Maybe it goes without saying that a theater company is creative by definition. But we believe Enchantment takes it one giant step further by operating based on a value called imagination. Producing high quality children’s theater takes extraordinary imagination to best combine an array of arts, including traditional theater as well as mime, mask work, puppetry, and always, great story telling. Enchantment does this by the highly creative way it brings together the old and new with the best of Eastern and Western theatrical techniques. We believe imagination also means being completely open to new ways of doing things, both on stage, in the classroom, and even behind the stage curtain. In the case of The Velveteen Rabbit, it means adding dimensions to a book to make it theatrical in the most imaginative way. This is also true for one of our newest productions, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, which we adapted from the book by William Steig.
In fact, one of our established company beliefs affirms, “We have a responsibility to nurture, honor and respect the imagination of our audience.” We also know that combining different art forms in exciting and creative ways can stimulate children’s imaginations and get them seeing the world differently. One young attendee at a recent Enchantment production said that he learned from the show, “If you use your imagination, things might turn out better.”