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Nov
23
Sat
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe @ Imagination Stage
Nov 23 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe @ Imagination Stage

Original concept by Kathryn Chase Bryer, David Palmer, Janet Stanford, and Septime Webre
Libretto and lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern
Music by Matthew Pierce
Directed by Janet Stanford
Choreographed by David Palmer
Best for ages 5+

Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia. A remount of Imagination Stage’s Helen Hayes award-winning 2012 production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance, and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption.

Feb
8
Sat
Zomo The Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth @ Imagination Stage
Feb 8 – Mar 22 all-day
Zomo The Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth @ Imagination Stage

By Psalmayene 24
Music by Nick “tha1da” Hernandez
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Best for ages 4+

Zomo- one hip-hoppity rabbit- is taking on Washington, DC. When Zomo is dissed and dismissed by the other tricksters in town, he turns to the Sky God for more power. The Sky God sends him on an impossible quest taking him from the breakdancing fish on the DC Waterfront, to the graffiti artist cow at the National Zoo, and finally to the DJ Leopard in Adams Morgan. Will Zomo find the power he’s seeking? Or will he wise up? This high-energy hip-hop adaptation of a Nigerian folktale, originally commissioned by Imagination Stage in 2009 (Helen Hayes-Nominated Outstanding Production- Theatre for Young Audiences), puts a local spin and lots of silly humor on the global tradition of trickster tales.

Feb
15
Sat
Thumbelina @ Imagination Stage
Feb 15 – Apr 5 all-day
Thumbelina @ Imagination Stage

Written and Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale
Best for ages 4+

What happens when a girl no bigger than a thumb finds herself lost in a great big world? She takes control of the story, of course! In this plucky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Thumbelina sets off to find her place in a world where she does not seem to “fit,” meeting a bashful toad, a bullying band of maybugs, a helpful field mouse, and many more friends along the way. But is her story written for her? OR can she control her destiny? Inspired by Kamishibai – a form of Japanese street theatre that uses illustrated boards to create the story-this production features live video projections, puppetry, dioramas, and other theatre magic. Thumbelina will dazzle audiences with an eye-catching celebration of individuality and friendship.

Jun
24
Wed
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience @ Imagination Stage
Jun 24 – Aug 9 all-day
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience @ Imagination Stage

Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks la Puma
Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz
Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Best for ages 4+

When clothing suddenly falls from the sky, Wilbur J. Mole Rat rocks the colony with his decision to get dressed! In a community where baring is caring and skin is in, can Wilbur find the courage to march to the beat of his own drum? Or better yet, rock to the rhythm of his own electric guitar? This rollicking adaptation of Mo Willems’ beloved picture book explores what can happen when we have the courage to be ourselves.

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