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Know Before You Go: Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Jun 14, 2024

Know Before You Go: Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods

For many families in the greater Washington, DC area, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has become a summer tradition. But even the most seasoned Children’s Theatre-goers can use a few reminders to make their Children’s Theatre experience the best it can be. Here are some tips to know before you go: Pack the essentials Although the Children’s Theatre stage...

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Wolf Trap Teaching Artists Salute the Teachers Who Inspired Them
Jun 11, 2024

Wolf Trap Teaching Artists Salute the Teachers Who Inspired Them

Wolf Trap asked its teaching artists to reflect upon educators who made a difference in their lives, inspired their love of the arts, and helped shape the direction of their careers. Here’s what they shared: Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Ambo Tazanu shares how her high school drama teacher encouraged her to pursue theater, and consider a professional career in the performing arts. Teachers build connections...

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“Hip Hop Harmony,” A Lesson in Adapting Musical Experiences for Young Children
Jun 11, 2024

“Hip Hop Harmony,” A Lesson in Adapting Musical Experiences for Young Children

Children’s Performer Fyütch Reflects on His Experience Developing a New Commission for Wolf Trap This spring, Wolf Trap tapped Grammy-nominated children’s performer and social justice artist Harold “Fyütch” Simmons to create an original commission for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Collaborating with Wolf Trap’s education team, Fyütch developed a 45-minute performance work titled “Hip Hop Harmony” that included three new compositions that he...

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Using Music to Boost Engagement
Jun 11, 2024

Using Music to Boost Engagement

Singing, dancing, dramatic play, and puppetry can help children develop foundational skills in math, science, and literacy. Musical experiences, in particular, have been shown to boost brain development in children in the areas of language and reading skills, increasing their overall literacy, according to a 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute.1 Introducing instruments, songs, and chants into daily activities...

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What Keeps Great Artists Coming Back to Wolf Trap?
Jun 07, 2024

What Keeps Great Artists Coming Back to Wolf Trap?

From recent returnee John Legend to seasoned entertainer Lyle Lovett, lots of artists travel back to the Filene Center to perform shows every year. While Wolf Trap holds memories for countless fans, it’s also a special place for many artists. Find out what keeps such fantastic performers returning year after year. Returning Favorites There’s a good reason why you’ll see artists popping up on Wolf...

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The School for Lovers
Jun 06, 2024

The School for Lovers

Così fan tutte, the final work in the towering trilogy brought to us by Mozart and Da Ponte, is certainly the most challenging of the three to bring to the modern stage....

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Wolf Trap’s Out & About Festival Returns: More Music, More Good Vibes
May 30, 2024

Wolf Trap’s Out & About Festival Returns: More Music, More Good Vibes

Break out the colorful festival ’fits and fanny packs and gather your friends and family! Out & About—the vibrant, one-day, three-stage festival celebrating music, nature, and Pride at Wolf Trap—is back for its second year. Featuring a dynamic lineup of LGBTQ+ artists and allies, Out & About is made for everyone to connect with nature and community. Enjoy the day your way by playing games...

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A Chat with Jamie Barton, 2024 Filene Artist in Residence
May 28, 2024

A Chat with Jamie Barton, 2024 Filene Artist in Residence

Before the 2024 season, Wolf Trap Opera spoke with Filene Artist in Residence Jamie Barton (’09) to reflect on her time with WTO and what she’s excited to share with this year’s artists. Wolf Trap Opera (WTO): How did WTO’s program set you up for success in your creative and professional endeavors? Any special moments that stand out? Jamie Barton (JB): My summer with Wolf...

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