Imagination Stage

Check out this amazing upcoming season at Imagination Stage!

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When She Had Wings
September 23-November 1, 2015
By Suzan Zeder; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Best for ages 5+

A world premiere play as a part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival in DC.
A nine-year-old girl named B fantasizes about flying in a makeshift cockpit she has built in a tree. The morning after a storm, B awakes to find A, a peculiar, elderly woman who “squawks” rather than talks, sharing her airplane. B believes that A is actually her heroine Amelia Earhart, who was never seen again after taking off across the Pacific Ocean. In exchange for B helping A finish her famous last flight, A promises B that she can and will fly! This story about using your imagination and making the impossible possible combines live sound and puppetry to create striking images and theatrical magic.

A Year with Frog and Toad
November 24, 2015-January 10, 2016
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel; Book and lyrics by Willie Reale; Music by Robert Reale; Directed by Colin Hovde
Best for ages 4+

The hit Broadway and Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the acclaimed children’s books, Frog and Toad, is a holiday classic! Two best friends with completely opposite personalities wake up from hibernation, and enjoy hilarious and heartwarming adventures through the seasons. When Frog learns that Toad doesn’t receive mail, he quickly writes him a letter and asks the Snail to deliver it. Several uproarious Vaudeville vignettes ensue in which the friends go swimming, fly a kite, bake cookies, tell scary stories, and go sledding down a steep hill. Will the Snail successfully complete his journey to deliver the letter and a smile to Toad?

Jack and Phil, Giant-Slayers, INC.
February 3-March 13, 2016
By Charles Way; Directed by Janet Stanford
Best for ages 5+

In this contemporary, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Jack is a sporty, popular kid whose mother is facing foreclosure on their house. Jack enlists Phil, his smart yet nerdy neighbor, to accompany him to a pawnbroker to trade in his Grandfather’s gold watch for quick cash. Instead, the boys are paid in magic beans, and soon enough, a beanstalk grows tall with golden eggs, a harp, and a Giant’s home waiting at the top! After discovering the treasures, Jack becomes an overnight TV sensation, but his failure to acknowledge Phil’s help threatens the boys’ friendship, and very nearly leads to disaster when the Giant decides to come down from the beanstalk.

Looking for Roberto Clemente
April 13-May 22, 2016
By Karen Zacarias; Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma; Directed by Janet Stanford
Best for ages 5+

Sam and Charlie are best friends and baseball fanatics in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year 1972. Puerto Rican superstar Roberto Clemente is the hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates, having led the team to victory after years of losing. When a mysterious fly ball transforms Sam into a Little League Superstar pitcher, he is invited onto the most prestigious Little League team in town, while Charlie is rejected for being a girl. Charlie forms her own team with the less athletic kids and her new friend Tommy, a boy with a disability. Sam and Charlie ultimately discover what it truly means to be a “hero” when their final game coincides with Clemente’s fateful decision to deliver supplies to hurricane victims in Nicaragua.

The Little Mermaid
June 22-August 14, 2016
Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen; By Janet Stanford; Music by Matthew Pierce; Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer; Choreography by Septime Webre and David Palmer
Best for ages 5+

In this faithful re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen original, the Little Mermaid falls in love with a human Prince, and longs to join him in his world above the waves. Despite the warnings of her Mer-family, the Little Mermaid seeks out the Enchantress who trades her pair of legs for the mermaid’s beautiful singing voice. A follow-up to the highly acclaimed The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe (2012), this collaboration between Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet features dance, puppets, music, and singing in a highly theatrical and epic style of performance.