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Get Kids into the Act at Imagination Stage Winter & Spring Classes!

 

Does your child love to perform?  Are you looking for a fun and engaging extracurricular activity for them?  Imagination Stage, well known for its wonderful children’s theatre, offers all kinds of performing arts classes for kids of all ages — and registration is now open for their Winter/Spring session that begins in mid-January!

Imagination Stage’s programming inspires youth of all ages and abilities to grow as artists and innovators. They provide quality, year-round education in acting, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Early Childhood Classes
These classes for little ones are a sensory-stimulating way to introduce students to the world of theatre and dance while also building lifelong skills such as teamwork, sharing, confidence building, and gaining independence. Students develop gross motor skills through movement activities, fine motor skills through visual art projects, learn basic music skills, and learn to use their four Actor’s Tools of body, voice, mind, and imagination through dramatic play.

* Classes for ages 12-36 months, designed for children with caregivers, include You & Me: Musical Journeys, You & Me: Winter Wonderland, You & Me: Baby Animals, and You & Me: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles.

* Drop off classes for ages 3-5 include Magic Suitcase/Maleta Mágica (Bilingual – you don’t have to know the language to participate!), Dance: Pop Starz, and Disney Drama.

See the full list of Early Childhood classes!

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Dance Classes
Fun, non-competitive dance classes are available for students of all levels and abilities, meeting the needs of dancers at every stage of their physical and mental development. Dance classes help young children improve their coordination, gain important social skills, and explore their own creativity.

* Dance classes include Mini Broadway Song & Dance, Hip-Hop Dance Crew, and Family Fun: Broadway Dance Sampler – a fun class for for caregivers and children to dance together.

See the full list of Dance classes!

 

Acting and Musical Theatre Classes
These classes are open to students of all experience levels and abilities, and students are welcome to jump in and get started at any grade level. Younger age groups engage in dramatic play while older groups delve into the application of more advanced, specialized training.

* Classes for younger children include Creative Drama: Magic Tree House, Musical Theatre: Encanto, and Commercial Creators

* Older kids can participate in programs like Stand-Up & Sketch Comedy, Musical Theatre Intensive: Beetlejuice, and Acting: Scene Study

See the full list of Acting and Musical Theatre classes!

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Filmmaking Classes
The Filmmaking program is a progressive and comprehensive curriculum that offers introductory through advanced filmmaking classes in a hands-on environment working with state-of-the-art equipment. The program focuses on filmmaking technique, emphasizing the pre-production process, visual storytelling, and artistic style. Filmmaking classes are offered for students in grades 6-12.

* Classes include Fundamentals of Filmmaking, Narrative Filmmaking Project, and the Filmmaking Conservatory Package: Sound Design, Lighting, and Directing.

See the full list of Filmmaking classes!

 

Access & Inclusion
Imagination Stage’s access and inclusion program provides equitable access to all programming, from added inclusion support to peer-group access classes in order to provide the most successful experience for each student.

* Access classes include Access Acting: Character Lab and Access Voice Acting: Animated Voiceovers.

See the full list of Access classes!

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Freedom Choir *NEW*
Serious singers are invited to audition this newly formed Freedom Choir – an Imagination Stage collaboration with Artist-in-Residence Dr. Rickey Payton, Sr. and The Urban Nation H-I-P-H-O-P Choir, which will focus on a repertoire of songs from a variety of cultures, nations, religions, and styles.

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This post is sponsored by Imagination Stage, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: A Mo Willems Musical at Imagination Stage!

 

FLASH SALE!

Join Imagination Stage Thanksgiving Week for Mo Willems’ Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience. Get a 40% discount for tickets on November 23, 25, 26 or 27 with promo code FLASH40. Offer expires tonight at 11:59pm! Discount may not be combined with other offers or used on previously purchased tickets.  Not available on balcony seats. Limit 6.

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Two New Shows Coming to Imagination Stage this Month!

