Children’s Theatre of Charlotte was established in 1948 by the Junior League of Charlotte. Its first plays were produced in local school auditoriums with young people and Junior League volunteers as cast members. In 1971, the Theatre moved into a city-owned former VFW club, located at 1017 East Morehead Street. Dedicated volunteers transformed this facility into a working theatre by building a stage, light booth and elevated seating, as well as production spaces, offices and classrooms. In this new home, Children’s Theatre grew into a professional performance company and a beloved Charlotte institution.
After hiring its first Executive Director in 1979, the Theatre took steps to strengthen its administrative and financial base. With stronger management and a committed Board, CTC focused on increasing the professional quality of its performances. The Theatre also began offering educational programming. Today, CTC places equal importance on the production of professional theatre and the offering of educational initiatives, making it unique among national theatres for youth.
In the spring of 1989, the Tarradiddle Players became the Resident Touring Company of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. In existence since 1972, Tarradiddle Players brings live theatre for young people to audiences across the Southeast and beyond, as well as performing on
Children’s Theatre stages.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte opened the door to a new era on October 8, 2005, as it moved from its beloved home on Morehead Street into ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. A nationally unique collaboration between the Theatre and the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, ImaginOn brings stories to life by combining exceptional theatre, literature and programming for young people under one roof. CTC’s first season in ImaginOn brought resounding success, as over 300,000 program participants broke attendance records.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is committed to creating transformational experiences for young people and families while setting a new standard for youth theatre.