Wolf Trap Announces Children’s Theatre-In-The-Woods’ 2018 Season

Children's Theatre-In-The-Woods


  • Seven-week season features the best of children’s music, dance, theater and more. Season features Wolf Trap debuts from Grammy winners, and veterans from Blue Man Group, They Might Be Giants, and more
  • Summer fun for children of all ages --  affordable tickets, free parking, and bring-your-own picnics
  • Children can Stay and Play after the show, take part in interactive workshops with artists, and earn their Junior Ranger badge with park rangers at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  • America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts offers a beautiful setting and casual atmosphere to introduce young performance-goers to the arts

Vienna, Va. (April 10, 2018) — Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its 2018 season lineup for Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. The 2018 season begins with Wolf Trap first-timers Michael & The Rockness Monsters, featuring Blue Man Group veteran Michael Napolitano. Nine acts make their Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods debuts this summer, including Bollywood dance company Rhythmaya Dance, renowned Spanish singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos, and Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band, which features long-time They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf. Returning favorites include David Engel with Harry Potter and Willy Wonka-themed performances, and high flying hip-hoppers FLY Dance Company. A complete chronological calendar and select images are available in the online press room. Additional print-ready images are available upon request.


This summer also includes the return of Listen, Wilhelmina!, which was commissioned in 2017 by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. The project brings together two of the Foundation’s mission-based programs: Wolf Trap Opera, one of the nation’s premier training grounds for young professional singers, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a nationally recognized leader in early childhood arts-based learning.

After each performance, children and parents are encouraged to continue enjoying the free and open space within Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts with Stay and Play . After select shows, children can also enjoy nature-based activities with Wolf Trap National Park’s Junior Ranger program, as well as take part in interactive and hands-on lessons with performers in small-group workshops. Select dates for Junior Ranger programs and workshops can be found on the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods calendar.

Since 1971, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods has been a Washington-area summer tradition for children and their families, featuring live performances and diverse acts including puppetry, storytelling, dance, theater, and music. Situated in the heart of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the open-air Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods welcomes families, school groups, camps, caregivers, and their young ones, and often serves as children’s first live performance experience. Performances can be enjoyed Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning June 19 and running through August 4. Tickets are $8 - $12 and children under two may attend free of charge.

Through its Community Service Ticket program, Wolf Trap Foundation participates with local nonprofits serving children and families who are economically disadvantaged and individuals with special needs by providing thousands of complimentary tickets to select Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performances. For more information about the Community Service Ticket program, visit the website.

Wolf Trap also continues its family access initiative for select Filene Center performances. The Young at Arts program invites families to connect with the arts and with each other by offering free 17-and-under tickets for select performances.  For a complete listing of performance dates and program information, visit wolftrap.org/youngatarts.

“We strive to provide top-notch programming at all of our venues and that certainly is true of Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods this summer,” said Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “We invite children and their parents and caregivers to come, experience the park, revel in the warm weather, and enjoy some of the country’s best children’s performing artists.”

Ticketing and On-Sale Information

  • Tickets for Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performances go on sale to the public on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:00 am.  
  • Tickets are required for all performances for adults and children. Children under two are free, but still require a ticket

Beginning April 13 at 10:00 a.m., Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods tickets may be purchased:

  • Online at wolftrap.org/woods
  • By phone at 877.WOLFTRAP
  • In person at the Filene Center Box Office, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

Major support of this program is provided by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative.

Wolf Trap’s season is made possible by generous support from
Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, 2018 Season Underwriters.

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

Media Information

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