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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You and Me from Home: Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea

Join Early Education Coordinator Stacy Steyaert for an at-home version of one of our popular You and Me classes. These caregiver and child classes use props and materials to stimulate the senses and promote your child’s development of social and motor skills — all while sharing a wonderful story together! You and Me: From Home! Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea from Imagination Stage on Vimeo.     Keeping the Mission Alive Imagination Stage has always had a grand vision: to empower ALL young people to discover their voices and identities through performing arts education and professional theatre. […]

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You and Me: Story Adventures “Stone Soup”

Join us in You and Me: Story Adventures. Based on our You and Me class models, this video series will walk you and your littlest ones through a storytime, a fun activity, and a song! Enjoy this slice of one of our Early Childhood workshops from the comfort of your own home. Stone Soup Story Adventures Part 1 Stone Soup Pt 1 from Imagination Stage on Vimeo. Stone Soup Story Adventures Part 2 Stone Soup Pt 2 from Imagination Stage on Vimeo. Stone Soup Story Adventures Part 3 Stone Soup Pt 3 from Imagination Stage on Vimeo. Keeping the Mission Alive Imagination Stage has always had […]

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Build Your Own Castle Model

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 very own carpenter extraordinaire Ali Mark has the cure for your indoor boredom- build your own castle set model with materials you have around the house. Materials Needed: Cardboard Pencil Ruler Scissors Toilet Paper Roll or Construction Paper Tape Aluminum Foil Paint or other materials to decorate Ages: Best for ages 7-12 Be sure to comment on our Facebook page with a picture of your […]

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MAKE YOUR HOME YOUR STAGE: IMAGINATION CHALLENGE

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! Today, we invite you to create your own mini-movie that shows off your creativity, along with your acting, directing, and playwriting skills, and share it with our virtual community via the Imagination Stage Facebook Page.  Every week, we will publish a new challenge with a theme, a line of dialogue, and a prop for you to use. Get Likes and Comments on your mini-masterpiece from our […]

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