Photo Flash: First Look at Imagination Stage's World Premiere of INSIDE OUT

Imagination Stage is thrilled to collaborate with Natasha Holmes, director and cofounder of Tell Tale Hearts Children's Touring Theatre Company (U.K.), on the world premiere of Inside Out. This is the second collaboration with Tell Tale Hearts for the My First Imagination Stage season, and it builds on the free play aspect of live performance. Scroll down for some exclusive photos from the production!

It's bedtime in Inside Out, but instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess. While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet. This interactive show includes a free play session, encouraging audience members to use their own creativity with some of the items from the show.

The development of this production for very young children began with very young children. After an initial brainstorming session, a team of Imagination Stage artists, along with Ms. Holmes, visited Petals Child Development Center in Bethesda to observe how two- and four-year-olds played with clothes. From there, Ms. Holmes and Kathryn Chase Bryer, Imagination Stage's associate artistic director, were able to create a story line and script for Inside Out that included participation for its audience members.

Tell Tale Hearts has been making theatre exclusively for children since 2003, becoming one of the most respected companies in the U.K. for creating theatre for the very young. The company presents participatory touring theatre productions, giving children the opportunity to experience a magical and multi-sensory world of theatre. Imagination Stage initially collaborated with the company on From Here to There, which had its North American premiere at Imagination Stage in March 2013.

Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith will perform in Inside Out. Megan previously performed at Imagination Stage in James and the Giant Peach, The Magic Finger, and Dr. Dolittle, and she has also performed with No Rules Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, and The American Century Theater. Bradley was seen in the premiere of From Here to There and has performed locally at Keegan Theatre, First Stage, and American Century Theater.

Kathryn Chase Bryer (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at Imagination Stage. She has directed over 30 shows in the last 22 years at Imagination Stage, most recently Peter Pan and Wendy. She served as a Directing Mentor for the 2013 Source Theatre Festival and will be directing Scapin for Constellation Theatre Company in January 2014.

As part of the My First Imagination Stage season, Inside Out runs in Imagination Stage's Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre now through April 6, 2014, at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and 10:00 and 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Each performance runs approximately 45 minutes. Inside Out is appropriate for ages 1-5. Tickets are $10-$12, with a $5 lap seat for children under 12 months. Tickets may be purchased online at www.imaginationstage.org, at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660. Imagination Stage is located at 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD.

Photos courtesy Imagination Stage.

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Photo Flash: First Look at Imagination Stage's World Premiere of INSIDE OUT
Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith

Photo Flash: First Look at Imagination Stage's World Premiere of INSIDE OUT
Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith

Photo Flash: First Look at Imagination Stage's World Premiere of INSIDE OUT
Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith

Photo Flash: First Look at Imagination Stage's World Premiere of INSIDE OUT
Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith

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