Frequently Asked Questions
Professional Theatre & Performances
Q: It's my first time, what should I wear? What should I expect?
A: You can wear what you would wear to go to the movies (shirt and shoes required). Fancy dress is NOT required. It does tend to run a bit cold in the theatre, so we do recommend dressing warmly in all seasons. Please arrive 30 mins early and purchase/pick up your ticket from the box office.
Q: Is food allowed in the theatre?
A: No, food is not allowed in the theatre, however we have vending machines and a lobby where you can consume a meal or a snack before or after a performance (or during intermission). Bottled water is the only exception that is permitted in the theatre.
Q: How do I know if my child will like a show?
A: Most children love theatre–they are natural performers and likewise enjoy watching live actors on stage. Our shows are sometimes based on books your child may already know or you can read to him or her before attending. Sometimes our shows are original works designed for young audiences. If you are unsure about the show, just call our box office to discuss the material
Q: What if my child gets scared and starts to cry?
A: The Lerner Family Theatre is equipped with a sound proof room where you can take an upset child so that s/he may settle down and still hear the show from speakers inside the room. This way you can continue to watch the show while note disturbing your neighbors
Q: Do you have a enewsletter or mailing list where I can find out what's happening?
A: Yes, please sign up here for our monthly enewsletter.
Q: Where do you find your actors for performances?
A. Most of our actors are professionals working in the DC area. Sometimes we have artists come to work with us from NYC. We find our actors through an extensive audition process in the late winter/early spring of each year. More information about auditions can be found on our Jobs & Auditions page.
Q: What is the difference between The Lerner Theatre and The Reeve Theatre?
For the most part, the Lerner Theatre houses performances produced by Imagination Stage designed for children 5 years and older. The Reeve Theatre typically houses our professional theatre productions for ages 1-5 year (early childhood).
Classes and Camps
Q: Who should I ask if I have a question about what class my child should take?
A: At Imagination Stage, we have education liaisons for every age range. Liaisons are dedicated teaching artists ready to help parents and caregivers find the best class and course of study for each child. Contact information for liaisons can be found here.
Q: Do you have scholarships or split-pay options?
Q: What happens on my first day of class?
A: On the first day of your class, parents and students should plan to arrive a few minutes early. A brief orientation will be held during the first five minutes of class to allow you to meet the instructor and see the classroom. Since our classes are very active, we recommend wearing sweats, yoga pants, shorts, tee-shirts, or other comfortable clothes. Sneakers or other athletic shoes are recommended footwear; appropriate dance shoes are recommended for dance classes.
Q: Can my child try the class to see if they like it?
Q: Where is your building located?
A: 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD (just south of the NIH Campus)
Q: Where can I park?
A: We are attached to a public parking garage. There is free parking in the garage on the weekends and metered street parking Monday through Saturday. On Sunday street parking is free as well.
Q: How can I get there driving/public transit/etc?
A: We are an easy walk or Bethesda Trolley ride from the Bethesda Metro (red line). Imagination Stage is easy to reach, tucked between Old Georgetown Rd. and Wisconsin Ave.
Q: Do you have other locations?
A: Currently there is only one Imagination Stage, however, we do run our summer camps at additional locations (Charles E Smith Jewish Day School and American University). We also offer residencies that can be tailored to your school. More information can be found here.