Lorton Workhouse SpotLYTE presents Cinderella Cinderella and The Road To Forever

 Get some culture this Spring Break and check out one of two (or both, I won't stop you!) performances for young audiences at the Lorton Workhouse.  My review will be up tomorrow, or you can win a family 5 pack of tickets to see the show until 8pm tonight on our facebook fan page! Just click "like" right next to our banner at the top of the page!

We were able to go today (Friday, April 22) to check out the Cinderella Cinderella Performance and it was fantastic. This youth theatre cast did a fantastic job!  My kids were so excited to get in on the action as "extras".  My daughter got to be the "queen", and my sons were her "attendants".  Other children helped Cinderella get her cleaning done and were even flower girls in the (spoiler alert) wedding.  There's no "yucky kissing stuff" in this version, which my sons greatly appreciated.

After the performance, we decided we'd wander around a little bit.  The galleries in the buildings are free to tour.  Numerous artists were in their studios and were engaging and kind as we walked through.  They answered all of my children's questions including "what is that? why are you an artist? where did you get your paint from? do you like glitter?" and more! Yay little kid questions! The artists, however, seemed genuinely amused by their interest and excitement, and the next time I have $30,000 lying around, I've picked out all new local art for my house!! Hooray!! We'll have an original painting for every wall!!

We loved both the performance and the Workhouse itself, and highly recommend everyone get over there to check it out!! Just over the Occoquan Bridge, getting to the Workhouse took us 12 minutes from our Lake Ridge home door to door.

The Workhouse Center is a little bit overwhelming when you get there.  When you park, head to the lot on the right.  W-16 Gallery (where the shows take place) is the first building on the left when you are looking at all of the buildings from the parking lot.  (I hope this makes sense!).  The portion they are using as a theater is up the stairs in W-16.  Everyone is quite friendly, though, and happy to point you in the right direction.  On the bottom floor of W-16 there is a small snack bar, a gift shop, and a mixed gallery of featured artists.  We loved the aluminum work and the pastels.

Note: Some moms felt that the staged violence was too much for their children.  I did not share this opinion, however if you feel particularly sensitive to name calling (think "dirty ash bucket") or very obviously staged pretend slapping, this may bother you.

1 comment:

  1. My kids loved the shows! Especially The Road To Forever. They can't stop talking about it! The actors were amazing, they really had me believing every word they said. Great shows! Waiting for the review(: