In 1993 a group of very talented professional theatre people formed a company in order to stage a production that co-founder Vivienne Atkins had long dreamed of bringing to the Huntsville stage. After viewing a riveting performance of "Sweeney Todd" at a cast party in 1985, Vivienne was motivated to pool the talent and creativity of Huntsville's finest actors and technical artists for the project. The curtain went up, and Independent Musical Productions was born with its premiere production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. There was a company, a fine production, and the potential for a great future.
Since that production, Independent Musical Productions, Inc. has attained non-profit status and has become a member of the Arts Council of Huntsville and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. The membership has expanded and IMP has become an established part of the local community. Many years' worth of splendid productions have followed, yielding not only wonderful talent and high quality performance, but also a wide variety of musical entertainment that has been enjoyed by all of Huntsville's avid theater-goers.
IMP's status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization means that your donations are 100% tax-deductible, and donations are always welcome! Producing large-scale musicals is an expensive operation!
♫ IMP's Mission ♫Independent Musical Productions, Inc. was formed for the purpose of producing top quality musical theatre in the Tennessee Valley area and to promote musical theatre arts in the active life of the community and the area.
IMP's Artistic Directors
Vivienne Atkins, IMP founder. Vivienne was the Coordinator of the Huntsville City Schools' Performing Arts Magnet Program until 2009. Having spent two years in professional theatre before beginning her teaching career, she is active in many community arts organizations and is an eleven-time winner of the Huntsville Arts Council Wings Award for Best Director and Best Production for IMP productions. Other awards include North Alabama Music Educator of the Year, the Arts Administrator of the Year from the Alabama String Teachers' Association, Oakwood University Arts Achievement Award, and the prestigious Virginia Hamill Simms Award for her contributions to the arts. She also served as President of the Alabama Vocal Association and director of the Alabama All-State Show Choir. Vivienne has been involved in three other original productions: Tallu, a work produced by the late James Hatcher of Birmingham for which she served as musical director, stager, and musical arranger; Moondreams, produced by IMP and written by Rhett Parrish, chronicling the historical development of Huntsville as a center of space technology for which she served as editor, stager and director; and an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which enjoyed a successful run of over 20 years by Huntsville's Fantasy Playhouse children's theater, for which she served as script writer, lyricist, and musical director.
Peter-John Sligting. P.J. is no stranger to Huntsville theatre, having performed, directed, produced and even written for almost all of Huntsville's community theatre companies. These days he is not on stage often, and he serves as Co-Artistic Director of IMP. By day P.J. is a Financial Database Administrator at Intergraph Corporation which pays the bills so that he can pursue all his interestes in theatre. Thanks go to Vivienne Atkins, the other Artistic Director of IMP whose mentorship and teaching has made P.J. who he is today.