Welcome, Friends!

Imagination Stage's 2021-2022 Season

A Note from Producing Artistic Director Janet Stanford:

While we gathered virtually with quite a few of you over the past year for Snow Queen, S.P.I.E.S. (formerly titled Spy Academy), and many education programs, we dearly missed seeing you (well, especially your children!) at 4908 Auburn Avenue. So it is an extraordinary pleasure to welcome you back to performances at Imagination Stage!

We’ve planned for a safe and successful return that began in June with summer camps and culminates with the start of the in-person 2021–2022 professional theatre season in December.


We hope you are as excited as we are to have your children experience entertainment beyond the screen. Whether they are aged one or eleven or anywhere in between, they can see beautifully produced, meaningful, and fun shows, created by a group of extremely talented and diverse artists.  


When you are ready, we invite you to grab the grandparents, find your friends, and make new memories — safely, together — at Imagination Stage.



Bear Cub Pack
Best for Ages 3-5



Mr. Popper’s Penguins


Mother Goose


Discount Package Price: $46 (Regular price: $80)

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Penguin Pack
Best for Ages 5-8




Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Discount Package Price: just $42 (Regular Price: $84)


Optional add-on: S.P.I.E.S & The Lost Treasure of Atlantis
Discount price: $20 per household (Regular price is $28)

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Cool Cats Pack
Best for Ages 7-11



S.P.I.E.S. & The Lost Treasure of Atlantis


Discount Package Price: just $14 per person for P.Nokio, plus $20 per household for S.P.I.E.S. (Regular price: $28 per ticket)

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Not ready to choose your plays, but want to lock in a great price?
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7 tickets for $140, to be used for any shows in the 2021-2022 season.

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2021-2022 season productions

December 11, 2021 – January 23, 2022


Based on the “Corduroy” and “A Pocket for Corduroy” books by Don Freeman

Licensed by CBS Consumer Products

Adapted for the Stage by Barry Kornhauser

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

Best for Ages 3-9


We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can convince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store has closed, he goes on a hilariously destructive search–with the Night Watchman in comical pursuit. Full of mischief and clowning, this story of unconditional love captures both the humanity and the merriment of the holiday season.

ASL-Interpreted performance: January 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Sensory-Friendly performance: January 16 at 11:00 a.m.

P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical
February 23 – April 10, 2022


Book and Lyrics by Psalmayene 24

Music by Nick “tha 1da” Hernandez

Directed by Tony Thomas

Best for Ages 5-11

G.Petto is an ingenious computer games designer who one day discovers that his newest game character, P.Nokio, can live outside the computer! G.Petto is thrilled at the prospect of having a “son,” and with the help of the Graffiti Fairy, he teaches P.Nokio how to become a real boy. But, P.Nokio falls in with con artists and finds himself in a web of lies that endangers his father. To save G.Petto, P.Nokio must wise up, keep it real, and learn that words and truth are the mightiest weapons of all. A completely contemporary, high-energy musical update of Pinocchio by the creator of Imagination Stage’s hit Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth.

ASL-Interpreted performance: March 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Sensory-Friendly performance: April 3 at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
June 22 – August 7, 2022


Book by Robert Kauzlaric

Music and Lyrics by George Howe

Based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater

Directed by Nathanial P. Claridad


Best for Ages 3-10
Mr. Popper, a painter of modest means, dreams of taking an Antarctic adventure. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box left on his doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon…the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! To feed all of these mouths, the imaginative Mr. Popper and his wife turn his talented penguins into a must-see traveling vaudeville act full of song and dance. But the rigors of performing take a toll on them all, and they must make a difficult decision. This musical play, featuring expert puppetry, depicts a wild and witty way to follow your dreams–and your convictions.


ASL-Interpreted performance: July 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Sensory-Friendly performance: July 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Theatre for the Very Young

January 15 – February 20, 2022


By Barry Kornhauser

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Best for Ages 5-11


A beautiful, movement-based show that revisits the classic film The Red Balloon. Nothing can go right for the character of the old man, whose days are gray and dreary–until he is visited by a friendly red balloon. In the playful physical style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the old man–an adult version of the boy in the film–regains his youthful spirit, with the help of the red balloon!


Produced by special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences

Mother Goose
March 11 – April 10, 2022


Devised by Kathryn Chase Bryer and Janet Stanford with Imagination Stage artists

Music by Debbie Jacobsen

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

Best for Ages 1-5


A brand new, music-filled piece by the creators of Wake Up, Brother Bear and Mouse on the Move! Mother Goose leads the audience through some of her most beloved nursery rhymes, using puppets and props to bring to life Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, the Eensy Weensy Spider, and more. The magical Mother Goose invites your little ones to join in with each rhyme’s story – teaching them that the very best way to do what needs to be done is to do it together.


ASL-Interpreted Performance: March 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Plus the Online, immersive hit!

S.P.I.E.S. & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis
November 13 – 28, 2021


Conceived and Co-directed by Strother Gaines

Written by Doug Robinson

Produced and Co-directed by Jeffrey Eagle


Best for Ages 5+


New name, same fantastic show that DC Metro Theatre Arts called “a fantastically entertaining conglomerate of action, adventure, suspense, and pure silliness perfect for ages 5 and up. Imagination Stage’s hit immersive online show is full of action, interactive puzzles, and memorable characters. Help Spy Team 7 recover the stolen Heart of the Dragon from the evil Dr. Levinious! Great for groups, and available for private performances.


Formerly titled Spy Academy & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis

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