous monkey named Jogi who, along with his friends, takes the audience on a fun-filled journey looking for the colors of the rainbow.

• Aug. 7 through 11

10 a.m. Classika Theatre's "Legends of the East" An Arabian princess takes a fascinating journey to India, Pakistan and Israel, where she makes new friends and has unforgettable adventures.

11:15 a.m. Baltimore Opera's "Three Little Pigs" Children are introduced to the magic of opera through this classic children's tale, played out to music from Mozart. The three pigs learn to solve the problems of how to build their houses by reading books.

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