Learn with Play!

The Imaginary Theatre Company (ITC) is the resident, professional, touring ensemble of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Through the use of literature, folk tales, fairy tales and new adaptations of classic works, ITC is committed to providing the very finest in theatre for young audiences and strives to bring quality performances to schools and community venues throughout the bi-state area.

The 2016-2017 ITC Season

Click the show links below to learn more:

My Father's Dragon
Touring Dates: October 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017

A Gnome for Christmas
Touring Dates: November 7 – December 23, 2016

A Thousand Cranes
Touring Dates: January 10 – April 2, 2017

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My Father's Dragon
Book by Sarah Brandt

Music and Lyrics by Neal Richardson

Recommended for Recommended for grades K-3

Available for touring: October 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Public performances: Touring Only

Based on the beloved Newbery Honor book, this musical takes us on a comic adventure to Wild Island! Jim is restless at home on summer vacation, but mom knows just what will entertain him—the story of Grandpa’s adventure to rescue a captive dragon. Join Jim for a fantastic jungle journey past obstacles and wild animals as together we discover the importance of perseverance and the wonderful power of imagination.

Production Photographs

Click on the images below to see larger versions. All photos by Eric Woolsey.

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A Gnome for Christmas
Book by Sarah Brandt

Music and Lyrics by Stephen James Neale

Recommended for all ages

Available for touring: November 7 – December 23, 2016

Public performances: December 17, 18, 22 & 23, 2016

When Lulu’s quirky father fails to sell yet another of his odd inventions, the pair must pack their bags and move to more meager accommodations. All they can afford is a rundown old farmhouse where the fence needs mending and the landlord’s cranky, even at Christmastime! Lulu’s about ready to give up, but when mysterious and magical things start happening, it seems that this farm might be home to more than meets the eye. This warm-hearted holiday musical reminds us of the importance of helping others and the happiness found in friends.

A Thousand Cranes
by Kathryn Schultz Miller

Recommended for grades 4-6

Available for touring: January 10 – April 2, 2017

Public performances: Touring Only

In 1950s Japan, 12-year-old Sadako enters a race to be the fastest girl in Hiroshima, but instead finds herself in a race for her life. Diagnosed with radiation sickness years after the atomic bomb, she takes an old legend to heart—if a sick person folds 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her well again. Sadako’s courageous journey leads us through both joy and sadness as we share in her story of a triumphant spirit and a hope for peace.

Additional Services

Free Study Guides: Each play comes with its own multi-disciplinary study guide. ITC study guides are designed to give teachers direction and concepts for pre-performance and post-performance discussion of the production, and include activities supporting Missouri Knowledge Standards and Illinois Learning Standards. Guides are e-mailed to you at least two weeks prior to the scheduled performance, and are also available for download online.

Free Question and Answer Sessions (Q & A): Q & A's are held immediately after a performance and can be up to 15 minutes in length. Q & A's provide your students with an opportunity to meet the actors, discuss what has just been performed, and to ask questions about life as a professional in the arts.

Workshops: These workshops, presented by ITC's professional cast, are offered as an enhancement to your students' theatre experience and a supplement to your curricular program. Using theatre exercises, your students will explore the discipline and skills used by actors to create characters and communicate meaning. While exercising their "muscles" of imagination, concentration and teamwork, your students will learn to trust their own creative being, expand their emotional freedom and explore the joy of taking risks. The specific activities used in these workshops are chosen based upon the participants' grade level.

See below for fees and booking information.

Booking Information

Touring (Same Day Bookings):
One performance starts at $350.00.
Two services start at $630.00.
Three services start at $975.00.

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.

For statewide touring dates, the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) will grant awards to Missouri-based presenters outside the St. Louis metro area. 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. Please ask for more information when booking your date(s).

Contact ITC

For more information or to book the Imaginary Theatre Company, call (collect) (314) 968-7344 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thank You

The Rep's Imaginary Theatre Company is grateful for the generous support of the Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis for underwriting free performances in the St. Louis city and county schools; and of Monsanto Fund, The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, and Caleres, for general support. Thank you.