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Imaginary Theatre Company

ITC_Logo_Preferred_cmyk.pngImaginary Theatre Company (ITC) is The Rep’s resident professional touring ensemble. Through the use of literature, folk tales, fairy tales and new adaptations of classic works, ITC is committed to bringing the very finest in theatre for young audiences to nearly 20,000 students each season.

We’re proud to present our 2018-19 ITC Season:


The Tortoise and the Hare

by Sarah Brandt
Music and Lyrics by Neal Richardson
Directed by Laurie McConnell

Recommended for grades K-3
50 minutes in length

Touring: October 22, 2018 – April 7, 2019

The much-loved Aesop fable springs to life in this lively musical adaptation. Henry is a racer, one of the fastest bunnies the forest has ever seen. Shelly’s a tortoise, his quietly devoted best friend. Henry has always been the star of the show, until one day Shelly starts to have some dreams of her own. With the help of her forest friends, Shelly realizes her own worth, and Henry finds out that sometimes being the best isn’t the most important thing.

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The Christmas Skates

by Sarah Brandt
Music and Lyrics by Nathanael McClure

Recommended for all ages
50 minutes in length

Touring: November 12 – December 22, 2018
Public Performances: December 15 – 22, 2018

The true spirit of the holiday season shines brightly in this new musical adaptation of Mary Griggs Van Voorhis’s short story, “The Boy with the Box.” It’s nearly Christmas, and Tom Reynolds is excited to show off his brand new skates – that is, until someone shows up with a newer, better pair. Meanwhile, across town, Harvey McGinnis is thrilled with the meager gifts he’s managed to gather for his little sisters. Inspired by Harvey’s kindness and spirit, Tom hatches a plan to give his new friend a holiday surprise to remember.

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Greek Myths: Heroes and Monsters

by Michael Erickson
Directed by Gad Guterman

Recommended for grades 4-6
50 minutes in length

Touring: January 11 – April 7, 2019

Some of mythology’s greatest gods, high-spirited heroes and misunderstood monsters parade across the stage in this new high-flying adventure comedy! First came the Titans, and then came the Gods. Prometheus created humanity, and a vast sea of different beings, both good and bad, roared to life. Was Medusa, the snake-headed gorgon, really all that bad? Who really opened Pandora’s Box? Join ITC to explore the flaws and fantastical feats that make up some of Ancient Greece’s greatest origin stories. 

Additional Resources

Study Guide

Free interdisciplinary study guides are emailed to teachers at least two weeks prior to performance dates. Study guides include information on the play and production, as well as activity suggestions and worksheets for classroom use.

Q-and-A with the Actors

Free 15-minute Q-and-A sessions are available immediately following a performance to provide students with an opportunity to meet the actors and discuss the show.


Custom hands-on workshops, presented by the professional cast of Imaginary Theatre Company, are offered as an enhancement to the theatre experience and a supplement to classroom learning. Using theatre exercises, students will explore the discipline and skills used by actors to create characters and communicate meaning. Specific activities are chosen based on the participants’ grade level.

Booking Information​

For more information or to book the Imaginary Theatre Company, call (314) 968-7344 or e-mail the Education Department.


Touring (Same Day Bookings):

  • One performance starts at $375
  • Two services start at $675
  • Three services start at $1,010

Study guides are included in your cost and will be e-mailed to you prior to the first scheduled performance. An additional educational component at no extra cost is an optional 15-minute Q&A with the actors immediately following each performance.

Fees vary. Actual cost is determined by the distance to be traveled, if an overnight stay is required, the total number of days involved, and the various combinations of performances and workshops.

  • A service is defined as a performance or a workshop.
  • No workshop can be scheduled without a performance.
  • A three-performance day must be of the same play.
  • Services can be delivered in no more than two locations on any scheduled workday.

For statewide touring dates, the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) may grant awards to Missouri-based presenters. Grant requests must be submitted to MAC at least two months prior to the contracted performance date(s). For touring dates outside of Missouri, financial awards may be available through your state arts council.