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
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company, (formerly known as the Tarradiddle Players) has performed throughout the Southeast for 40 years. The company tours from September through May, annually reaching 83,000 students and teachers as it delivers more than 250 performances in nearly 45 counties, 80 percent of which are considered rural. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte designs these shows toward a wide variety of ages, from as young as kindergarten to as old as eighth grade. Additionally, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers a separate preschool tour for children ages 3 to 5.
Showcasing intimate storytelling at its best, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte performances build on simple but powerful theatrical styles, bringing characters to life with humor, depth and emotional understanding.
Our 2019-20 touring performances include:
Tour available Feb. 3 2020 – Mar. 13 2020
Prices start at $495 per performance
Recommended for ages 2 and older
A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a solitary old man, and suddenly his curmudgeonly life is interrupted. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Themes: friendship, imagination, acceptance
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Tour available Sept 2019 – May 2020
Prices start at $995 per performance
Recommended for K-5th grade
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!
Themes: differing viewpoints, jumping to conclusions
Tour available Sept 2019 – May 2020
Prices start at $995 per performance
Recommended for 3rd-8th grades
Jonathan Small sits in his hospital room recovering from a head injury, bandages covering his eyes. He can’t see but it’s very clear that his friends are not there and no one has come to see him. That is, until, he receives a surprise visit from classmate Hilda, the geeky, overachiever from a different social circle. She challenges Jonathan to join her on a sightless adventure around the room; and within the walls of the hospital, the two form a fast friendship. But when Jonathan is discharged, he returns to his group of friends, ignoring Hilda, and setting a chain of events in motion that affects them all. This smartly-written drama explores the dynamics of friendships formed, lost and regained.
Themes: acceptance, inclusion, influence, friendship
All productions meet specific language and theatre arts curriculum standards. We’ve designed 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.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s productions tour from September – May. In 2019-20, touring productions will include The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and Accidental Friends. The Preschool Tour production, Balloonacy, is available from February 3rd – March 13th. Visit ctcharlotte.org for more information.
As its schedule allows, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte can accommodate show times that best suit schools and booking venues. Typically, the company performs two performances a day: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Evening performance times are also available.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company actors travel with all costumes, set pieces and sound equipment and are proficient at using gyms, multi-purpose rooms and other “non-stage” spaces. Space must be at least 20x20x12.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte travels throughout the region, most frequently in North and South Carolina, but it also tours parts of Georgia and Virginia. With Charlotte as Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s home base, the company spends a significant amount of time in Mecklenburg County.
The Resident Touring Company fee begins at $995. Preschool tour fees begin at $495. Contact Margot Parrot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-973-2808 for more information.
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
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.
In the event the presenter cancels a performance, the presenter will forfeit its $150 deposit. If the cancellation occurs within two weeks of the performance, the presenter remains responsible for 50 percent of the total contracted fee, less the $150 deposit. Cancellations must be made in writing or by email to email@example.com.