Category Archives: Early Childhood

We had the chance to sit down with Stacy Steyaert, our Early Childhood Program Coordinator, to learn more about the Theatre for the Very Young programming, My First Imagination Stage, here at Imagination Stage. She spoke with us about the …

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“The moon is made of cheese!” Nellie and Amelia proclaim. Mouse on the Move follows the adventure of two mice journey to reach the mecca of Muenster, the capital of Colby, the heart of Havarti, the moon. I had the …

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By Nick Vargas. After a year on hiatus, Aquarium is swimming into the lives of Imagination Stage’s youngest patrons.

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By Rebecca Landau-Millin, Psy.D. Why is Creative Play so Important for Children? Playfulness and creativity is fundamental to human development throughout the life cycle. From toddler-hood through well into elementary school, creative play is an essential and necessary ingredient for …

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By Bonnie Fogel, Founder and Executive Director Our 2012-2013 season represented our 34th year in business and our 10th year on Auburn Avenue. This is a list of memorable moments from the season. Thank you for all your support! Created …

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When my kids receive a gift, the item they play with the most is the large box it came in. Children’s imaginations don’t need fancy or expensive supplies. Take a look around your home and you can find craft supplies right inside (and outside) your recycling bin.

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Natasha Holmes is the cofounder and artistic director of Tell Tale Hearts, a children’s touring theatre company in the United Kingdom. Natasha is raising the profile of theatre for the very young, which is why Imagination Stage brought her over …

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I am extremely fortunate to have –and grateful for—the experience to help create, and perform in, some of our My first Imagination Stage productions (specifically for ages 1-5). When I was asked to write a blog about my experience as Amelia Mouse in Mouse on the Move, the first thing that came to mind was the wonderful, and often funny things, I hear from our youngest patrons on a day-to-day basis. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite early childhood theatre stories.

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I’d like to share a common theme in my conversations with Imagination Stage families, a theme which I relate to personally. I hear frequently from parents that being in an acting or dance class has had a positive impact on their child. Many parents talk of how it has brought their child out of his/her shell, helped develop empathy, provided more confidence, or even—as one parent shared—given her and her teenage daughter a common interest to talk about. When I hear these comments and watch our students grow their theatre skills, I remember how theatre has also changed my life.

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The recent domestic rise in interest to produce Theatre for the Very Young has issued a new challenge to corresponding arts education departments to offer programming for their new audience. Several theatres have accepted this challenge by integrating “kinderdrama,” widely defined as a class that a guardian and a young child take together as a pair, into their educational programming. Across the country, this expansion of programming is challenging teaching artists to adapt to a space where education and family collide.

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