2022-2023 Performances for Young Audiences at The Kennedy Center
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
The Day you Begin
This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s most popular picture books, a #1 New York Timesbestseller illustrated by Rafael López and featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. Adapted by Woodson with music by Toshi Reagon and direction by Charlotte Brathwaite, The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to connect, even when you feel afraid.
This Is the Rope
This world premiere NSO Family Concert will feature Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson reading This Is the Rope onstage with a new score by Quinn Mason played by the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring projected illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award-winner James Ransome.
Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson will narrate her unforgettable book Each Kindness onstage for its world premiere as a small ensemble performance with musicians and other special guests. Featuring projections of E.B. Lewis’s striking artwork, this story’s powerful anti-bullying message will resonate with audiences long after they've left the theater.