Call for Production Staff

Imagine is proud to announce our 2014 Season Call for Production Staff. We seek energetic and dynamic directors, assistant directors, music directors, stage managers, choreographers, costumers, and set designers for our 2014 season. Our current calendar is below – note that audition dates are not confirmed until the director has been selected. Questions can be sent to

La Cage Aux Folles – February 19 – March 2, 2014
Auditions: December 14-15, 2013
Rehearsals: January 1 – February 18, 2014

Rent – May 7-18, 2014
Auditions: March 1-2, 2014
Rehearsals: March 17 – May 6, 2014

Hair – August 6-17, 2014
Auditions: May 31 – June 1, 2014
Rehearsals: June 16 – August 5, 2014

Little Shop of Horrors – October 8-19, 2014
Auditions: August 2-3, 2014
Rehearsals: August 18 – October 7, 2014

For consideration as a Director, please submit a 1-2 page brief summary for each show title you are interested in directing and address these topics: Experience/Knowledge of Show, Directing Style/Expectations, Ideas/Concepts/Resources for Show. Also, please submit your performing arts resume. Priority is given to individuals who have experience directing and/or experience with Imagine Productions and our venue.

For consideration for all other production staff roles, please submit your resume and a brief description of your interests and any experience with the shows. With our educational mission, we want to help mentor and guide anyone interested in learning about production leadership roles. We welcome interest from all members for assistant roles to help with learning toward holding a main production staff role.

Please submit materials to Artistic Director Tim Valentine at Review for directors will begin on September 2 and continue until the roles are filled. We will work with directors to assemble strong production teams. The Artistic Committee may ask to meet with potential production staff to discuss fit for any production.

Imagine Celebrates Allies and Equality

A beautiful day marked Imagine’s first Pride Parade and the theme could not have suited Imagine, or our production of Avenue Q better. Founded on a mission of openness, tolerance and inclusivity, Imagine celebrated with the thousands assembled downtown for Stonewall Columbus’ annual Pride festivities, themed “Allies and Equality”.  The diverse cast of Imagine’s fourth production, Avenue Q, was a giant hit as actors and puppets sang to the hugely receptive audience. The “Avenue Q Theme”, “BA in English/It Sucks to Be Me” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”, featuring the entire cast brought laughs from parade-goers of all ages and the wandering characters posed for pictures with hundreds of fans.  Spectators cheered loudest, though, and joined in singing with their favorite puppet Ally, Avenue Q’s Nicky played by Brandon Boring, as he performed “If You Were Gay”, where he explains to his best buddy Rod, played by Todd Holland, “it’d be okay…I’d like you anyway.” For many cast members, their first experience with Pride was an overwhelmingly positive and moving experience. One commented of the size and attitude of the crowd, “I had no idea… I’m really glad we’re part of this community.”

While the event promoted the upcoming run of Avenue Q, opening at Wall Street Nightclub Wednesday June 20- Sunday July 1, participating in Pride was an honor very close to the heart of Imagine. Community theater brings together great people of all walks of life for the purpose of entertaining and educating through performance. Celebrating  the LGBT community and it’s Allies could not be a better function of our mission.

Special thanks to Wall Street Nightclub, Stonewall Columbus and all who helped us put together the float, especially coordinators President and Vice President of Imagine’s Board, Ed Eblin and Esther Stinson.

Remember to reserve your seats now for Imagine’s Avenue Q. With shows quickly approaching standing room only (and one already there) you’ll want to move fast!

Rod sports the rainbow flag on the Imagine float at the 2012 Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade










Imagine Mourns the Loss of a Family Member

Barb Blankenship, Treasurer of Imagine’s Board and friend to all Central Ohio theater, passed suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 21. A huge supporter of the arts, and always a proud theater mom, Barb also performed with Center Stage Players in 2007’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and in 2010, as Rose in Gypsy. From the start, Barb has been integral to the creation of Imagine Productions and has supported her many friends in the theater community all over Central Ohio for years. Always willing to lend a hand, give advice or a swift kick in the pants where necessary, Barb’s kind heart and straightforward, unassuming friendship were hallmarks of her outstanding presence in our lives. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to her husband Harold, and daughter Ashley as we share the loss of our friend and family member. She will be missed.

A Little Recognition

Imagine Productions would like to congratulate Maria Carcinella Kane. She has been nominated for a Jebby Award for her role as Holly in Imagine’s inaugural show, The Wedding Singer. This is Imagine’s first nominee for a local award and we couldn’t be happier. Special thanks to the founder of The Jebby Awards for supporting the performing arts in the community, for bringing a critical eye to our performances and for recognizing one of our very talented cast members. Hope to see you at the presentation of the awards on March 31st!

Photo courtesy of Christen Graham Photography


New vision, a new venue and a new face for Short North theater troupe.

SHORT NORTH- An air of excitement surrounds the formation of Columbus’ newest theater troupe, operating currently under IMAGINE Productions. Taking over where recently disbanded Center Stage Players left off, IMAGINE will be bringing new vitality to the arts in the Short North, endeavoring to complete the 2011 season with three shows and promote inclusion and empowerment through the arts. Board President Ed Eblin and Executive Director Jim Nothnagel bring their creative leadership to bear on building a troupe whose mission will seek a greater community connection, education, and to nurture a love of theater in performers and audiences alike as a non-profit group with a fully democratic and transparent operating process. Board Members Barb Blankenship, Jim Bouyack, Esther Stinson and Seth Rodgers, all veterans of Columbus area theater, round out a positively exciting creative leadership team.

In keeping with the revitalized troupe’s direction, performances will be moved to Wall Street Night Club, a venue that owner Scot Hafler and manager Jenn Johnson believe will embrace the enthusiasm while engaging the audience through its cabaret arrangement. Patrons of Wall Street can look forward to excellent shows and themed dance nights to tie the fun together. So unpack your spandex and parachute pants, and tease your hair, as IMAGINE’s inaugural show, “The Wedding Singer”, running August 10, 12, 13 & 14 at Wall Street, will begin a season of hilarity. Fall performances of the classic “Rocky Horror Show” are tentatively scheduled to follow at the end of October with open auditions being held on August 27. “Broadway Christmas Carol” will wrap up the season on a comedic high at Club Diversity in December. To keep up with IMAGINE Productions, please like us on facebook. Our mission, open membership meeting schedule, auditions, performances, online seat reservations and available staff positions will be published on our forthcoming website. Whether you want to shine on stage, help backstage or just enjoy a fun evening of theater, IMAGINE Productions is proud to open its doors to you.