Center for the Arts Begins Year Tomorrow with Sing Down the Moon

Posted: January 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sing Down the Moon by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox is a magical, musical retelling of traditional Appalachian “wonder tales.” These tales, drawn from a decidedly American culture, with distinctly European pedigrees, are cultivated from seeds spread by settlers from Scotland, Ireland, France, and Germany, as they made their way through the Cumberland Gap. As the “old dime” Appalachian dance music–provided by a live quartet of bass, fiddle, guitar and banjo, and piano–cascades forward the Cinderellas, ugly giants, enchanted princesses, and “Jack,” the hapless hero and adventurer, as they wind their way through a series of delightful stories the whole family will enjoy.

A presentation of the Great Performances at Mason series, Sing Down the Moon is performed at the Concert Hall tomorrow at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 and 7 p.m. Family-centered preperformance activities, free to ticketholders, include face painting, creating paper masks, a movement workshop, and “adapt-a-story” fun for children. Adults are invited to attend the preperformance discussion with the shows’ creative and directorial team of Surface and Maddox on the Grand Tier. Activities are scheduled to begin one hour prior to each curtain.

Sing Down the Moon contains six stories rooted in, and inspired by, the rich culture of the Southern Mountains. There are three “Jack” tales–Jack and the Wonder Bean, Jack’s First Job, and Jack of Hearts and King Marok. Other stories include Catskins, The Enchanted Tree, and a sung version of The Three Little Pigs.

Tickets for Sing Down the Moon are $25. Children 12 and under are admitted for half price. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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