When She Had Wings at Imagination Stage


My imaginative nine-year-old daughter Eve and I had the pleasure of attending opening night of a play about, well, an imaginative nine-year-old girl. When She Had Wings is the newest production from Imagination Stage, and this original children’s play helps the theater live up to its name.

While many productions at Imagination Stage are based upon well known books and fables, this is one tells a completely new story, written by Susan Zeder, one of our country’s leading playwrights for young audiences. The premise is a headstrong girl named B. approaches her birthday and decides that she must realize her lifelong ambition to fly before turning ten. The lines blur between fantasy and reality when she is in her treehouse cockpit, reliving the legendary Amelia Earhart’s final flight. When she receives an unexpected visitor after a storm, B. wonders if this odd woman may be her hero, and her inspiration to finally fly!


Eve and I giggled and looked at each other with amusement throughout the play. We really got into the quirkiness of B.’s character. We have been reading Earhart biographies together (a past time I remember from my own childhood; do you remember the Troll children’s biography series?) so we loved the play’s details about her extraordinary life. I appreciated how the play allows children to create their own interpretation of the unfolding of events. A literal kid may interpret the play one way, a more spiritual child may see it another. Eve and I had a beautiful discussion on the way home considering the different viewpoints provided by the whimsical storytelling.

You too can catch When She Had Wings at Imagination Stage through November 1st. Get tickets.


Review tickets provided; no additional compensation received. 

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