• When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, time TBA
  • Where: Publick Playhouse , Cheverly
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit2: Not available
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This cultural enrichment program for children is supported by a grant from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. The GEICO Gecko Series includes eight professional musical theatre productions by national touring companies in the 2013-2014 Midweek Matinee season. The Gecko series opens with New York’s Theatreworks’ performance of “Skippyjon Jones.” Based on the popular book, the kitten with the big ears and bigger imagination transforms into Skippito Friskito, the greatest Chihuahua sword fighter of old Mexico. But when his canine friends are terrorized by a huge bee, will Skippyjon turn ‘fraidy cat, or stay top dog? Recommended for grades K-4, the musical encourages children to believe in themselves.

Friday, October 25
Skippyjon Jones
10 a.m. – GEICO introduction
10:15 a.m. and 12 noon – Performances
Tickets: $6; $5/groups of 15 or more, or free to Prince George’s Title 1 Schools

Representatives from GEICO, the Prince George’s County Board of Education, Prince George’s County Commission, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are invited to join area students at the 10 a.m. season opening on October 25. The GEICO Gecko will be on hand to welcome children at this performance and other productions in the series.

The 2013-2014 GEICO Gecko Series also includes the following Midweek Matinees inspired by award-winning books, history, and cultural heritage:

• Thursday, November 14, “June B. Jones – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”
• Tuesday, December 3, “Snow Queen”
• Friday, January 31, “Dream Carver”*
• Tuesday, February 11, “Songs of Freedom”
• Friday, March 7, “Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly”
• Tuesday, April 8, “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”
• Tuesday, May 6, “Mexican Legends and Song”*

The series is expected to include up to 8,000 children. Title 1 Schools can receive free tickets by calling the Playhouse group sales office at 301-277-1710, or tty 301-277-0312. Tickets are distributed on a first-request basis as available.

For more information, call 301-277-1710, or visit arts.pgparks.com.