 

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Fun for FALL at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage has been a beloved and trusted theatre for 43 years! Their fall classes provide an ideal setting for nurturing creativity, exploring the arts, and making new friends and great memories.  Registration is now open for 6- and 10-week classes as well as one-day workshops in acting, musical theatre, performance, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18. They are conveniently located in Bethesda, just minutes from the Metro.

The skilled and fun-loving teaching artists are dedicated to the Imagination Stage mission of empowering all young people to discover their voice and identity through the performing arts. Financial aid is available.

For full class information, visit the website.

 

Early Childhood Classes
Check out some of the classes and workshops for children ages 1-5, which focus on providing fun and developmentally-appropriate experiences!

You & Me: On the Farm (12-23 months)

Saturday Song Circle: We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt (ages 1-5)

Sunday Fun Day: Not Quite Narwhal (ages 1-5)

You & Me: Creating with Color (24-36 months)

Heroes, Royalty, & Dragons (ages 3-4)

NEW Drama & Music/Drama & Música (Bilingual) (ages 4-5)

Broadway Boogie (Ages 4-5)

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Elementary School Aged Classes
Kids can embrace the fun, whether they’re dancing to Disney tunes or learning comedic timing 101!

Creative Drama: Star Wars Adventures (grades K-1)

Drama and Music: Jungle Tales (grades K-1)

Mini Broadway Song & Dance (grades K-1)

Creative Drama: Myths and Magic (grades 2-3)

Comedy Kids (grades 2-3)

Dance: Newsies (grades 2-3)

FUNdamentals of Musical Theatre (grades 4-5)

Improv Theatre Games (grades 4-5)

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Teen Classes
Middle and high school aged students have a chance to hone their skills and have some fun in Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre, Training and Performance, Filmmaking, or Access classes!

NEW Freedom Choir (grades 5-12)

FUNdamentals of Filmmaking (grades 6-8)

“Have at Thee!” – Shakespeare Scenes & Combat (grades 6-12)

Dance Academy: Technique and Flexibility (grades 6-12)

Voice & Dance: Rock/Pop Musicals (grades 7-9)

Musical Theatre Performance (grades 9-12)

Access Voice Acting (ages 13-21)*

*Imagination Stage provides equitable access to all programming, from added inclusion supports to peer-group access classes in order to provide the most successful experience for each student.

 

This post is sponsored by Imagination Stage, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins at Imagination Stage

[Note:  This review was written by KFDC Contributor Emily Moise, a local writer and mom of two young children.  She’s written about both her explorations with her kids around DC, as well as recommendation for products to enhance kids’ and family experiences.  Read more of her articles hereherehereherehere,  and here.]

 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins have waddled onto Imagination Stage, delighting audiences as only these loveable creatures can. The whimsical tale about dreaming as big as an Antarctic adventure, even in bleak times, sends a timely message to kids and adults alike. And while the plot about a painter-turned-traveling-circus-act holds true to the children’s book, the novelty is the custom-built, mechanical penguins (including, spoiler alert: twenty baby penguins) that are maneuvered around stage by multi-talented, multi-role-playing actors.

This musical play, featuring puppetry, song, and dance, is recommended for ages 3-10, but some of the dialogue skews to the upper end of that range. I brought my five and three-year-olds, and while my youngest was more patiently watching the storyline build up (on his best behavior for his “first show”), my daughter was able to grasp what was happening. Once the first penguin, Captain Cook, makes his entrance, all ages are captivated. One tip: Read the book with your kids before the show to prepare them!

The show runs for 75 minutes without intermission on weekdays, and 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission on weekends. Bring snacks for intermission, and dress warmly as the theater runs cold. Proof of vaccination for ages 5+ is required at the ticket booth, and masks are required in the theater. Read more about COVID precautions here.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins is showing now through August 7 at Imagination Stage, located at 4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda, MD. Tickets are $12-$39.

 

Comparing penguin/little human height

 

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