The Keegan Theatre is a great place for children and adults of all ages to experience the arts! We got the chance to check out The Elves and the Shoemaker and it was a great performance with an even better holiday message!
Eric followed his dreams and moved his family to be the sole shoemaker in a small village. His wife and daughter lived with the painful truth (and feet!) that he was not good at his craft. They lived with sore feet so that Eric didn’t live with a broken heart!
During the play, Eric’s daughter, Shannon, makes a trade with a peddler. She receives a magical necklace that holds the charm of the elves in return for her uncomfortable shoes. She is hopeful that the magic will help her family with their failing shoe store. With the help of the necklace, Shannon’s words beckon elves to come to their shop every night and make comfortable shoes. The new shoes revive the shoe store but at a tremendous cost to the family’s happiness as they quickly forget that family and kindness come before material items.
The message of the show was timed perfectly for the holidays at it is a good reminder that the most important things can not be bought at a store! The show provided many laughs along the way as the cast worked so well together and kept the audience’s attention from beginning to end. The show ran for approximately an hour – the perfect amount of time for some of the younger attendees!
Know Before You Go:
- If you are looking for a date night before the end of the year, check out the Irish Carol that is running now through December 31st!
- The intimate theatre provides easy viewing even for small kids.
- Refreshments are for sale in the lobby, but they are more tailored for adults than children.
- The theatre itself is not stroller friendly (with several sets of stairs) so plan to leave yours when you enter.
- The theatre is located at 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
- You can get a discount on parking at Colonial Parking (1616 P Street, NW) when you pay online with the promo code KeeganTheatre.
- Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA offers educational programming for families and young people of all ages and experience levels to discover their authentic voices by both watching and doing. Registration and more information on their website.
- Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA offers in-school workshops, residencies, and more. Submit your interest online to discuss programs that work in your school.
- Plan ahead for the next PLAY-RAH-KA performance is the Reluctant Dragon which begins in May!