Aimed at young audiences, but appropriate for children of all ages, The Snow Queen is a magical first for Imagination Stage – the theatre’s first foray into online production. Billed as an “at-home theatre experience,” The Snow Queen offers a rich and engaging tale, told by four energetic actors, who breathe life into this Han […]
Review: Thumbelina at Imagination Stage. Puppetry and design bring the tiny story to life
To children, the world is often a large and overbearing place. Think of how difficult it would be if each chair you sat in was three feet tall, the table even higher, and the doorknob impossibly out of reach. Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story of Thumbelina is not just a fairy tale, but a treatise […]
Review: Zomo the Rabbit at Imagination Stage
As my toddler stuffed fistfuls of frosting in her mouth, I couldn’t help think of Zomo the Rabbit, the deliciously fun Theater for Young Audiences play that we saw earlier. Not just because she was living up to her nickname The Shark as the red buttercream stained the lower half of her face a blood […]
Review: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at Imagination Stage
To leap, bound, and twirl through Narnia is to enjoy the storied fantasy world anew, watching the Pevensie children learn the value of sacrifice, friendship, family, love, and, of course, the triumph, of good over evil through dance. Imagination Stage has turned C.S. Lewis’ 1950 beloved children’s novel—The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe—into a […]
Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Imagination Stage
You may not recognize the name Eric Carle, but you’ll probably recognize his distinctive collage art. He hand paints sheet after sheet of tissue paper with bold acrylics. He cuts them in simple shapes and carefully layers them to form, most famously, a Very Hungry Caterpillar on the cover of one of the best-selling children’s […]
Free Community Days at DC area theatres start this Saturday. DC shifts into party mode
With 32 shows rehearsing for September openings, the 2019-2020 season is about to start in earnest and there are some awesome free celebrations going on. Round House Theatre Bethesda, MD August 24 11:30am – 6pm More details With the completion of its massive makeover, Round House Theatre, out of house for much of last year, […]
Review: The Ballad of Mu Lan at Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage tells the tale of China’s legendary warrior, Mu Lan, (Hua Mulan,) with humor and energy and introduces audiences to a delightful version of the performance style known as Peking opera. Touring productions of the China National Peking Opera Company have introduced the world to Peking opera’s beautiful music, glorious costumes and a formal, […]
Review: Escape from Peligro Island, super fun regardless of which adventure you choose
Economy or first class? Glasses or inhaler? Go right or go left? Rather, stay or go at all? I say go—go fast to Escape from Peligro Island: YOU Create Your Own Adventure, a delightfully funny, fully satisfying choose your own adventure production now at Imagination Stage. [adsanity_rotating align=”aligncenter” time=”10″ group_id=”1455″ /] Callaway Brown (Dallas Tolentino) is […]
Review: Dickens’s Davy Copperfield at Imagination Stage
Dickens’s Davy Copperfield is the musical retelling of the classic tale that covers and crystalizes the first ten years in the hardscrabbe life of young “Davy”. When Charles Dickens wrote it, David Copperfield was released monthly, and became a popular newspaper column. In Janet Stanford’s script, each chapter is announced with a subtitle that hints about […]
Review: Anatole: Mouse Magnifique, ageless fun at Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage has put together a tasty spread of charming adventures in their musical production of Anatole: Mouse Magnifique. The show has a smorgasbord of delights that consider not only what would be entertaining for the kids in the audience, but also what would satisfy the adults accompanying them. Anatole is based on the children’s […]
Review: Cinderella, fresh and funny at Imagination Stage
Cinderella swordfighting! What a wonderful expression of empowerment for little girls (and little boys). In this updated and very funny version of Cinderella, Imagination Stage takes us to a musical fairytale land, with a heroine (the extraordinarily gifted Awa Sal Secka) who takes matters into her own hands instead of waiting to be rescued.
Imagination Stage’s season features a fairy tale musical and plenty of adventure
Cheese, wicked stepmothers, wicked stepfathers, national emergency and whatever your imagination can come up with — Imagination Stage will this season be probing all the themes which fascinate the childish imagination.
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