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.
The 2017 Imagination Stage Student Performance Season
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, JR
Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble
Music By Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Directed by Jamie Coull
Music Directed by Terry Bouma
Choreography by Amelia Nickles
January 13-14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
January 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
We first meet Belle in a picturesque French village as she cares for her eccentric father Maurice and avoids the ruthless advances of vain and egocentric Gaston. Belle is different from the other girls in her village; she loves to read and dreams of a life filled with adventure and excitement. When Maurice goes missing in the forest, Belle searches for him and discovers a forgotten castle beyond the trees. She finds her father imprisoned by a horrible Beast and strikes a bargain for his release. As the bargain dictates, Belle must live forever in the castle with the Beast and his servants, who have all been cursed by a vengeful enchantress. Inevitably, as in all fairy tales, there is an out clause, and the servants do all they can to encourage a romance between this beautiful villager and their master, that might break the spell. The production features beloved songs such as 'Gaston', 'Be Our Guest', and the title song "Beauty and the Beast" adapted for the stage with original choreography.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Presented by the Pegasus Ensemble
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Nick Vargas
March 3-4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
March 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
IStage’s Pegasus Ensemble, a teen company of students with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities, takes on William Shakespeare's most popular comedy! Join the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, woodland fairies, and a duke and duchess in a wild and magical night in the forest facing the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland
Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble
Directed by Nikki Kaplan
March 24-25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
March 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is familiar with Alice's antic adventures, and they are all here—but with an arresting difference. From the presumed innocence of the original is drawn a caustic and giddy revelation of the human psyche and the dark, unsettling shadows which can linger there. Alice is an exemplary instance of how a classic can be made 'new,' and one of the extremely rare instances of a book's being turned into a wholly satisfactory theatrical experience. Join us as we embark on a journey to create this exuberant, funny, and strikingly pertinent [non-musical] version of Lewis Carroll's classic.
Presented by the Acting Conservatory (Graduating Class of 2017)
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Matt Bassett
April 28-29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
April 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl names Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva's searching for -- and who she truly is -- becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow day, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.
Presented by IStage Dance Theatre
Choreographed by Sammi Rosenfeld
May 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Improv Night at Imagination Stage
Featuring the IStage Teen Improv Troupe
Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory (Graduating Class of 2017)
Books and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Jenna Duncan
May 19-20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
May 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle's gun-toting ex! Featuring a tuneful Flaherty and Ahrens score, an ensemble cast of zany characters, and small rock combo orchestra, Lucky Stiff is an audience charmer.
Speak Out on Stage’s Original World Premier
Written by Amanda Zeitler
Composed by Andrew Zimmer
Directed by Kirsten Grorud
Conceived by the members of the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
June 2-3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
June 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.