(Photo credit: Michael Horan)
When: April 22, 2016 – May 30, 2016
Where: Adventure Theatre
7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD. 20812
Why: The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King.
Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen this captivating play is part of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. A great introduction into Chinese history and culture while also allowing the audience to see a world premiere play made up of an all Asian cast! Children will be lured into the play from the get-go as characters are adorned in colorful costumes and begin the play with most of the cast singing a catchy song. There are funny pandas, a graceful Nightingale and a two-person tiger (similar to Chinese dragons seen in parades) in addition to the “human” cast. I loved the moving shutters and the familiar background projections. I found the audience participation to be a humorous way to involve the children and get them focused.
(Photo credit: Bruce Douglas)
Running time is 55 minutes with no intermission.
Tickets can be purchased here. Tickets are $19.50 each with group and field trip rates available. Children under the age of 1 are free.
The Emperor’s Nightingale is recommended for all ages. However, there are a few parts where the tiger may be a bit scary to some.