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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Professional Affiliations

American Alliance for Theatre Education

United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Southeastern Theatre Conference

North Carolina Theatre Conference

Metrolina Theatre Association

“The city's leading
professional troupe...”
- The Charlotte Observer

“Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
is fast growing into its role
as the city’s flagship troupe …”
- SouthPark Magazine

“I would say that the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is the finest children’s theatre in the United States. There is no question. We hear that from our peers across the country, that [they are] setting the standard…”
- Robert Bush, Arts & Science Council, on Charlotte Talks

“In America, there are some splendid children’s theatre buildings...
The most exciting of all is in North Carolina. Three years ago, the
60-year-old Children’s Theatre of Charlotte opened their wonderful
new building called IMAGINON. It’s an amazing facility… a model that should be admired, envied and hopefully imitated world-wide.”

– David Wood O.B.E.
England’s “national children’s dramatist’ (The London Times)

Education students

Awards and Recognition

Charlotte Parent 2012 Readers' Favorite:
Best Live Performance
2012 Reader's Faborite

Livibility Top TenLivibility.com
Top Ten Libraries for Children

#1 - ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center

"Repeatedly, ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, NC, got the most mention alongside phrases such as "excellent programs and environments for kids." This colorful, 102,000-square-foot facility opened in 2005 to serve area youth of all ages. Since ImaginOn is a partnership between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, both the programming and the facility itself instill appreciation for drama and literature..." Read the full article.


ARTS à la Mode -- Theatre Recognition Awards 2011

HATS OFF

Tarradiddle Players
Can you imagine traveling so much to bring entertainment to kids at schools all over the area and even out of the area?

ADAPTATION

How I Became a Pirate
From the book by South Carolina author Melinda Long, play by Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers. A wonderful imagining.

EXCELLENCE

Children's Theatre of Charlotte
They offer everything from Dejembe Fire to Salsa Cinderella to shows about Anne Frank .

DIRECTORS

Alan Poindexter, James Yost, Jen Band, Mark Sutton, Corey Mitchell, Steven Ivey, Craig Kolkebeck, Nicia Carla, Sidney Horton, Ron Chisholm
Working with children/teens is a special art. They have to like you!

YOUNG ACTORS TO WATCH

Rachel Tate, Ashton Guthrie, Tanner Agle, Sam Faulkner, Ian Fermy, Aubrey McGrath, Isaac Josephal, Savannah Devore, Brooke Feinglass, and many more coming up.
All are terrific, some are leaving us to go to college. It's been a pleasure watching them grow into fine actors.

FAVORITES

OnStage and Ensemble Company
These are the kids shows where the children and teens perform. It makes you feel hopeful about the future of theatre.

IN THE MOMENT

To Those Who Have & Will Cast & Work with Young Actors
Thank you for awakening the magic in them and giving them the chance to bring it to all of us.


Creative Loafing Best of Charlotte 2011:
Best Promoter of Family Values

"For a couple of years, Charlotte’s most successful theater company seemed to be devolving, producing a string of plastic, instantly disposable kiddie musicals that babysat more than they educated. Now they’re back on message, with such work as Treasure Island, And Then They Came for Me..., and Scrooge! - and back on mission, identifying and revivifying the classics. They may be the best anywhere at what they do, and their mighty teen program is far better than this city deserves, with sterling productions of Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies in the past couple of years. While our local libraries are stumbling to stay open, Children’s Theatre is the blazing heart of what makes the ImaginOn synergy so glorious, the best reason for families to go to a Charlotte library..." - Perry Tannenbaum, Theatre Critic
Creative Loafing Best of Charlotte 2011

Charlotte Parent 2011 Readers' Favorite:
Best Live Performance

 


Creative LoafingCreative Loafing Charlotte’s 2010 Theatre Awards

Company of the Year
Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor of the Year
Mark Sutton

MUSICAL
Best Musical: Scrooge!
Best Actor: Mark Sutton – Scrooge! (Ebenezer Scrooge)

DRAMA
Best Drama: Treasure Island
Best Male Cameo: James Dracy – Treasure Island (Blind Pew/Israel Hands)

TECH
Best Set Designer: Bob Croghan – Treasure Island
Best Prop Designer: Peter Smeal – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Treasure Island, Goodnight Moon
Best Lighting Designer: David Fillmore, Jr. – Scrooge!

