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The Day You Begin at Kennedy Center

It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet… but somehow you do it.

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 Times bestseller illustrated by Rafael López. Adapted by Woodson with music and lyrics by Toshi Reagon, direction by Charlotte Brathwaite, and puppetry design and direction by Emma Wiseman, The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to make new friends, hear new stories, and see your own magic in the world.

This production is suitable for all ages—children, teens, and adults alike—but best suited for ages 7–12. However, you know your kids best! Trust your discretion when attending Kennedy Center shows.

Show runs from November 19 through December 18, 2022. Following the performance on Saturday, November 19 at 1:30 pm, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories from the show’s artists and creative team.

Saturday, December 10 at 11 am is a sensory-friendly performance.

Purchase tickets here.

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

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