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. 


The 2018 Performance Season:

Pippin - Imagination Stage Student Performance

January 12-14, 2018

Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble
Book by Roger O. Hirson

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Jonathan Rizzardi
Music Directed by Stephen Crisp
Choreographed by Sara Herrera

Please be advised, there are some moments of strong language. Recommended for audiences age 11 and up.


Glory. Romance. Power. What does the life you’ve always dreamed of really look like? Pippin sets out on the never-ending quest of finding his place in the world. Seeking fulfillment from the havoc of the battlefield, to the quiet life of the country, Pippin slowly realizes the most extraordinary moments in life are found in the mundane – and that nothing is exactly what we expect it to be. With the timeless and award-winning score from Stephen Schwartz, and a new concept emphasizing ensemble-based storytelling, the IStage Performance Ensemble tackles one of Broadways greatest coming-of-age stories with freshness and zeal. Join us… We’ve Got Magic To Do!

Antigone - Student Performance - Imagination Stage

March 16-17 at 7:30 p.m.
March 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble
Translated by Don Taylor
Directed by Nikki Kaplan
Assistant Directed by Alison Gee
Choreographed by Sara Herrera

Please be advised, there are some moments of strong language. Recommended for audiences age 13 and up.


Eteocles has been given a proper burial, but Creon, Antigone’s uncle who has inherited the throne, has issued a royal edict banning the burial of Polyneices, who he believes was a traitor. Antigone defies the law and buries her brother, placing personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction. It is a searing tale of love, power, the greater good, and the question of who decides the rule of the law – the government or its people. Combining the mediums of acting, physical theatre, and dance, the IStage Performance Ensemble brings modern theatricality to this revered classic.

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Twelfth Night
April 27-28  at 7:30 p.m.
April 29  at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by the Acting Conservatory (Graduating Class of 2018)
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Randy Baker


The parents are gone for the weekend and this group of privileged teenagers are throwing the biggest party of the year. The party is in full swing when a yacht sinks off the coast and a survivor from the wreck arrives to change everything. Shakespeare’s comic tale of mistaken identities, Twelfth Night, is one of his most complex comedies, using melancholy and farce in equal measure to explore love and loss, cruelty and hope. This modern spin on a classic play argues that the themes are as relevant today as they were 500 years ago.


IStage Dance Theatre Performance
May 3, 2018
Choreographed by Sara Herrera


An intensive, performance-based ensemble of advanced dancers work together to present an original modern dance in the Spring semester. The show is a presentation of student choreography as well as an original work by Herrera. Check back soon for more details about this year’s modern dance performance!


Improv Night at Imagination Stage
May 6, 2018

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.

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Zombie Prom
May 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.
May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory (Graduating Class of 2018)
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
Directed by Shirley Serotsky


This girl-loves-ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950’s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all, he wants to take Toffee to the prom. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50’s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.

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The Pencil is Mightier – Original World Premiere
May 31 (preview performance) at 7:00 p.m.
June 1-2 at 7:30 p.m.
June 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Written by Amanda Zeitler
Conceived and Performed by the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble

Directed by Kirsten Grorud
Music and Lyrics Composed and Directed by Jonathan Kirby


When Jenny, an enthusiastic artist, and her 4 older sisters move into a new housing complex, she is less than thrilled; the twins are always fighting, Evelyn won’t shut up about Shakespeare, and Astrid can’t stop bossing everyone around. To top it all off, she discovers that their neighborhood is also home to four bullies who think that art is weird. The solution to Jenny’s problems may lie in a magical notebook and pencil which opens a portal to Reverie, a fantastical alternative dimension, ruled over by the wish-granting Queen Nebulous. But Jenny soon discovers that Reverie is not all it seems and Nebulous is no better than the bullies at home. When her siblings are captured, Jenny must find the strength within herself to stand up to her bullies and save her family with the power of the magical pencil.

Please note, the May 31 showing is a preview performance during the students’ last technical rehearsal. Alternatively, you may call the box office at 301-280-1660 to purchase floor seating for any of the June 1-3 performances.