During the academic year, students in our Conservatory and Ensemble programs perform full-scale musicals – either in our intimate, 142-seat Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre or the larger Lerner Family Theatre. These programs require an intensive commitment spanning one semester to two years and require an audition. Below are examples of last year’s performances. Learn more about this year’s shows and upcoming auditions for the Conservatory and Ensemble Programs.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE SEASON
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, JR
January 13-15, 2017
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
Choreographed by America Nickles
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.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
March 3-5, 2017
Presented by the Pegasus Ensemble
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Nick Vargas
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
March 24-26, 2017
Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble
Directed by Nikki Kaplan
Everyone knows Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, but are you ready for an altogether curiouser version? Because this time, nothing will be what it is because everything will be what it isn’t! 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. The teen performers of the IStage Performance Ensemble embark on a journey to create this exuberant, funny, and strikingly pertinent [non-musical] version of Lewis Carroll’s classic, using the Manhattan Project’s roots in physical theatre and also adding Modern Dance and an Ensemble Theatre style to shake up the world we thought we knew…
April 28-30, 2017
Presented by the Acting Conservatory
(Graduating Class of 2017)
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Matt Bassett
When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 14 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.
After Silence: The Story of Being Hushed
May 4, 2017
Presented by IStage Dance Theatre
Choreographed by Sammi Rosenfeld
After Silence: The Story of Being Hushed is the culmination of collaborative works created by choreographer Sammi Rosenfeld and IStage Dance Theatre students. The modern dance performance is an exploration of personal, systemic, and environmental barriers close to the hearts of the students. Current events inspired the students to make pieces about mental health obstacles, gender inequality in high school, the devastation that follows hurricanes, and more. The student pieces not only illustrate and abstract these boundaries but present the inner strength and hope required to move past these personal and societal obstacles. The show is a presentation of student choreography as well as an original work by Rosenfeld. Please note: This performance is a non-ticketed event.
Improv Night at Imagination Stage
May 7, 2017
Featuring the IStage Improv Troupe
Join us for a night of laughs as our Teen Improv Troupe joins a troupe from the Washington Improv Theater! Each team performs a set in the long form Harold style, using one word from the audience as a jumping off point to create 15 minutes of scenes and characters, all without any kind of script. The night ends with all teams combining for a “Jam” seeing what happens when teens and adults improvise together! The Teen Improv Troupe is an audition-based program for students in grades 9-12 to explore advanced character creation and improvised storytelling while honing rapier-like wit. Please note: This performance is a non-ticketed event.
May 19-21, 2017
Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory (Graduating Class of 2017)
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Jenna Duncan
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.
June 2-4, 2017
Conceived by the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
Written by Amanda Zeitler
Directed by Kirsten Grorud
Music and Lyrics Composed and Directed by Andrew Scott Zimmer
In a distant land that is very different and yet markedly similar to ours, every child is given a Label when they turn 11 years old. This Label determines their personality and the way each child is treated for the rest of their life. Many are displeased by this unjust system, and so one day a group of rebels escape the confines of the Kingdom and set out on a dangerous journey to find a magic spell that will allow them to abolish all Labels. They must battle bandits, dragons, and harsh weather elements if they have any hope of success.