Why does IMP perform at a high school?
IMP presents most of its musical theatre events in the theaters
new Lee High School at 2500 Meridian Street in Huntsville, AL.
(Our cabaret productions are performed at
Amendment XXI at 123 Northside Square in downtown Huntsville.)
It is often asked why a community theatre group of IMP's caliber chooses
to perform at one of the local high schools. The answer lies in our
search for the highest quality productions and our desire to reach
out to our community and share that quality.
State-of-the-Art Proscenium Main Stage
The Main Stage Theater has all of the technical amenities that make
a professional quality musical production. With a modern and
up-to-date fly system, ample stage space, a true orchestra pit,
and the latest in lighting technology, it is the home of Huntsville
City Schools' Theater and Technical Theater Magnet programs. We are
extremely privileged to be able to perform on this great stage while
at the same time providing an outlet for magnet students to learn and
The Main Stage Theater offers a proscenium stage (a stage area
framed by an outer wall which allows the audience to view the action
like a painting) and seating of approximately 800 audience members.
This size house and proscenium style is comparable to the more
popular production venues in New York City. When comparing the
other venues that are available to the organization in Huntsville,
none match the desirability of the Lee Main Stage Theater for those
reasons. Although the Von Braun Center has two production venues,
it does not offer a theatrical venue with a mid-range seating
capacity for the local community theatre groups that is also a
The Black Box Theater
The Black Box Theater at Lee High School provides just the right
intimate and versatile venue for our smaller productions. Located
next to the Main Stage Theater, its seats are designed to be
moved and set up in different configurations to accommodate any
small theatrical setting. This intimacy gives a "cabaret-like"
feeling to musical revues such as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and
"Smokey Joe's Café".
IMP considers the theatrical works that are produced at the school
to be an outreach to the students that are involved. Lee High
School houses the
performing arts magnet school.
One of its goals is the task of educating the magnet students in the
theatre arts. How better to do that than in a hands-on educational
environment? The Lee High School Magnet students work on each IMP
production as technical and production staff. They are taught how
to put a show together from the ground up and learn the practical
applications for what they are taught in their theatre classrooms
by professional and experienced theatre people. Many Lee High
graduates have gone on to successful careers in acting and technical theatre.
Given the expense involved in producing quality musical theatre
events, cutting production costs plays a big part in maintaining
reasonable ticket prices. The cost involved in producing an event
at other venues is significantly higher than the cost of performing
at Lee High School.
Location and Parking
The new Lee High School is located just 1.5 miles off of I-565 in
Northeast Huntsville at 2500 Meridian Street. Please consult
and click on "Directions" () for turn-by-turn directions on how to
get to the school from wherever you are.
The ease of getting to the theater is a real benefit to our patrons.
Instead of arriving an hour before the show to find parking, patrons
can arrive just 15-20 minutes prior to curtain and have no problem
finding a parking space. Furthermore, parking is free!
Note: IMP productions are usually performed outside of school hours.
Gates 1 and 2 (on Meridian Street) and gate 3 (on Quietdale Drive)
are normally closed at that time. Please use gate 4 on Quietdale
Drive to enter the parking lot. Both venues are accessible via the
courtyard on the north end of the school.