Adventure Theatre MTC announces 2024/25 season

Season features exciting productions new to ATMTC, along with returning classics.

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), educating and inspiring new generations of theater artists and audiences with exceptional theatrical experiences, imagines a better tomorrow for new and experienced audiences with its 2024-2025 season. The 73rd season heralds the second season under Artistic Director Kurt Boehm, and introduces Sarah Chapin, the recently appointed Managing Director. Featuring exciting productions new to Adventure Theatre MTC, and the return of beloved classics, the season promises a diverse range of entertainment. Setting the stage for hope and empowerment, the musical She Persisted (October 4 – November 3, 2024), inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s book, takes the spotlight. Next, get ready for a riotous holiday treat with the uproarious comedy ’Twas the Night Before Christmas (December 6, 2024 – January 5, 2025), sure to spread festive cheer. Then, witness the magic of unlikely bonds in the heartwarming tale Dragons Love Tacos (February 7 – March 30, 2025), celebrating the power of friendship amidst challenges. Finally, enchanting audiences of all ages, the timeless classic Charlotte’s Web (April 25 – May 25, 2025) weaves its spell. Bringing the season to a thrilling close, don’t miss the Theatre for Young Audiences adaptation of The Lightning Thief – TYA Version (June 20 – August 17, 2025), based on Rick Riordan’s celebrated novel.

Says Kurt Boehm, Adventure Theatre MTC Artistic Director, “Our 73rd season will push the envelope for our small and mighty organization in the hopes and spirit of a better tomorrow. This season we will celebrate community, friendship, and determination. We are thrilled to bring back some of our favorite artists including Mary Hall Surface, Deborah Wicks La Puma, Ashleigh King, Patrick Flynn, Ray Ficca, and Monique Midgette. This season promises to provide our audiences with exceptional theatrical performances featuring the DMV’s most sought after talent. We look forward to seeing you in Glen Echo!”

To kick off the season, Helen Hayes Award Recipient Mary Hall Surface (Ella Enchanted, Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales) will direct the musical SHE PERSISTED, the trailblazing, Theater for Young Audiences new musical, based on the best-selling children’s book written by Chelsea Clinton and beautifully illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. She will be joined by Music Director and Composer, Deborah Wicks La Puma, and Helen Hayes Award-winning Choreographer, Ashleigh King.

Patrick Flynn, Helen Hayes Award-nominated playwright and award-winning filmmaker based in Washington, DC, is set to direct Ken Ludwig’s ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which made its world premiere debut on the Adventure Theatre MTC stage in 2011.

In 2025, stage veteran Ray Ficca will delight dragon fans and taco enthusiasts alike with the comedy DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, an adaptation of the book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, brought to life in a story about unlikely taco parties, spicy salsa, and what it means to be a friend.

Adventure delights classic literature enthusiasts with CHARLOTTE’S WEB, directed by Broadway’s esteemed Monique Midgette. Based on the book by E.B. White, Adventure is excited to bring this tale of friendship, courage, and self-sacrifice to the stage.

The season concludes with the Theater for Young Audiences version of THE LIGHTNING THIEF – TYA VERSION, based on the book by Rick Riordan. Helen Hayes Award-winning director and choreographer, Artistic Director Kurt Boehm, will direct the epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods.

Single tickets are $25 each, with group and field trip rates available. Flexpasses, a book of 10 tickets, applicable to any show in the 2024-2025 season, are currently on sale for $175. All performances will take place at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD, 20812 in the historic Glen Echo Park. For more information about Adventure Theatre MTC, call 301-634-2270 or visit


October 4-November 3, 2024
Based on book by Chelsea Clinton and Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Script and Lyrics by Adam Tobin
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Mary Hall Surface

Fourth-grader Naomi’s field trip to a Women’s History Museum turns into a time travel adventure where she encounters inspirational women who have overcome barriers and made waves throughout U.S. history. From activists to athletes, artists and more, the musical features the stories of female trailblazers such as Harriet Tubman, Virginia Apgar, Ruby Bridges, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Sonia Sotomayor.

December 6, 2024 – January 5, 2025
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Patrick Flynn

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say “Merry Christmas!”, we are off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just will not take no for an answer. Do not miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!

February 7– March 30, 2025
Written by Ernie Nolan
Based on the book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Music by Chris LaPorte
Directed by Ray Ficca

You know what Dragons really love? Tacos of course! A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve to dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa…watch out!

April 25 – May 25, 2025
Based on the book by E.B. White
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Recipient of the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award
Directed by Monique Midgette

Charlotte’s mission to save Wilbur unfolds with the unveiling of her miraculous web, adorned with the proclamation “Some pig.” Thus begins a triumphant crusade, culminating in Wilbur’s salvation and a poignant gesture honoring Charlotte’s legacy. This timeless tale celebrates the power of friendship and the enduring impact of kindness, promising both actors and audience an enchanting afternoon filled with warmth and wonder.

June 20 – August 17, 2025
Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Directed by Kurt Boehm

This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestselling book opened on Broadway in 2019. When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods.

Located in Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD) and with an Academy in Wintergreen Plaza (Rockville, MD), Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) educates and inspires new generations of theater artists and audiences with exceptional theatrical experiences.


  1. She Persisted composer/music director Deborah Wicks La Puma is a Helen Hayes winner too. She won for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation for her Ella Enchanted musical in 2018. She has earned a total of 6 Helen Hayes Nominations, including for Outstanding Music Direction. In addition, two other musicals Debbie composed (Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus!) have won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences.


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