Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage inspires creativity through theatre and arts education programs that nurture, challenge, and empower young people of all abilities. View more information on their Member Feature Page.


Winter Programs

Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

The Snow Queen *
In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Can Gerda save Kai before his heart is frozen solid? Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience!
Content Areas: English/Literature, Math, Arts, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Theatre
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance, optional zoom workshop for those watching the filmed play
Learning Standards: 

  • Reading: Literature 3.3
  • Reading: Literature 3.7
  • DCPS Theatre Standards- Strand 1, Grade 3: 3.1.2
  • DCPS Theatre Standards, Strand 2, Grade 3
  • Theatre Arts: DCPS Theatre Standards- Strand 3, Grade 3: 3.3.1, DCPS Theatre Standards- Strand 3, Grade 3:3.3.2

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Length: 45 minutes
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

Bollywood Dance Break
This online series continues with Tehreema Mitha, choreographer of Imagination Stage’s 2018 production of The Princess & the Pauper – A Bollywood Tale, walking you through nine classical styles of Bollywood Dance from the Indian subcontinent. Get up on your feet and try them at home!
Content Areas: Arts, Diversity, World Languages/Global Studies
Discipline: Dance
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance 
Learning Standards: world cultures
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Theatre Activity Guides
Find a resource guide connected to each show of our Main Stage and our Theatre for the Very Young. These are filled with common core standards and fun activities for Prek-Grade 5
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Discipline: Theatre
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Learning Standards: The My Story Cornerstone and Kindergarten Readiness for the EC shows
Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Build Your Own Castle- Set 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.
Content Areas: Arts, Math
Discipline: Theatre
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: design, measuring (math), basic geometry

You and Me Story Adventures: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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.
Content Areas: English/Literature,  Arts
Discipline: Theater
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: Literacy; syllables
Grade: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK

Previous Lotteries

Escape from Peligro Island
Presented by: Imagination Stage

Experience theatre like never before! Every audience member will use a paddle to cast their vote on choices throughout the show. From the moment the play begins, the fate of our young hero, Callaway Brown, is in your hands. Will he time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? The choice is yours, and there are 70 different ways the story could go! As part of the Learning Through Theatre program, all educators receive an arts integration guide and free video resources, and an opportunity to attend a free professional development. As part of the experience at the theatre, a short hands-on workshop is provided in the theatre for students before the show begins.
Transportation is provided free of charge to DCPS and DC charter schools.
Date: 10/21/19, 10/22/19, 10/23/19, 10/24/19, 10/25/19, 10/28/19, 10/29/19, 10/30/19, 10/31/19, 11/1/19
Time: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Location:  THEARC Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Content Area: English/Literature, Arts
Learning Standards: ELA grade 4 standards and the My Story cornerstone, Fourth Grade DCPS Passport to Learning ELA Unit of Study, My Story
Grades: 3rd-5th (designed with DCPS 4th grade curriculum in mind)
Ticket capacity: 400 per day
Supplementary Materials: Teacher Guide

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Presented by: Imagination Stage

Beloved by children for generations, Eric Carle’s children’s books come off the page and onto the stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. With more than seventy larger-than-life puppets and original music, this special event follows all your favorite characters from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and –of course – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From a lumbering brown bear, to a curious caterpillar, to a fleet of rubber ducks, to countless other critters, Carle’s beautiful illustrations come to life through theatre magic.
Date: 10/9/2019
Time: 10:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location:  Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Content Area: English/Literature, Arts
Learning Standards:  TBD
Grades: PK3 - 3rd
Ticket capacity: 200 


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