Top 20
2. Treasure Island
4. Scrooge!
15. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing


 

USITT DeGaetani Award
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte was recently honored as the winner of the 2011 Thomas DeGaetani Award by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Named in honor of the first USITT president, the Thomas DeGaetani Award honors an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performing arts or entertainment industry by an individual or a performing arts/entertainment-focused organization. In presenting Children’s Theatre of Charlotte with the award, USITT President Joe Aldridge recognized the Theatre’s many years of enriching the lives of young people by engaging them in the world of live theatre.
USITT

7th Annual MTA Awards

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte had a strong showing at this year’s Metrolina Theatre Awards, with over 40 nominations. Here’s a breakdown of the nominations, with the winners noted in red:

COMEDY

Outstanding Production
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Outstanding Lead Actor - Male
Ashby Blakely (Peter) - Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Outstanding Lead Actor - Female
Nicia Carla (Mouse) - If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
Outstanding Cameo
Eric O'Neill (William) - As You Like It
Matt Cosper - As You Like It
Nicia Carla - Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Outstanding Set Design
Bob Croghan - If You Take A Mouse to the Movies
Outstanding Lighting Design
Eric Winkenwerder - Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Outstanding Sound Design
Elisheba Ittoop - Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Van Coble, Jr. - If You Take A Mouse to the Movies
Outstanding Properties Design
Peter Smeal - If You Take A Mouse to the Movies
Peter Smeal - Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Other Exemplary Performance/Element
Ensemble - outstanding ensemble - As You Like It

DRAMA

Outstanding Lead Actor - Male
Mark Sutton (Long John Silver) - Treasure Island
Salvador Garcia (Nick) - New Kid
Outstanding Direction
Alan Poindexter - Treasure Island
Outstanding Set Design
Bob Croghan - Treasure Island
Outstanding Costume Design
Bob Croghan - Treasure Island
Outstanding Lighting Design
David Fillmore, Jr. - Treasure Island
Outstanding Sound Design
Van Coble, Jr. - Treasure Island
Outstanding Properties Design
Peter Smeal - Treasure Island
Outstanding Musical Direction/Conducting
Drina Keen - Treasure Island
Outstanding Original Musical Composition
Elisheba Ittoop - Treasure Island
Outstanding Special Technical Effect
James Dracy - Peg leg effect for Long John Silver
- Treasure Island

MUSICAL

Outstanding Production
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Male
Jon Parker Douglas (Lefou) - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Matthew Keffer (Gaston) - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Cameo
Steven Ivey (Monsieur D’Arque
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Direction
Alan Poindexter - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Set Design
Ryan Wineinger - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Ryan Wineinger - Goodnight Moon
Outstanding Costume Design
Connie Furr Soloman - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Jennifer Matthews - Goodnight Moon
Outstanding Lighting Design
David Fillmore, Jr. - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Eric Winkenwerder - Goodnight Moon
Outstanding Sound Design
Elisheba Ittoop - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Elisheba Ittoop - Goodnight Moon
Outstanding Properties Design
Peter Smeal - Goodnight Moon
Peter Smeal - Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Peter Smeal - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Musical Direction/Conducting
Drina Keen - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Special Technical Effect
Jay Thomas - use of projections to imitate puppet theatre
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Peter Smeal - the design of the three digging machines
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Peter Smeal - the rose petals falling
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Van Coble, Jr. - clock face and moon video elements
- Goodnight Moon

SPECIAL EVENT
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Male
JR Adduci (Mr. Meanie) - Mouse Tails


Creative Loafing 2009 Theatre Awards
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte brought home 8 Awards from Creative Loafing in their annual picks for the best theatre, including two shows mentioned in the Sweet 16. This year’s award winners are:

Actress of the Year
Caroline Bower
Director of the Year
Alan Poindexter
Best Musical
Beauty and the Beast
Best Actor
Sean Watkins - Beauty and the Beast (The Beast)
Best Actress
Caroline Bower - Beauty and the Beast (Belle)
Best Director
Alan Poindexter - Beauty and the Beast
Best Conductor/Music Director
Drina Keen -- A Year With Frog and Toad, Beauty and the Beast
Newcomer of the Year
Salvador Garcia
CL’s SWEET 16
No 4. Beauty and the Beast
No 14. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

The Mecklenburg County division of the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has awarded $30,000 to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to support our Drama for Healthy Living Program. The program highlights the dangers of substance abuse with an engaging theatre piece called Liars, which will be performed for all eighth-graders throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools during the 2011-12 school year.

