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Parks Playhouse Junior: PREPOSTEROUS! with Happenstance Theater

Parks Playhouse Junior event graphic. There is a red curtain pulled back to reveal text: Parks Playhouse Junior.

Calling All Little Musicians and Performers

On Monday, July 29 at Cabin John Regional Park (7400 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817) join Montgomery Parks from 10 to 11 am for a Parks Playhouse Junior event. Live music to be performed by traveling company Happenstance Theater!

Make sure to prepare for each event by bringing your sunny day gear and blankets or lawn chairs for viewing. Make it a mid-morning picnic by bringing along your favorite snacks and treats to munch on while you enjoy the show. This performance is geared towards kids ages three through ten.

Parks Playhouse Junior performances will be rolling throughout the summer on both weekday and weekend mornings from 10 to 11 am. Check the Parks Playhouse Junior event page to see the full lineup.

About the Showpreposterous cast members posing in front of their set pieces in costume (4 members leaping in the air and one member lying on his side on the ground underneath them)

The PREPOSTEROUS! show is a family-friendly, pocket-sized clown circus in which charming vintage clowns play circus animals, sing as a human calliope, do the classic circus mirror routine with a twist, invent a number of ridiculous “entrées”, perform live music, and execute a very satisfying slow motion number involving a pie!

PREPOSTEROUS! premiered in the summer of 2017 at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s 50th Anniversary featuring CIRCUS ARTS and it has been performed at The National Theater as part of their Saturday Morning family series. The show is a pared-down version of the award-winning production IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus about which the Washington Post said “Happenstance Theater specializes in the skills – physical theater, clowning, mime – all served here with winking whimsy.” Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • This event is free.

Parking and Transportation

  • Parking is available on-site.
  • Public Transportation: Bus # 37 to Tuckerman Ln & 7400 (Stop ID 26444). 


  • On-site restrooms will be available at this event.


  • This event is generally accessible according to the 2010 ADA Standards and Guidelines. If you or a member of your party would like to request additional accommodations, please get in touch with our Program Access team at programaccess@montgomeryparks.org or (301) 495-2581.


  • Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets for seating at all Parks Playhouse Junior events. Please do not bring hammocks, portable pavilion tents, or pop-up tents.

What to bring

  • In addition to bringing your own seating, attendees are encouraged to prepare for the summer heat by wearing sunscreen, bringing a hat or head covering, and bringing their own water.


  • Pets are allowed at all Parks Playhouse Junior performances. Pets must remain on a leash and in their owner’s control while on park property.

Additional Questions

  • For any additional questions, please contact Parks Customer Service at info@montgomeryparks.org or (301) 495-2595.