December 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Synetic Family Theater Presents: My Father’s Dragon
December 4, 2018 >> January 6, 2019

“I’d do anything if I could fly!”

Dragons are real and imaginations soar in this wordless Family Theater production directed and choreographed by Company Member Tori Tolentino. Adapted by Company Member Ryan Sellers, “My Father’s Dragon” is based on the book of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

The story follows the adventures of a young child who stows away to Wild Island with a new cat companion in an attempt to rescue a captive baby dragon. There, our hero learns to rely on the power of a creative imagination while discovering their own self worth and the power of friendship.

Join Synetic Theater this Holiday Season for a visually enchanting production sure to please the whole family! Tickets for most performances only $20!

This production is recommended for ages 5+.

In the lobby immediately following all 4pm performances.


We anticipate the elevators in 1800 S. Bell Street to be under construction at some point during the run of “My Father’s Dragon.” Wheel chair access will be available via the Marriott hotel once our usual elevators are shut off. After taking the elevator down from the lobby of the Marriott, take a left and head down the hall to the theater.

Please leave extra time when coming to the show and contact us directly if you have any issues. Refunds and free exchanges will be available free of charge for all affected patrons.



Elmer Elevator: Scott Whalen

Cat: Sharisse Taylor

Ensemble: Justin Bell, Kat Cardenas-Cruz, Nutsa Tediashvili


Artistic Team:

Director: Tori Tolentino

Adaptor: Ryan Sellers

Production Stage Manager: Tess Wagner

Set Designer: Phil Charlwood

Puppet Designer: Matthew McGee

Costume Designer: Sadie Albert

Lighting Designer: Ian Claar

Sound Designer and Resident Composer: Konstantine Lortkipanidze

About the Director:

Tori Tolentino grew up in a small town in rural Virginia where she fell in love with stories. It is in this small town that she learned to occupy herself through the power of imagination and her imagination has been guiding the way ever since.  Years later, Tori is a theater professional in the DMV region and has been for over 8 years. After earning a BFA in theater performance (Magna Cum Laude) with a focus in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University she became a Company Member and Resident Teaching Artist with Synetic Theater. Tori is the Co-Founder and Co Artistic Director/ Choreographer for relEASE Theatre Company. relEASE’s latest work Straight on til MoUrning (Director/Choreographer) won the 2015 Capital Fringe Best Physical Theatre & Dance Performance and in 2014 SELF won the Capital Fringe Director’s Choice Award.

During her time at Synetic Tori has performed, directed, choreographed, adapted, and assistant directed on multiple productions. Tori leads Synetic’s Education Program as the Education and Outreach Manager.  She is also the New Voices Project Manager where she provides artists avenues to hone their skills in various areas of performance and technical theatre. Tori’s credits include: Director/Choreographer/Adaptor credits:  relEASE- straight on til moUrning (Director/Choreographer/Playwright), SELF (Co-Director/Co-Playwright/Co-Choreographer). Synetic Theater- Sleepy Hollow (Assistant Director)The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Co-Adaptor and Choreographer), Titus Andronicus (Creative Assistant), The Trial (Creative Assistant), Hansel and Gretel (Co-Director, Co-Choreographer, Co-Adaptor), Peter Pan (Co-Adaptor), Mark of Cain (Assistant Director/Co-Adapter), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Assistant Director), Sleeping Beauty (Assistant Director), Dante’s Inferno (Assistant Director). Flying-V- It’s the Rest of the World that Seems So Small Workshop (Choreographer).

You can see more of Tori’s upcoming work in Constellation Theatre’s production of The Master and Margarita(Choreographer), Imagination Stage’s Escape from Peligro Island (Choreographer)and Synetic Theater’s Treasure Island(Director)