STUDENT PERFORMANCE SEASON

During the academic year, students in our Conservatory and Ensemble programs perform full-scale musicals – typically 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. 

 

Learn more about upcoming auditions for the Conservatory and Ensemble Programs. 

Earlier this season...

Adlered Mind

May 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
May 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Written by KJ Moran
Inspired by the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
Directed by Aria Velz

The prestigious Adler Academy is a place where young girls dream of attending – some go to start their career paths, some go to learn about themselves, and some go to solve the mysterious disappearance of its founder, Adelaide Adler, who vanished without a trace in 1941. Today, as new student Ellie Ingram begins her first year at Adler, she is the closest to discovering the mysterious hidden in the school’s history – until she too disappears, leaving her sister Eliza and their new friends to pick up where she left off. Do Ellie and Adelaide share the same fate? Is the mystery more complex than it appears? And how can the past show us the way in navigating our present?

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The Long Horizon

May 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
May 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Written by Noelle Viñas
Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Kirby
Inspired by the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble
Directed by Tyler Herman

In the race to create the first human colony on Mars, GreatX has chosen three highly-trained teenaged astronauts Naomi, Jordan, and Oliver as their first crew. But the astronauts quickly learn that their talents and intelligence aren’t all they need to make it the long way to Mars as they face space loneliness, challenges, conflicting information, and a nefarious plot. Throughout it all, the astronauts and their friends and family learn how to work together and stand up for what is right, even when it’s hard.

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Edges

May 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
May 16, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Directed by Caroline Dubberly
Music Direction by Stephen Crisp
Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory

Imagination Stage’s graduating Musical Theatre Conservatory class performs Edges, written by Tony-nominated Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen). Edges brings to the stage a series of songs showcasing burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions. This charming, witty, and honest examination of adulthood explores what happens when we are teetering on the edges of our lives. Songs explore universal issues such as love, commitment, identity and meaning and we watch characters of all types confronting emotions, escaping expectations, and deciphering complicated relationships.

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Spellbound

May 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by IStage Dance Theatre
Choreographed by Ashlee McKinnon

Imagine a world where your movement matters. A world that you can control with a flowing port de bras, an extended grand battement, and a dynamic pose. A world that is bound to the energy of your dancing. This season’s IStage Dance Theatre performance of Spellbound presents hypnotizing and enchanting choreography. Taking audience members on a creative journey through a fantasy land in which they are the ones in control of their fate and destiny.

The IStage Zoom Play Festival

Recommended for audiences ages 12+

 

The Zoom Play Festival, comprised of 27 actors in grades 6-12, offers a line-up of classic theatre favorites and groundbreaking new works. Using our creative artist talents, we’ll be streaming these online versions over YouTube from December 18-20 in this exciting first time festival. Catch all three by the end of the weekend!

 

Please note, we are asking that virtual attendees show their support of Imagination Stage and this festival by purchasing tickets appropriate to the number of audience members in the household. 

The Outsiders
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton

Friday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Join us for an all-female version of this classic story of a teen gang in rural Oklahoma where the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Social member, they are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the rest of their Greaser family, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen

Friday, December 18 at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 19 at 9:00 p.m.

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The Wolves
By Sarah DeLappe 

Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. The Wolves was the 2015 winner for the Relentless Play Award for Playwrighting and a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

The Ice Adventures

March 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
March 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Written by Sisi Reid
Directed by Scott S. Turner
Presented by the 2019-2021 Pegasus Ensemble

In the Icelands, life is good. Everyone has their jobs and keeps to themselves. The Carpenters build huge structures of ice, The Scientists measure and study the natural world, and The Guardians keep everyone safe. That is, until the Earthquakes begin. The Guardians start their journey into The Outside – the land beyond The Icelands – to find the source of the problem, only to be held back by forces beyond even their control. Searching for someone to take the journey in their place, The Scientists and The Carpenters are tasked to go instead. Now, these two groups, who think they are very different, must learn to work together or face the destruction of their whole world.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
March 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Nikki Kaplan and Amelia Nickles
Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble

One of Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream stages the chaotic workings of love. Set in 1970’s Athens, the IStage Performance Ensemble performs their take on this story of order and disorder, reality and illusion, against the tapestry of rock ‘n’ roll. A Midsummer Night’s Dream revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest.

Our Town

April 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
April 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Written by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

Presented by the Acting Conservatory 

A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization. Join our graduating Acting Conservatory class for a reimagined telling of this timeless story, in which the entire cast serves as the Stage Manager and all play multiple roles.