Children’s Fest Digital Supply List

Throw on your best garden party attire and join us for this larger than life event on June 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to RSVP for access to the event premiere link on our Facebook page or our website. And don’t forget to enter the Mystery Raffle! Click Here to Join the Fun! Become a 40th Anniversary Sponsor and receive your very own Children’s Festival Activity Box here. *Included in the Children’s Festival Activity Box. Share your captured moments with #IStageFest20. Here is a digital list of supplies you’ll need to follow along with our Children’s Festival activities: Pre-event […]

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Children’s Festival – Larger than Life – Mystery Raffle

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! Win one (1) of our exciting Mystery Boxes! The boxes contain mystery items from generous local businesses in the DMV area! MYSTERY BOX RAFFLE TICKET 1 Ticket for $20 or 3 Tickets for $50 Family Basket includes donations from:     Family Basket Fair Market Value Total: $430   Parent Basket includes donations from:             Parent Basket Fair Market Value Total: $796 Thank you for taking part in our Mystery Raffle and helping Imagination Stage empower ALL young people to discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theatre.

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Talking to Your Children About Racism

Black Lives Matter. Parents and educators, including those in the Imagination Stage community, can play a role in dismantling systemic racism by teaching about it. This past week, we have been sharing a variety of resources for families on our social media pages regarding how to talk to children about race and racism. Here, we have compiled them in one place for you to read, learn, and pass on. Keep an eye out on our social media for more in the coming days – the struggle for racial equality and social justice is far from over.   It must be […]

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Summer Camp Update – May 28

Dear Imagination Stage Families, The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and artists are always of paramount importance to Imagination Stage. In line with recent recommendations from the CDC and state of Maryland regarding COVID-19, we will no longer be able to hold any of our summer camps scheduled to start in June and July. If you are signed up for additional camps throughout the summer, we are awaiting CDC guidance and will be making decisions about cancellations week by week. You can read more about when camp decisions will be made here. It is our sincere hope to […]

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From the Executive Director: In Memory of Stephen Hayes

Dear Imagination Stage Families, It is with very great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Stephen A. Hayes on Friday May 22. Stephen was Imagination Stage President of the Board from 2005 to 2007.  Before, during, and after his Presidency he was a singular advocate for our organization.  His most enduring contribution was that he significantly heightened the profile of our organization, in part by bringing extraordinary people onto the board who helped position us for the opportunities that the new building offered, those new board members included John Kane, John Ourisman, Tom Collamore, and Billy […]

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So Many Heroes

  Amid the global pandemic which has forced the temporary closure of many performing arts venues, 16 youth-serving theatres across the country have come together to share a national tribute, performed by children within each community, to honor frontline workers. Led by Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Interim Artistic Director Kathryn Van Meter, the project titled So Many Heroes empowers and amplifies the voices of young people during this time. “We will be forever changed by our current events, and forever connected and bound together by our shared experience of isolation. As we begin to redefine what it is to share space, […]

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Tie-Dyeing… with Sharpies!

With our building closed and our families cooped up in their homes, Imagination Stage is doing what we can to bring lively entertainment and activities from our stages and classrooms into your living rooms! Our Assistant Costume Shop Manager Lysh DeVries has just the thing to bring a little color to your time inside – let’s tie-dye with Sharpies! We will explore two different Sharpie dyeing methods. The first is a classic tie-dye; the second is a simple free-hand drawing method.   Best for Ages 8 and up Time: 2 – 5 hours Adult Supervision Required for children under 12 […]

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A Plan for the Summer

Dear Imagination Stage Families, This time of year is usually filled with so much excitement at Imagination Stage as our teaching artists and education staff are busy preparing for summer camps. Even though we are now socially distanced, we are actively preparing for Summer at Imagination Stage. We know many families are wondering about our plans for Summer Camps in light of COVID-19, so we wanted to provide you an update. As always, the health and safety of our campers is our top priority and we will be following all recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health regarding camp safety. […]

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Climb Into a Story During COVID-19

I love reading. I loved reading to my kids when they were young. I loved reading books to my students at Imagination Stage and telling stories as a professional storyteller. Whatever the circumstance or audience, I love being able to climb into a storybook adventure. You see, I don’t just want to read about Harry Potter, I want to step into that world. Being confined to our homes these days is a great time to bring your family’s favorite stories to life. Reading stories with different character voices is just the beginning of creating at-home adventures. I am a mom […]

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