Strathmore Backyard Theater: Giveaway for Family Fun

Posted July 9th, 2012 by Sandie in Entertainment, Theater

Snowday at Strathmore's Backyard Theater

Snowday, courtesy Strathmore

It’s ridiculously hot outside, but guess what, this Thursday the weather forecast will be partly cloudy, with a high near 84. No thunderstorms expected, which means it’s a good day to grab your clan and head to Strathmore in Bethesda for the start of their annual Backyard Theater program. Every Thursday for four weeks, Strathmore will present a different performance (twice a day!) for families eager for a little bit of culture (not to mention the snowcones).

Last year, my kids and I attended a Russian dance troupe’s Backyard Theater performance, and it was amazing. Barynya beautifully depicted traditional music and dance from Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma culture. The kids and I loved it, and we kept talking about the dances, costumes, and songs for a long while (I had just read a book about the Romanov family, so I had Russia on the brain last summer).

This year, Backyard Theater is kicking off with Snowday, a quintet that exposes kids to the entire spectrum of a cappella music. Strathmore has kindly offered our readers a four-pack of tickets to one of this week’s two performances: 9:30 am or 11:30 am (value of giveaway is $32 total).

Check them out this promo of their group:

More about Snowday: A Snowday always makes kids giddy, even in summer, and the group kicks off Backyard Theater for Children with a repertoire that spans the history of a cappella from chant to barbershop, doo wop and modern pop, from Palestrina to Rihanna. Founded in 2008 with the mission of bringing contemporary vocal music into mainstream education, Snowday performs all genres of music. Mini Madonnas and Michael Bublés will learn about voice parts, rhythm and basic arranging techniques, culminating with opportunities to try out singing and vocal percussion for themselves.

Snowday at Backyard Theater:
Thursday, July 12, 2012
9:30 & 11:30 a.m. (Tickets cost $8 per person (Strathmore Stars, $7.20), and children 2 & under are free)

The Strathmore Mansion is at 10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment by 9 AM this Wednesday morning explaining why your family needs a little theater outing this week. Winner will be notified Wed. afternoon!

Sandie clearly loves Strathmore nearly as much as the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She blogs about Young Adult literature at Teen Lit Rocks and occasionally about herself at Urban Mama.



2 Responses to “Strathmore Backyard Theater: Giveaway for Family Fun”

  1. Nathan Altimari

    While I’m not a mom, nor am I local to Washington DC, I AM going to be in town for the show on Thursday (11:30). My wife and I are traveling to the Capital with our 15mo girl Riley for a whirlwind family trip. Mom has a work-related conference on Thursday and Friday, dad has his own career-related conference on Friday night and all day Saturday. So the kiddo and I will be on our own all day Thursday. Being an a cappella family, we had already planned on heading up to the Strathmore for the show, but as this is a trip from home (we live in Albany NY), any amount of savings would be a great help. Sadly, we only need 1 ticket as the kiddo qualifies for free admission. So perhaps a family of 3 will benefit as well. Either way, so looking forward to it!

  2. Allison

    We spent last week cooped up with a baby who can’t stand the heat and a big sister with croup. Would be fantastic to get out and do something fun!