Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Children's Theatre of Charlotte

At Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, we create exceptional theatre experiences, inspiring generations to explore the wonder of their world.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a national leader among theatres for young audiences, placing equal emphasis on professional productions and innovative educational initiatives. As the largest and most comprehensive professional theatre company in North Carolina devoted to serving youth, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is considered an integral part of the theatre and arts education landscape of the Southeast. Annually serving more than 300,000 young people and families, we’re dedicated to developing the potential in all young people, maintaining strong artistic professionalism and serving a diverse audience ethnically, economically and geographically.

Each season, we mount productions for public and school audiences and provide educational programming at our facility and satellite locations throughout Mecklenburg County. Our Resident Touring Company takes the magic of live theatre to primarily rural areas throughout the Southeast. Designing initiatives with our county’s students in mind, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have been programmatic partners for more than 30 years. In-school programs place specialists in classrooms to use drama as a vehicle for teaching core curricula subjects and after-school enrichment programs take theatre instruction to students across the county.

We subsidize two-thirds of ticket costs for our school audiences, making live theatre a viable option for all of our region’s students. Through our Community Involvement Program we provide ticket and class scholarships for underserved young people and conduct no-cost theatre arts programming in community sites and shelters.

From stage to classroom, our work is supported by a staff of professional artists, educators and administrators to ensure it is of the highest caliber and relevance.


  300 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202




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Program description

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a professional theatre company serving young people and families. It selects scripts for artistic merit, audience appeal, curricular ties, variety of ages served, themes explored, diversity of programming and ties to our mission. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte hires professional directors, actors and designers from around the country. Additionally, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte employs a full production staff to build sets, design costumes and more. As stated in its core values, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is dedicated to excellence. It strives for professionalism and outstanding artistry in all its efforts.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers weekday performances of professionally produced plays and musicals for school audiences. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s home at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center features two performance spaces, the 550-seat McColl Family Theatre and the 250-seat Wells Fargo Playhouse. Serving a wide age range, these productions have set a new standard for professional theatre in our region. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s 2019-20 season features:


Peter Pan

Oct. 2-30

Recommended for 1st Grade and older
Two Acts, approx 2.5 hours
$16 per ticket (includes tax)
McColl Family Theatre in ImaginOn

Fly to new heights in the Tony Award-winning musical that never gets old. Join Peter as he whisks the Darling children off to Neverland in a story filled with magic, delight and adventure. Together, with the help of everyone’s favorite fairy sidekick Tinkerbell, they’ll face-off against crocodiles, evil pirates and the villainous Captain Hook. With a sprinkle of pixie dust and a dash of imagination, Peter Pan will awaken the child in us all.


The Invisible Boy

Oct 30-Nov 22

Recommended for 1st Grade through 4th Grade
$13 per tickets (includes tax)
Wells Fargo Playhouse in ImaginOn

Meet Brian. No one notices him. No one includes him. He just feels invisible. But everything suddenly changes when a new student named Justin arrives. A bit of creativity helps form a new friendship, unleashing Brian’s lively personality and vivid imagination. This high-spirited musical, complete with fun songs and heartfelt humor, will help us all discover the possibilities that begin with a simple act of kindness.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Dec 4-20

Recommended for 1st Grade and older
$15 per ticket (includes tax)
McColl Family Theatre in ImaginOn

Back by popular demand is Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time! The Herdmans are ready to wreak havoc! What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This could be the worst pageant ever… if it even happens! This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as we celebrate the holidays. In this production, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte casts age-appropriate roles, many of whom are from its School of Theatre Training.


The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Dec 10-Jan 24

Recommended for Pre-K through 2nd Grade
$13 per ticket (includes tax)
Wells Fargo Playhouse in ImaginOn

You know the story. Three pigs build houses, the one who builds with bricks avoids the Big Bad Wolf and lives to tell the tale. But is that what really happened, or just porcine propaganda? In this brilliant parody of the famous fairy tale, we follow the Big Bad Wolf as he stands trial for his purported deeds. He has his own version of the story – and the audience becomes the jury, helping decide his fate: guilty or not guilty! Based on John Scieszka’s wildly popular book, this courtroom-farce-meets-musical is sure to please…it would be a crime to miss it!


