INSIDE OUT, FROM HERE TO THERE and More Set for My First Imagination Stage's 2013-14 Season
My First Imagination Stage is dressing up its 2013-2014 season with a world premiere developed by Imagination Stage and the United Kingdom's Tell Tale Hearts Children's Touring Theatre Company. Inside Out is all about the adventures children find when they open up their closets and play dress-up, letting imaginations run wild.
The 2013-14 season for My First Imagination Stage features From Here to There, Aquarium, Inside Out, and Mouse on the Move. Shows run inImagination Stage's Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre and are Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.Appropriate for ages 1-5, tickets are $10-12, with a $5 lap seat for children under 12 months. Tickets go on sale August 12 and may be purchased online at www.imaginationstage.org, at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660.
"This season has a great line-up for the very young," said Kathryn Chase Bryer, associate artistic director. "We are thrilled to bring back audience favorites such as From Here to There and Aquarium, and we are especially excited about the world premiere of Inside Out, a work devised and created in collaboration with Tell Tale Hearts. It's been a delight to work with Tell Tale Hearts again. We went straight to the kids to develop this show. We brought clothes to a preschool and simply watched the kids play dress-up. They are the ones that actually came up with the sock dance that is part of the production! It has been a wonderful process, and we are so excited to share it."
The world premiere of Inside Out, in which young imaginations turn scarves into birds and t-shirts into monsters, debuts in the spring, and is directed by Bryer.
Imagination Stage's early childhood performances begin in October with the hit production From Here to There, which had its North American premiere last season. Directed by Natasha Holmes, director and cofounder of Tell Tale Hearts, it's a show that's all about play. The show jumps inside of a child's imagination, as two friends use their creativity to build objects, play games, and tell stories. Performances are followed by a "free play" session, a new trend in Theatre for the Very Young, which invites the audience to come on stage and play with some of the materials used in the show. Actors Megan Dominy and Matthew McGee will bring the story to life.
For the holiday season, Aquarium returns with giant jellyfish, sandy beaches, and a lemon sky to remind audiences of the sunny days of summer. This interactive production includes gentle music, beautiful puppets, and fun props to create a magical underwater world. Adi Stein and Phillip Reid share the role of Jack, and Maggie Erwin will play the role of Calypso. Aquarium is directed by Patrick Lynch and Pietro Chiarenza and was developed by Lyngo Theatre Company in Italy.
The final show in the season is Mouse on the Move, called "ridiculously adorable" by Our Kids. Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice, ready to explore the world and beyond in search of cheese. Bryer and Janet Stanford, artistic director of Imagination Stage, co-developed Mouse on the Move. Casting is still to be determined.
In addition to performances, the My First Imagination Stage early childhood programming at Imagination Stage includes the popular Sunday Fun-Dayand Saturday Song Circle. These single session workshops are themed around popular children's books and engage children and parents in multi-sensory play. There are also early childhood classes, ranging from 4 to 10 weeks for caregivers and children. Tickets and more information are available online.
The 2013-2014 My First Imagination Stage Season in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre:
From Here to There
October 25-November 24, 2013
Developed by Tell Tale Hearts Children's Touring Theatre Company
Directed by Natasha Holmes
Watch as two friends fashion objects out of construction paper, build bridges from cardboard boxes, and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune. It's like jumping inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, giving children the opportunity to explore some of the materials and create their own stories.