Friday, January 29, 2010

Imagination Stage Receives 4 Helen Hayes Award Nominations!




On Monday, January 25 the nominees for the 26th Annual Helen Hayes Awards were announced. For those of you not familiar with the Awards, they are given in recognition of excellence in professional theatre in the Washington DC area (think the Tony Awards in DC).

While this is always an exciting event and many outstanding artists and productions are recognized, this year was just a little more exciting for us here at Imagination Stage. There is a brand new award: Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences. Productions in this category must be geared for children age 12 and under. Out of the five nominations, three of them were Imagination Stage shows!

· Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth (Written and Directed by Psalmayene 24)
· Heidi (Written by Martha King De Silva and Joan Cushing, Directed by Janet Stanford)
· Lyle the Crocodile (Written by Kevin Kling, Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer)

Our three nominations are joined by The Kennedy Center’s production of Barrio Grrrl! and Synetic Theatre’s The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish.

Our fourth nomination was for the awesome Tara Giordano for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical for her portrayal of Heidi!

These nominations are the result of the passion and hard work of a lot of talented and creative people over the past year. We couldn’t be more excited to have this hard work acknowledged.

The winners are announced at a ceremony on April 5. To read a full list of the nominees and to learn more about the great work that the Helen Hayes Awards organization does for the DC community, visit:
www.helenhayes.org

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Monday, February 23, 2009

"Bethesda Business Cares" consortium puts together fabulous event at Imagination Stage for underserved kids!




Nine Bethesda businesses presented a pre-Valentine’s gift to 400 underserved Montgomery County children in the form of a special performance of Imagination Stage’s hit show Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth on Friday evening, February 13 at 6:30 PM. In addition to the show, the nine businesses, calling their partnership “Bethesda Business Cares,” provided bus transportation to and from the theatre, dinner, plus a chance to meet the actors and receive a souvenir of the big night out. On this wonderful evening of high spirits, the business leaders also brought their own employees and family to the performance and served dinner to the attendees.

The participating businesses were: The Jane Fairweather Team; The Gazette; Gifford’s Ice Cream & Candy Co.; Hair Cuttery; The Hollingsworth Group; Honest Tea; Lerch Early & Brewer Chartered; Maggiano’s Little Italy and Monument Bank. The children who attended came from Montgomery Department of Recreation (five different sites), the Silver Spring Boys and Girls Club, the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, The Children’s Inn at NIH and the National Center for Children and Families . One child was overheard telling a friend the show was “Zomotastic!”

Cliff Chiet, Publisher of The Gazette, Montgomery County and The Gazette of Politics & Business, said that “The Gazette decided to get involved with the Bethesda Business Cares event because The Gazette really does care about our local community and supports the positive impact that the arts can make in the life of a child. Zomo the Rabbit was the perfect story about the importance of “doing the right thing” and the value of “friendship.” Imagination Stage is a jewel in the crown of Montgomery County. One of the most important values of any community is the relationship that businesses have with helping to enhance the “culture” of the community where their employees reside.”

Jane Fairweather, one of the organizers, says that “Imagination Stage is a special gift to the Bethesda community that we want to be able to share with children everywhere.” Phil Andrews, Montgomery County Council President joined in the evening’s festivities—and was so impressed by what he saw, that he returned the next day with his family to catch a performance!

Bonnie Fogel, Imagination Stage’s Founder and Executive Director, was delighted by the partnership. “These generous business people have come together to give the gift of theatre to children who might not otherwise have the chance to experience live theatre. They are a shining example of people creatively collaborating to make a big difference in the lives of children.”

Concluded Chiet: “it sends a powerful message to the community when local businesses show they care and continue to invest in their own backyard despite an economic downturn. When the economy is strong, most businesses thrive and some take it for granted. However, when times get tough, it humbles us to appreciate what we have and causes many to look inside themselves and re-evaluate the significance of their own existence and the impact that they are making in the world around them. It is extremely rewarding to be able to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and to create new experiences for underserved communities.”


The good cheer at Imagination Stage on February 13 was palpable, and it's hard to say who had more fun, the children or the sponsors!

--Laurie Levy-Page

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Zomo Promo

Greetings, Imagination Stage blog community! With the run of Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth in full swing, I'm hoping most of you have had a chance to view our preview/promotion video. If not, here's your chance!

As a part of the promotional video production team, it has been an absolute joy and honor to speak with such special, talented actors/directors/choreographers/stars! Creating this promotional video was no different.

Unlike past promotional videos, however, we were able to capture a number of different scenes live on stage - the energy from the cast, crew, and most importantly, the audience, gave me goosebumps...even from behind the camera!

Don't miss out on this special Winter World Premiere - there are just a couple weeks left!

Happy February,

Andrew Gordon
Marketing Associate

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