Akeelah and the Bee

Jan 29-Feb 14

Recommended for 3rd Grade and older
Two Acts, approx 2.5 hours
$16 per ticket (includes tax)
Wells Fargo Playhouse in ImaginOn

Life for 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson isn’t easy, especially after losing her father and growing up in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. Akeelah finds school boring and doesn’t apply herself even though she’s academically gifted. Through the encouragement of teachers and the coaching of a special mentor, she conquers the regional bee and sets her sights on the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But will she overcome her own self-doubt and the pressures of her personal life to bring home the prestigious honor? This uplifting, family-centric story celebrates “winning” in more ways than one.


GRIMMZ Fairy Tales

Feb 19-Mar 13

Recommended for 1st Grade through 4th Grade
$13 per ticket (includes tax)
McColl Family Theatre in ImaginOn

Jay and Will Grimmz, the hip-hop fable story dance-pop sensation, have come back home to the city where they grew up to give a concert. They’re known not just for their sounds but for their powerful storytelling, an inventive remix of familiar classics. The brothers put a modern spin on valuable life lessons in Snow White and the Seven Shawties, Down with Rapunzel, Hanzel & Gretel: Lost in the Hood, and their featured first Granny-winning song, Break, Cinderella, Break! Pay your bling, hear them sing and get ready to drop the mic in this unforgettable theatrical experience.


Havana Hop

Feb 27-28

Recommended for Pre-K through 2nd Grade
$10 per ticket (includes tax)
McColl Family Theatre in ImaginOn

This Cuban-inspired one-woman show fuses a young girl’s passion with culture and family history. Creator Paige Hernandez introduces us to multiple characters using props, music, dance and costumes on a journey that’s as exciting as it is enlightening. Audiences will have the opportunity to participate in this fun-filled show.


Dragons Love Tacos

Apr 1-May 1

Recommended for Pre-K through 2nd Grade
$13 per ticket (includes tax)
McColl Family Theatre in ImaginOn

What could go wrong when you give a dragon spicy salsa? EVERYTHING. The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon comes to life in a big way as the taco party of all taco parties literally brings down the house. This deliciously funny story will have you laughing out loud and wishing you read the fine print more closely: Now Made with Spicy Jalapeno Peppers.


Afflicted: Daughters of Salem

Apr 21-24

Recommended for 6th Grade and older
$12 per ticket (includes tax)
Wells Fargo Playhouse in ImaginOn

In a time when singing, dancing and indulgence were forbidden, fears ran wild in the New England society. Five girls coming of age in Salem Village make a pact to stay bonded as sisters in a secret society. But peer pressure and politics weigh heavily on the shoulders of Abigail, Ann, Mercy, Mary and Betty. This powerful telling of the circumstances preceding the Salem witch trials exposes a powder keg environment that ignites a series of dark events the world will never forget.


All productions meet specific language and theatre arts curriculum standards. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has designed teacher resource guides, which provide innovative connections to additional Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards, to complement each production, deepen the theatre experience, extend the educational value and spark classroom conversations. Guides include information about the author/playwright, discussion questions, vocabulary words, recommended reading lists and engaging activities.

Convenient bus lane and other amenities help field trips go smoothly and efficiently. An average of 350 schools from Mecklenburg and 19 surrounding counties bring their students to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to experience the magic of live professional theatre.

Booking / scheduling contact

Dallas Morris


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Assembly/Performance
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s school performances run from October through April. Our productions offer memorable, educational field trips for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Visit for more information.

Available times:

Performance times vary by show, but generally school shows are 9:30/9:45 am and 11:30/11:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Performance times are generally 60-90 minutes on average. Peter Pan and Akeelah and the Bee run 2 1/2 hours.

Length of program: 60-90 minutes on average

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is located in ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in the heart of uptown Charlotte. In this 102,000-square-foot facility, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte enjoys two performance spaces: McColl Family Theatre, a 550-seat fully-equipped theatre, and Wells Fargo Playhouse, a 250-seat intimate theatre space.

Fees / Ticketing:

Field trip tickets are $10 to $16 per person (students, teachers, and chaperones all require tickets) depending on the production.  School performances are for groups of 20 or more. Infants and children 4 years of age and younger are not permitted.


NC Standard Course of Study:

  SL2: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.   RL2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.   RL7: Analyze the extent to which a live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.  

NC Essential Standards:

  From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts Standards:   4.A.1.2: Critique choices made about characters, settings and events as seen or portrayed in formal and information productions.   3.CU.2.1: Illustrate theatre etiquette appropriate to the performance situation.   2.AE.1.2: Understand how the use of costumes, props and masks enhance dramatic play.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your reservation in full eight weeks prior to your scheduled performance. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to We’re happy to work with you to reschedule your group to another performance if space is available.