Imagination Stage plans two world premieres for its young audiences


"The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" coming to Imagination Stage (Courtesy of Imagination Stage)

Audiences have to wait until June 20 through August 12, 2012 for this work. The libretto and lyrics are being developed by Janet Stanford, Imagination’s artistic director. Septime Webre and David Palmer are doing the choreography, with music by Matthew Pierce. Stanford will direct.

The other world premiere is a hip-hop musical, “P.Nokio,” by Psalmayene 24. Nick Hernandez is doing the music and Psalmayene 24 will direct. The story follows P. Nokio, a character in a computer game who escapes the screen. The musical is scheduled for February 1 through March 11, 2012.

Imagination announced five plays for the next season. Starting September 30, the group will do “Aladdin’s Luck,” with music and movement by Stanford. The next production, from November 22 to January 8 is “Dr. Dolittle,” with a book and lyrics by Mark St. Germain. The music and lyrics are by Randy Courts. Rob McQuay has the title role.

Following “P. Nokio” is another classic story “Rapunzel.” Scheduled for April 4 through May 20, the book and lyrics are by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The music is by Michael Skloff and Kathryn Chase Bryer will direct.

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