 

Meck ABC Board
The Women's Impact Fund has awarded $62,000 to Children's Theatre of Charlotte to develop an Early Childhood Global Theatre series featuring the Theatre's Resident Touring Company, the Tarradiddle Players. The mission of the Women's Impact Fund is to maximize women's leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions, and strengthening communities though the impact of collective giving. The Women's Impact Fund is designed to achieve greater levels of community impact by building an inclusive membership of women interested in the power of collective giving. The Women's Impact Fund funds projects that: 1) address emerging community issues and/or 2) apply creative, substantive approaches to critical community needs. To date,the Women's Impact Fund has donated $2.1 million to worthy causes.
Women's Impact Fund

Charlotte Parent Award logoBest Live Performance
2010 Charlotte Parent Family Favorites

Best Enrichment Program
Charlotte Magazine 2010 "Best of the Best" Awards
"Give those drama queens and kings a creative outlet or help shy guys and girls come out of their shells via Children's Theatre of Charlotte's classes and camps taught by actors at uptown's ImaginOn, as well as satellite locations in Ballantyne and Davidson. Programs for the youngest players—in the three- to six-years-old group -- are especially popular, but the theater also offers more intensive training for kids in fourth grade and higher who are serious about a career as a thespian."

BOB AwardsReaders' Choice - Best Performing Arts Company
Editors' Choice - Best Kid Friendly Cultural Outing

Charlotte Magazine 2009 "Best of the Best" Awards

2008 Medallion Award - Children's Theatre Foundation
Children’s Theatre Foundation of America acknowledged the quality of our staff, artistic standards, and the extent of our ever-growing audience, as well as our unique collaborative venture with the Public Library in the creation of ImaginOn.  As the recipient of this award, we join other nationally-known winners such as Charles Schultz and the Peanuts Gang, Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Dr. Seuss.

2008 Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award - NC Center for Nonprofits
Children's Theatre of Charlotte was named one of three statewide recipients of this award, which honors organizations that exhibit exemplary stewardship of the resources entrusted to them. In particular, the Center recognized our careful stewardship of financial, human, and natural resources in reaching new audiences, our high priority placed on active and accountable board membership, and significant level of support for our employees.

Selected Partner - US Airways New Plays Festival for Families
Children’s Theatre, along with Childsplay in Phoenix, AZ and People’s Light and Theatre in Malvern, PA, were winners of a single national grant from US Airways with a joint proposal to create a two-year new play festival for families entitled Imagination Begins with US!

NC Arts Council cARTwheels Grant Recipient
The North Carolina Arts Council selected Children’s Theatre as one of seven professional arts organizations in the state to participate in the 2007-2008 cARTwheels Educational Touring Program, an initiative that provides live arts experiences to school children in primarily rural counties across North Carolina.

Best Place For A Family Outing
Creative Loafing, 2008 Best of Issue

Financial Excellence in Culture Award
In January 2007, we received the inaugural Financial Excellence in Culture Award presented by Stanford Group Company in partnership with the Arts & Science Council. The initiative recognizes and rewards a cultural organization that demonstrates exemplary financial management.

McColl Award - Arts and Science Council
Following a rigorous application process,Children’s Theatre was presented with the 2007 McColl Award by the Arts and Science Council.  Named for Hugh McColl, former CEO of Bank of America and his wife, Jane, the award supports a single arts organization in the creation of a new work for the community.

Community Service Award - Leadership Charlotte
Leadership Charlotte’s 2006 Legacy Awards honored ENCORE! with the Community Service Award, presented to an organization that displays creativity and innovation in enriching the quality of life in the community.

Sara Spencer Award - Southeastern Theatre Conference
Children’s Theatre received the 2006 Sara Spencer Award, awarded annually by the Southeastern Theatre Conference to a youth theatre in recognition for distinctive achievements in the field.

George Parides Professional Theatre Award - NC Theatre Conference
Children's Theatre of Charlotte was selected as the winner of 2005 George Parides Professional Theatre Award presented to an outstanding North Carolina professional theatre by the NC Theatre Conference.

Spirit Award
Our Advisory Board Chair, Robin Branstrom, and ENCORE! were recipients of a 2005 Spirit Award, honoring community members whose contributions of time, talent or resources enhance the relevance and vitality of the arts in Charlotte.

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