Due to COVID-19 regulations, Imagination Stage is currently closed to the public. Current performance opportunities can be found here.




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


Imagination Stage’s 2020 Student Performance Season  

Mamma Mia! 

January 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.
January 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Book by Catherine Johnson

Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble

Directed by Jeff Sachs
Music Directed by Debbie Jacobson
Choreographed by Amelia Nickles 

Recommended for audiences ages 10+


Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancé Sky, except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men that she discovers in her mother’s diary who could be her dad. But when they all arrive, Sophie’s mother Donna becomes distressed seeing her estranged ex-lovers. Featuring the chart-topping music of ABBA including Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, and Money Money Money – this will be a wedding that you’ll never forget!


March 20-21 at 7:30 p.m.
March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Written by Mary Zimmerman

Presented by the IStage Performance Ensemble
Directed by Nikki Kaplan
Assistant Directed by Alison Gee
Choreographed by Amelia Nickles

This show is recommended for audiences ages 13+
Contains Some Mature Content. Audience Discretion is Advised.


NOTE: In line with recent recommendations from the CDC and state of Maryland, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone this performance until further notice.


From acclaimed playwright Mary Zimmerman comes this dazzling adaptation of Ovid’s classic myths, juxtaposing the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image. Beginning with the well-known story of Midas and his golden touch, a magical world is conjured, where Gods and mortals co-exist and universal tales of fate, lost love, greed, and death are shared. The IStage Performance Ensemble uses theatricality and dance to bring to the stage this hauntingly beautiful script about humanity’s grappling with life’s tenacious craving for love.


The Witches

April 24-25 at 7:30 p.m.
April 26 at 6:00 p.m.

By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood

Presented by the Acting Conservatory Graduating Class of 2020
Directed by Matt Bassett

Recommended for audiences age 7+


This play, based on the book by Roald Dahl, tells the story of a young boy who lives with his Grandma after his parents were killed in a car crash. Grandma tells him stories all about witches and how to recognize them and, during a summer trip, they encounter actual witches who have gathered for their annual conference at the same hotel! The Grand High Witch of all the world has an evil plan to transform all children with a magic potion – will the boy and his new friend Bruno stop the Grand High Witch and her evil plan before it is too late?! Puppetry, shadowy figures, and a twisty world of color and sound collide in this playful story of danger, bravery, and witches.


The Drowsy Chaperone

May 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.
May 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison

Presented by the Musical Theatre Conservatory (Graduating Class of 2020)
Directed by Lee Cromwell 

Recommended for audiences age 10+


The curtain rises on a present-day musical theatre fanatic eager to tell you about his favorite Broadway musical – The Drowsy Chaperone. He’s the ultimate Everyfan and “Drowsy” is his guilty pleasure. As he begins listening to the rare cast recording, the show cleverly and magically blooms to life, telling the hilarious tale of a pampered Broadway starlet and her debonair fiance, an overzealous producer, a dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a couple of bumbling gangsters. Ruses are played. Hi-jinks occur. And the plot spins everyone into musical comedy euphoria.


Chain Reaction

May 21, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Presented by IStage Dance Theatre
Choreographed by Ashlee McKinnon

Recommended for all ages


The IStage Dance Theatre is an intensive, performance-based ensemble of advanced dancers working together to present an original modern dance in the spring semester. The final show is a presentation of student choreography as well as an original work by McKinnon. 


Speak Out on Stage – Play
May 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
May 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Devised by the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble

Written by Doug Robinson
Directed by Aria Velz

Speak Out on Stage – Musical
May 30, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
May 31, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Devised by the Speak Out on Stage Ensemble

Book by James Lex
Music and Lyrics Composed and Directed by Jonathan Kirby
Directed by Tyler Herman


Speak Out on Stage (SOOS) gives young performers the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas to help create fun, dramatic, and insightful new works for the stage. This is your chance to “Speak Out” about what’s important to you! In honor of Imagination Stage’s 40th year, we have expanded our Speak Out on Stage program to two companies who perform on the Lerner Family Theatre Stage!