Hylton Announces Inaugural Hylton Family Series

photoAfter an extraordinarily successful inaugural season, the Hylton Performing Arts Center introduces the Hylton Family Series as part of its 2011-12 performance season. This group of four events is designed for families to experience and enjoy the arts together.

Tickets to each event are very modestly priced at $15 for adults and $5 for children, or $48 for adults or $16 for children when all four events are purchased at once. Children’s tickets are available for anyone grade 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Ticket packages and single tickets are on sale now.

The Hylton Family Series kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at 4 p.m. With music by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher, six-time Emmy Award-winning author/illustrator Mo Willems adapts his Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” into a family musical. Directed by Rosemary Newcott, “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” is the delightful and hilarious tale of a child, her father and her beloved stuffed animal on their first trip to the laundromat. The production is presented in partnership with Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour.

The wacky Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. takes the stage on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 4 p.m. for a fun, interactive program that features physical comedy, dance, juggling and inflatable inventions. For almost two decades, pneumatic wizard Fred Garbo and Brazilian ballerina Daielma Santos have brought their unique performances to audiences across the globe. The show begins when a 10-foot cylinder slithers onto stage and implodes, and before long, the entire audience is playing catch with gigantic inflatable props that dance, shimmer, enlarge, deflate and bounce in a rainbow of colors. Garbo and Santos both don inflatable costumes and the result is delightful comedy that leaves audience marveling and howling.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at 2 p.m., folk icon Peter Yarrow, from the legendary group Peter, Paul & Mary, performs heartwarming renditions of some of the most beloved music of the 20th century, including “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “If I Had Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Yarrow produced three critically acclaimed animated television specials based on “Puff,” receiving an Emmy nomination for his efforts, and even published a children’s picture book based on the song. “I love the fact that Puff’s face is so filled with love.” Yarrow said, when interviewed by Canada’s National Post about the release of the book in 2007.

Imago Theatre takes the stage on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2 p.m., combining comedy, illusion, physical finesse and original music in “ZooZoo.” This critically acclaimed production features a five-member cast playing mischievous animals and inanimate objects that adopt human characteristics, subtly demonstrating universal themes while performing without dialogue to a score of original music. This wild and witty production features a menagerie of creatures – a giant dinosaur, hungry anteaters, hitchhiking rabbits, introverted frogs, cantankerous polar bears, insomniac hippos and tricky penguins – that will mesmerize and delight families of all ages.

Ticket information

The Hylton Family Series Package of all four events is on sale now ($48 for adults, $16 for children). Please call (703) 993-7700 to order the Hylton Family Series Package. Single Tickets for all Hylton Family Series events are on sale as of Aug. 1, 2011 ($15 for adults, $5 for children). Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.



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