During the academic year, students in our Conservatories and Ensembles programs perform full-scale musicals – either in our intimate, 150-seat Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre or the larger Lerner Family Theatre stage! These programs require an intensive commitment spanning one semester to two years and require an audition. Click here for more information on our Conservatories & Ensembles.
The 2016 Imagination Stage Student Performance Season
Presented by the Fall IStage Performance Ensemble
Book by John August | Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Music Direction by Dustin Merrell | Choreography by Sara Hererra
Directed by Robert Bowen Smith
January 8-9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
January 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him–most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will is about to have a child of his own and is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre–for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
Footloose: The Musical
Presented by the Winter IStage Performance Ensemble
Music by Tom Snow | Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Logins, and Jim Steinman
Directed by Nikki Kaplan
March 11-12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
March 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
William Golding's The Lord of the Flies
Presented by the Acting Conservatory (Graduating class of 2016)
Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Directed by Randy Baker
April 29-30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
May 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
A plane crashes on a deserted island. The only survivors are a group of school boys. They live in a land of bright exotic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are inhabited by a terrifying beast. Before long this well behaved group has turned into a bloodthirsty and murderous tribe. Don’t miss this adaptation…with a casting twist!
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory (Graduating class of 2016)
Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
Book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional dialogue by Michael Mayer | Additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Walter Ware III
May 20-21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
May 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
An average day in the life of Charlie Brown; a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of the much beloved Peanuts characters, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy.
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Presented by the IStage Dance Theatre
Choreography by Sammy Rosenfeld and the IStage Dance Theatre
May 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Speak Out on Stage's Original World Premiere [Title Coming Soon!]
Conceived by the members of the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
Written by Amanda Zeitler
Composed by Deborah Jacobson
Directed by LeeAnet Noble
June 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
June 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
June 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.