I learned about the Imagination Movers last year when I was in Disney. I’d never heard of them or seen them before but from what I saw the show is a lot of fun and has good value to the audience.
ABOUT THE IMAGINATION MOVERS
Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith are the New Orleans-based Imagination Movers, an alternative rock band for preschoolers and the next big thing to hit Disney Channel in their new Playhouse Disney series of the same name. Though their catchy tunes are expressly written for kids, they strive to make their music equally as enjoyable for parents. Collaboratively written by the four guys, the music covers a variety of genres including old funk, new wave, punk, country, ballads, hip hop, American rock and more, with each Mover bringing his own musical sensibility to the table.
“This is music that parents are not going to get tired of hearing,” said Sascha Penn, executive producer of the series and dad of two young sons. “It’s a throwback to the music that many of today’s young parents grew up listening to – you can hear the influence of bands such as Talking Heads and Beastie Boys in their sound.”
In addition to the music component, a strong curriculum was equally as important to the Movers who created a simple mission statement – they wanted to encourage creativity in kids, model problem solving, promote self-esteem and foster independence, all of which is expressed in their signature phrase – “Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun.”
“The longer I taught the more I saw kids having trouble being creative thinkers,” remarked Durbin. “It was important to promote creative thought and model solving.”
Durbin envisioned the Idea Warehouse symbolizing the brain with the four guys representing the creative process; with the goal being to show children that there are multiple ways to solve a problem. To add their individual personalities into the show, each Mover was given a tool symbolic of their own real life persona. Collins’ “scribble sticks” symbolize his artistic personality and former career as a journalist; Durbin’s “wobble goggles” reflect his former life as an award-winning grade school teacher and his ability to see a situation from all perspectives; Poche has his “gadget hat,” reflecting his crafty personality and former job as an architect; and Smith is charged with his “Journal,” which reflects his adventurous Indiana Jones-like scholarly persona and his real-life role as a New Orleans firefighter.
The Imagination Movers are out on the road touring with their latest show, In A Big Warehouse. The tour will show in nearly every major and mid sized city in the US and runs through May 22nd. There are a couple of shows in New Jersey including one in my area.
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 – Morristown, NJ – The Community Theatre at Mayo Center
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
CJ saw me checking out the website and seemed very interested. Once I saw that I started making plans to attend the April 12th show. After watching a couple of their videos online I admit that I’m looking forward to going too. Take a look.
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