GEICO kicks off its series of children's plays with 'Skippyjon Jones' on Oct. 25 at Publick Playhouse

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 25, 2013 – Skippyjon Jones is a kitten with big ears and even a bigger imagination.  It's no surprise that he easily imagines himself transformed into the greatest Chihuahua sword fighter ever.  Students in Prince George's County will soon learn more about Skippyjon Jones today, as GEICO kicks off its series of eight children's plays at the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, Md.

The GEICO Gecko will be on hand to greet students at each musical theater performance by national touring companies. The GEICO Philanthropic Foundation supports this cultural enrichment program for children through a grant to the Prince George's County Boys and Girls Club.

In addition to "Skippyjon Jones," the eight-play series includes the following midweek matinees inspired by award-winning books, history and cultural heritage:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, "June B. Jones – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells"
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, "Snow Queen"
  • Friday, Jan. 31, "Dream Carver"*
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, "Songs of Freedom"
  • Friday, March 7, "Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly"
  • Tuesday, April 8, "From the Mixed-Up tiles of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"
  • Tuesday, May 6, "Mexican Legends and Song"*

Nearly 8,000 students from Prince George's County (Title 1-Area 2) schools are expected to attend the midweek matinee series. Visiting schools will also receive study guides for in-class discussions with the students.

The Publick Playhouse is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County. For more information, contact the Publick Playhouse at (301) 277-1710 or visit arts.pgparks.com.

And getting back to Skippyjon, what does he do when his canine friends get terrorized by a huge bee? Does he turn back to being a cat or does he remain a top-fighting Chihuahua? Theater goers will find out later today.

*Indicates bilingual performances and Dream Carver adds an additional family performance on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.