Contributed by Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 2 p.m.
MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 8, 2013 – Critically acclaimed troupe Imago Theatre returns to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. with “FROGZ,” an enchanting mix of dance, circus arts and illusions combined with sidesplitting humor and witty commentary. The Boston Globe said, “‘FROGZ’ is that rare theatrical event: family-friendly entertainment that is actually friendly for everyone … lively … inventive … remarkably acrobatic … thrilling … hysterical … now, that’s entertainment!” This performance is a part of the Hylton Family Series, featuring events for families to enjoy and experience the arts together.
Imago Theatre’s signature work “FROGZ,” which has had two Broadway runs, features a cast of five who transport the audience out of their everyday lives in segments that include frogs doing acrobatics, penguins playing musical chairs, lizards wrestling, dancing strings, a curious giant baby and a paper bag coming to life. The imaginative piece was the first work created by Imago Theatre in 1979, and it has since evolved with the addition of new characters, actors, designers and original music. “Terrific! It is hard to name a show better suited to introduce kids to the imaginative power of theater.” (National Public Radio)
Founded in 1979 by Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, Imago Theatre strives to put form and design at the heart of theater creation, while incorporating a distinctive physical energy and stunning masks and disguises into each production. The company has been hailed for its ingenuity and creativity on its tours across Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States, and presents a season at home in Portland, Ore. Imago Theatre is a recipient of the New York Dance Film Award and “Best Touring Production” by Independent Reviewers of New England. Two of Imago Theatre’s most celebrated productions, “ZooZoo” and “FROGZ,” have appeared several times at Broadway’s New Victory Theater, and “FROGZ” has appeared at the Tony Award-winning American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. “[Imago Theatre are] masters of mime, dance and acrobatics … inspired fun!” (The New York Times)
The Hylton Family Series continues with Pushcart Players’ “Happily Ever After – A Cinderella Tale” on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Please visitHyltonCenter.org for tickets and more information.
Tickets for IMAGO THEATRE’S “FROGZ” are $15 for adults, $5 for children. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) 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 visitHyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.
About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.
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