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By Diane Sieker

Hamilton K-8 drama holds Imagination Machine event


Last updated 3/7/2019 at 7:05pm

Students looked on in wonder as stories they wrote came to life onstage, performed by real actors at The Imagination Machine assembly Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Hamilton K-8 School in Anza.

"Teachers collected stories written by the students and then submitted them to The Imagination Machine where they go through to determine which would be most applicable to turning into a live production. They usually add a bit to the stories but the basic storyline is the student's," Principal Carol Robilotta said. "We've had them at our school in past years and found the children absolutely love this assembly."

According to their website, The Imagination Machine was founded in 1981 in Orange by Deborah Wren. As a classroom teacher and working actress, she saw a way to use her own creative abilities to encourage students to explore their imaginations through creative writing. She developed her concept for The Imagination Machine in order to foster children's ideas. Through this program, students see their own stories come to life onstage. What started with only 14 schools, the program has grown into over 400 schools per year. Now The Imagination Machine can be found throughout the entire state and will soon be expanding its touring company into Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

The Imagination Machine designs a complete production with professional actors, music, props and costumes. The selected student authors also receive a certificate of writing achievement at the end of the presentation.

"Thanks again to PTSA for supporting this valuable literary activity," Robilotta said.

The PTSA supports the Hamilton K-8 students, staff and parents.

To learn more about The Imagination Machine, visit them at

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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