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
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.
This production depicts an average day for Charlie Brown and his friends, made up of little moments from his life and the lives of other beloved Peanuts characters. From Valentine’s Day to a baseball game, Charlie Brown and company embark on every-day adventures together, experiencing everything from wild optimism to utter despair. These moments are concentrated into a single day, inviting audiences to join Charlie and his friends on their journey to discover what truly makes them happy. TICKETS>>
Presented by the IStage Dance Theatre
Choreography by Sammy Rosenfeld and the IStage Dance Theatre
May 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Conceived by the members of the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
Written by Amanda Zeitler
Composed by Deborah Jacobson
Directed by LeeAnet Noble
June 3-4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
June 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
What do telepathic twins, a film crew, a time traveling space princess, ghosts, a robot dog (or is it a cat?) and seemingly normal groups of siblings all have in common? They're not really sure either, but when a time traveling ship from the year 4207 crash lands in the present, they all somehow end up in the same hotel. But they must beware! Space Princess Skylar is on a mission to take over the world and she won't let anyone stand in her way! Kids from the past, present and future must learn to listen to each other and work together if they have any chance of stopping her. TICKETS>>
Previously this Season
Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa | Music Direction by Dustin Merrell
Choreographed by Sara Herrera-Kopetchny
Directed by Robert Bown Smith
January 8-9 at 7:30 p.m.
January 10 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, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Big Fish is an extraordinary story that is theatrical and magical and BIGGER than life itself!
Footloose: the Musical
Presented by Imagination Stage Performance Ensemble
Music by Tom Snow and 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 6:00 p.m.
This musical brings the famous ‘80s classic to life onstage, complete with the songs from the iconic film soundtrack! A rebellious teenager moves to a small middle-American town where dance is forbidden, and encourages his classmates to defy the local pastor and call for a rock'n'roll prom. Performed completely by high school-aged actors, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Improv Night at Imagination Stage
Presented by Washington Improv Theater, American University's Mission Improv-able, and Imagination Stage's Home Improv-ment
April 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Recommended for Ages 12+
Imagination Stage's own Teen Improv Troupe ("Home Improvment") takes the stage to perform alongside American University's "Mission Improv-able" and Washington Improv Theater's "Madeline" teams! Join us to see what side-splitting scenes and wacky situations these highly-skilled comedians can create on the spot.
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.
This production re-imagines William Golding’s Nobel prize-winning tale with a cast of mostly teen girls, proving that they are no less savage than the original tale’s island of boys. A cautionary tale about society’s darker instincts, this production also explores the loneliness, joy, and savagery of what it means to be thirteen. Both vital and relevant, this is a story that belongs to all of us, especially teens in 2016. TICKETS>>