The Prom

Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE PROM expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.


$10 students and seniors, $15 general admission









Mean Girls

9 to 5



Chicago: Teen Edition



Sweeney Todd

Fall Cabaret


In The Heights

Mamma Mia


Who We Are!

The Free Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3, student-run, tuition-free company for students in 9th-12th grade who are passionate about creating theater. Through our mentorship and advisory program, students are trained to be leaders in the creative and production processes, taking on the positions of Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, and Crew/Designers for our full-scale musical productions. Students are supported by a team of mentors, working professionals in DC/MD/VA theatre, who serve as resources and advisors throughout the year. 

The Free Theatre Non-Discrimination Policy:  The Free Theatre shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, color, background, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical, mental or sensory disability, matriculation, socio-economic status, political or religious opinion, or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices.


Patron Accessiblity

The Free Theatre is 100% committed to creating an accessible experience for all members of the community who want to attend our productions. We recently lowered our ticket prices and are interested in what else would help you to come see us! Please let us know what you need from us to make your attendance possible and comfortable! 


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Summer 2024


Musical Theatre




100% FREE!


Check out our workshops (for students in grades 9-12) in Directing, Choreography, Music Directing, Stage Management, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Props Design, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Improvisation, Dance Styles, MT Vocal Skills, Monologue Techniques, Music Theory, Reading Music and Auditioning Techniques.

And possibly some other leadership intensive surprises!

Our teachers are theatre and music professionals working in the diverse world of theatre in the DMV. They are excited to bring their expertise to The Free Theatre!

Breaking News!

Our summer programming will be sponsored by a generous grant from

The Nora Roberts Foundation!




Click on the “Summer 2024” menu at the top of the page for all the links!

Register NOW




Next up!

We are looking forward to an amazing SEASON #7, starting out with this beautiful and exciting show! 

Concord Theatrical’s website says: “This intriguing and beautiful folk opera delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience. Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of immortal King Hades and Lady Persephone – Hadestown (Teen Edition) invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell’s beguiling sung-through musical pits industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love.”

For more specific information on the differences in the Teen Edition, the cast (expanded!), the orchestration, story, etc., please check out the details at




As an actively antiracist organization, we are condemning, speaking up, and taking action against systemic racist practices and microaggressions in theatre and in the greater community.

* We are committed to diverse, color-conscious casting, and expansive hiring of BIPOC designers, board members and staff.

* We are learning from BIPOC leaders in the community about ways we can effectively usher change into our lives and communities.

* We are amplifying BIPOC voices and those of other marginalized communities.

* We are striving to be leaders in active antiracism, and we welcome and encourage your engagement.





The Free Theatre is funded in part by generous contributions from:

The Nora Roberts Foundation

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County,        Maryland State Arts Council, and                                                    United Healthcare.