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.
Our advanced dance theatre programs also offer exciting performance opportunities! Each Spring, the IStage Dance Theatre presents their work in a showcase performance, which includes choreography by our professional teaching artists and by students in the ensemble. This year, the Dance Theatre will present Resonance, a modern dance performance piece, on April 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Please see below for performance details and to RSVP! Click here for more information on our dance Ensembles.
The 2015 Imagination Stage Student Performance Season
The Addams Family
A New Musical
Presented by the Fall IStage Performance Ensemble
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
January 9-10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
January 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
The Addams Family features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from…Ohio! Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner to meet the parents – where “normal” and kooky collide in this hilarious new musical!
The Light from Inside
Presented by the Pegasus Ensemble
Original script adaptation by Rachel Dempsey
Additional Adaptations by Director Diane Nutting and Assistant Director Maria O'Connor
February 27-28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Raven is a trickster and Eagle is a hero, but who will succeed in getting the Light from the house of the Sky Chief and bringing it to the People of Darkness? Based on a traditional tale from the Pacific Northwest, The Light from Inside shows how each one of us can find the power of the Light within.
Into the Woods
Presented by the Spring IStage Performance Ensemble
Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jay D. Brock
Music Direction by Dustin Merrell
Choreography by Shawna Walker
March 6-7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
March 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic (also coming soon to the silver screen!). The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
She Kills Monsters
Presented by the Acting Conservatory (Graduating class of 2015)
By Qui Nguyen
April 24-25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
April 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90’s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. TICKETS>>
Urinetown, The Musical
Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory (Graduating class of 2015)
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
May 15-16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
May 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms. TICKETS>>
Presented by the IStage Dance Theatre
Choreography by Hayley Cutler and the IStage Dance Theatre
April 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Resonance is the culmination of eight months of collaborative work between choreographer Hayley Cutler (Artistic Director of darlingdance company in Washington, DC) and the dancers of the IStage Dance Theatre ensemble at Imagination Stage. Resonance explores a wide range of themes related to the female experience and showcases both the technical and creative talents of its performers. Through movement, text, and music, the dancers explore strength, gender equality, personal obstacles, and creative insight. Admmission is free-of-charge, but an RSVP is required. RSVP>>
Written by Jack Novak
Original Music by Alex Abdoulaev
Conceived by the members of the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
May 29-30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
May 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The sixth graders at South Haven Middle School are surrounded by fandom—works of fiction that command the attention of millions of fans. A goofy sci-fi TV show, an epic dystopian fantasy series, and a dark romantic novel are the most popular obsessions, and each has its own group of dedicated devotees. But not everyone subscribes to the fandom craze. Can they draw the line between casual and crazy, excited and exclusive, friend and fanatic?