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 2015-2016 ITC Season

Click the show links below to learn more:

Touring Dates: October 19, 2015 – April 3, 2016

The Elves and the Shoemaker
Touring Dates: November 9 – December 23, 2015

Goodbye Marianne
Touring Dates: January 12 – April 3, 2016

2015–2016 Season

Welcome to ITC's 40th season! Invite us to come play with you, and let our literature-based productions introduce your kids to a whole new way to learn.

Season Sponsors:

Book by Sarah Brandt

Music and Lyrics by Neal Richardson

Recommended for grades K-3
50 minutes

Available for touring:

Public performances: TOURING ONLY

Relevant Resources from the St. Louis County Library

Check out the St. Louis County Library’s curated resource list for Goldilocks! In it, you’ll find delightful retellings of the Goldilocks fairy tale, children’s books about bears and guides for making new friends.

In this fun new musical take on the well-known tale, Goldilocks learns some much-needed lessons about friendship and acceptance. Freddy, a bear with a penchant for science, likes to spend his time exploring the forest with his friends, at least when they’re not avoiding the troublemaking Goldilocks. She’s got a habit of tormenting all the woodland creatures, but Freddy and his friends just might have an idea for an experiment that’ll change her ways.

The Elves and the Shoemaker
by Sarah Brandt
Music and Lyrics by Neal Richardson

Recommended for all grades and family audiences
50 minutes

Available for touring: November 9–December 23, 2015

Public performances: December 19-23 (Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School)

When a kindly shoemaker gives his only remaining pair of shoes to a cold and hungry beggar woman, he finds his good deed rewarded in unexpected ways. The shoemaker is shocked by the appearance of magic elves who turn his simple shoe shop into a great success, thrilling customers with their special creations. Based on the tale by the Brothers Grimm, this beloved, warm-hearted story is perfect for the holiday season, reminding us that where we find kindness, generosity and hope, anything is possible.

Goodbye Marianne
by Irene Kirstein Watts

Recommended for grades 4-7
55 minutes

Available for touring:

Public performances: TOURING ONLY

In 1938 Berlin, young Marianne Kohn arrives at school to find that Jewish students are no longer permitted, and her life begins to change in frightening ways. Soon friends and loved ones are disappearing, neighborhood shops are being burned, and even Marianne’s father must flee to escape the Gestapo. Based on the author’s childhood experiences in Nazi Germany, Goodbye Marianne is a stirring account of loss and love, and one girl’s bravery in the face of a changing world.

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 Brown Shoe Company, for general support. Thank you.