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.
Just Announced...The 2014-2015 ITC Season!
Click the show links below to learn more:
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Touring Dates: October 13 2014 – March 29, 2015
Touring Dates: November 10 – December 23, 2014
Touring Dates: January 12 – March 29, 2015
Welcome to ITC's 39th season! Invite us to come play with you, and let our literature-based productions introduce your kids to a whole new way to learn.
|The Emperor's New Clothes|
Book by Kim Esop Wylie
Music by Joe Dreyer
Lyrics by Sheila Schultz
Recommended for grades K-3
Available for touring: October 13, 2014–March 29, 2015
Public performances: TOURING ONLY
One of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales gets a quirky new look in this silly satire about a vain man and his clever wife. Determined to teach her husband a lesson in humility, the queen and her loyal handmaiden pose as two weavers who make the most beautiful garments in the world. There’s just one catch—only the most intelligent people can see these clothes. Will the Emperor admit he’s had the wool pulled over his eyes or embarrass himself in front of the entire kingdom?
Adapted from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Recommended for all grades and family audiences
Available for touring: November 10–December 23, 2014
Public performances: December 13-23 (Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School)
Mr. Scrooge throws his TV remote at ghosts while Bob Cratchit works inside the ATM in this hilarious modern update of a beloved holiday classic. Travel with the three spirits on a journey through past, present and future as old Ebenezer learns the joys of kindness and giving. Can Christmas be saved for the Cratchits? You’ll find out in this musical romp that is sure to put a smile on the “Scroogiest” of faces.
by Michael Erikson
Recommended for grades 4-6
Available for touring: January 12–March 29, 2015
Public performances: TOURING ONLY
The Prince of Thieves and his friends are back in this rollicking medieval adventure. Travel with us to Sherwood Forest and watch Robin Hood and his Merry Men come to the rescue of the poor citizens of Nottingham, foiling the rotten Sheriff along the way. It’s all adventure and excitement as legend’s most famous outlaw outwits his enemies and accomplishes daring feats of bravery, always with the goal of helping others.
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.
- Acting Up
Length: 30–60 minutes
Space Requirement: classroom, stage or open space
Group Size: 6 to 70
See below for fees and 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.
- A service is defined as a performance or a workshop.
- Fees vary. Actual cost is determined by distance to be traveled, if an overnight stay is required, the total number of days involved, and the various combinations of performances and workshops.
- 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) 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).
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 Brown Shoe Company, for general support. Thank you.