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Current Shows, Spring Classes, & Summer Camps at Imagination Stage!


The reviews are in… Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale at Imagination Stage is a hit!

“A lively show about mutual respect” – DC Theater Arts
“Sure to capture the imagination of any young ones” – BroadwayWorld

And now: Helen Hayes Award Recommended!

A contemporary Cinderella musical with a twist kids will love!  Join Puerto Rican Cinderella (Cenicienta) and her classmate Rosa as cultures collide and they compete for the #1 basketball player spot at Pumpkin Grove Elementary School. Who will be the belle of the ball(game) and who will miss their shot? Best for ages 5+.

Performances run every Saturday through April 7, plus meet the actors after every 4pm show!


It’s bedtime, and two children use their imaginations to turn their room Inside Out and Backwards, into a wonderland of mess!  This Imagination Stage favorite is back and ready to take your 1–4-year-old on a whimsical, dress-up adventure like no other.

Performances run every weekend through March 31st. Tickets are selling quickly, so get yours now!

*ASL-interpreted performance: Sunday, March 24 at 9am


Explore, create, and collaborate with one of Imagination Stage’s many spring six-week class and summer camp options in acting, musical theatre, dance, filmmaking, and more!

Their next set of spring classes for ages 1-18 starts soon, so register now!

This summer, they are offering 1, 2, 3, and 4-week long camps for ages 4 and up in Bethesda, Rockville, and Northwest DC. Camp options include a variety of theme and skill-based programs, as well as some performance-based sessions. Learn more and register!


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See a Show, Take a Class — There’s Something for Everyone at Imagination Stage!


The reviews are in… Nate The Great at Imagination Stage is a hit!

“Never underestimate the power of live performance expertly done” – MD Theatre Guide
“A delightful production” – MacaroniKid
“An enjoyable experience for all ages” – Moderately Moco

And now: Helen Hayes Award Recommended!

Art matters in this musical mystery! A boy who loves detective work and calls himself Nate the Great is thrust into solving not one but two mysteries involving a cat, a dog, two friends, and a missing painting. Full of quirky characters and fun, this show brings the popular book series to singing and dancing life.  The show is running through August 11 and is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Special Performance Dates:
* Sensory-friendly performance: Sunday, July 23 at 10am
* Meet the cast after the show: Sunday, July 23 at 1pm



Fall class registration opens TODAY!  Imagination Stage’s curriculum includes creative drama, acting, musical theater, dance, and performance opportunities in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Six and 10-week classes for ages 1 and up start mid-September. Payment plans and financial assistance are available.

Imagination Stage is a nationally-recognized theatre arts center in Bethesda, MD, respected for more than 43 years of high-quality, innovative programming.


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A Musical Theatre Summer Experience Like No Other with Young Artists of America


You may have heard of Young Artists of America before. They’ve been voted as a top summer camp by Washington City Paper and Bethesda Magazine readers for many years in a row. Their productions have won Regional Emmys, and their year-round programming was named “Best Youth Music Program” (Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda 2020) and “Best Performing Arts Education for Young Artists” (MD Theater Guide 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards).

With the pandemic, they have been pivoting quickly, thinking creatively with safety first – offering virtual classes as well as fully-staged digital musical theatre productions that include filmed, in-person performances and virtual performances edited together. They were recently featured on Fox5 for one of these productions, their upcoming presentation of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS, partially performed literally in the woods!

So, if you are looking for a summer program for your performing arts tween or teen, check out what YAA is offering! They have two different programs this summer:

Conservatories is a full-day, on-campus or hybrid model that focuses on the artistic process plus applied training in Acting, Dance and Voice, culminating in a fully-staged digital musical theatre production (RENT, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, Jr., and Madagascar, Jr.) at the end of each session. They run from June 25 – July 9 and July 9-23

Academies is a half-day, all virtual model called that focuses on the artistic process to educate aspiring young performers of all levels in the many disciplines of musical theatre. Both of these models have programming for students ranging from 5th grade to college freshmen at all levels. Sessions run from June 28 – July 9 and July 12-23.

You can learn more about both programs here.

If your summer is booked, be sure to check out their year-round programming as well. They offer spring and fall semester training for singers, actors, dancers and instrumentalists as well, and even have one-off workshops (sometimes free!). No matter the program, YAA is known for one-of-a-kind opportunities, truly nothing like anything in the area.

Students learn from top teaching faculty as well as teaching artists, oftentimes right from Broadway. Their students have had the opportunity to work directly with such Broadway legends as Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (Lion King), and performers the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Andrews, and Eleasha Gamble, Anthony McGill, and countless others.

In normal times, they produce full-staged, symphonic productions and perform them on state-of-the-art stages like the Music Center at Strathmore and The Clarice. Check out highlights from Les Miserables, one of their last fully-staged productions before the pandemic:

Even more, Young Artists of America has generously offered KFDC readers $100 off registration for new students depending on the program! Use promo code KF100 at check out when you register on their website.


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