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Day 88: A Place to Imagine and Dream

“You see things and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not?” 

This quote by George Bernard Shaw, a renowned playwright and Nobel Prize Award Winner for Literature describes succinctly the mind of a child.  In a child’s mind, anything is possible. There are no limitations – just possibilities.  There is no skepticism – just open-mindedness.  There is no prejudice – just acceptance.  Children have the ability to imagine all things and create through expressive fun if allowed the opportunity to explore those thoughts and dreams without inhibition.

Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Ave

We are so lucky in Bethesda to have Imagination Stage, a children’s theater and arts organization which promotes and empowers kids of all ages to explore, create and express themselves through dance, acting, filmmaking and participation in theatrical shows.  Kids ages 12 mos – 18 years old have opportunities to participate in classes or experience interactive, guided play on-stage.   

Imagination Stage offers a spring break camp this season from April 18 – 22nd which includes an after-care program from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM.  For registration information click here.  Summer camp registration is also available here.

One of the newest features of their program is called “My First Imagination Stage Show” ideal for tots aged 12 months to 5 years old.   Click here to review a video about this highly interactive theater experience for your little guy or gal.  Currently they are running the show, Wake Up, Brother Bear from March 1st – April 10th.  Cost is $10 per person; $5 for little people on your lap (under 12 mos).  Showtimes are 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM various days of the week.

You can find classes for all other ages too – including your teenage thespians (grades 9-12) – in filmmaking, audition coaching, acting and more.  Click here for a schedule of the proposed classes.

Entry to Imagination Stage

The mission of Imagination Stage, which began in 1979 as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) and renamed Imagination stage in 2001, is to make the arts available to kids of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.  There is an urgent need for art education in our community and we are lucky to have this professionally recognized, award-winning organization here in our town.  I hope you will enjoy it with your kids or share it with someone you love.  You might just reawaken your own imagination.   ~Amy

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