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Children’s Theatre of Charlotte invites your school to join us as we celebrate our 71 season! Audiences and critics continue to praise our shows, and our school performances offer an educational and entertaining field trip with meaningful curricular connections for your students.

All our productions meet specific North Carolina Language and Theatre Arts Curriculum Standards. In fact, we even provide you Resource Guides prior to your field trip that detail the specific curricular ties. These free guides feature creative activities to help support teachers’ lesson plans and reinforce curricular connections before and after your field trip. Links to each show's Resource Guide will be added here as they are completed.

We expect many of our 2018-19 productions to sell out quickly. Reserve your space while you can!
 
School Performance Notes:
  • School performances are for student groups of 20 or more.
  • Tickets for our 2018-19 season range from $9 to $12 per person, tax included.
  • Adults, including teachers, must purchase a ticket and be included in the total reservation.
  • No children 3 years of age or younger are permitted to attend school performances.
  • Click here to read the full School Performance Terms and Conditions.
For more booking details, see our School Performances FAQs - you may also email or call School Performance Coordinator, Arlethia Hailstock at 704-973-2829.

Matilda

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
 
Oct. 4 to Oct. 19, 2018
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for First Grade and older
 
Book by Dennis Kelly | Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin | Orchestrations and Additional Music by Chris Nightingale | Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this full-length Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a precocious – and powerful – girl who immerses herself in books. Unfortunately, Matilda’s parents don’t understand why she’d rather read than watch television. Even worse, the headmistress at her school, Miss Trunchbull, a wicked and outrageous beast of a woman, intends to make Matilda’s life miserable. Matilda uses the magical powers she discovers within herself to create a better life for both her and her loving protector and teacher, Miss Honey.

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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street
 
Oct. 31 - Nov. 16, 2018
Wells Fargo Playhouse
Recommended for Kindergarten through Second Grade
WORLD PREMIERE - Part of the Kindness Project
 
By Matt de la Pena, Illustrated by Christian Robinson | Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal | Adapted for the stage by Gloria Bond Clunie
This New York Times-bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning book makes its world premiere! After church every Sunday, CJ and his Nana board the bus for a trip across town. But one day, CJ asks why don’t they own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the other boys on the bus? And why do they have to make the same trip every Sunday? In this powerful look at the beauty all around us, Nana helps CJ begin to experience the world from a whole new perspective by teaching him to listen with more than just his ears.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
 
Nov. 28 to Dec. 14, 2018
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for First Grade and older
By Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner Adapted from the book by Barbara Robinson
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.

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Spelling 2-5-5

Spelling 2-5-5
 
Dec. 4 to Dec. 14
Wells Fargo Playhouse
Recommended for Third Grade and older
 
By Jennifer Overton
Have you ever wanted to be a star? Simon’s a terrific speller, and now he has a chance to shine as a contestant on a televised spelling bee. Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he’s also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage as Simon faces choices about his role as the protective big brother and his desire to gain celebrity status.

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Spelling 2-5-5

Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
 
Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, 2019
Wells Fargo Playhouse
Recommended for Pre-K through Second Grade
WORLD PREMIERE
 
Based on the books by Megan McDonald | Adapted by Allison Gregory
Judy Moody takes the stage in this adventure-filled world-premiere adaptation of the incredibly popular Megan McDonald books. Judy and her brother, Stink, set sail to find Scurvy Sam’s secret pirate treasure. To find the loot, they’ll have to race their swashbuckling rivals, Tall Boy and Smart Girl, to see who reaches the treasure first! Come along on this high-seas adventure, matey, and help Judy Moody and Stink solve the clues and codes to find the secret treasure.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents this world-premiere production in a shared commission with Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, Maryland; Bay Area Children’s Theatre in Oakland, California; First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Oregon Children’s Theatre in Portland, Oregon; Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando, Florida and the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Bob Marley's Three Little Birds

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
 
Feb. 6 to Feb. 22, 2019
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for First Grade and older
 
Based on a story by Cedella Marley | Music & Lyrics by Bob Marley | Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt | Arrangements, Orchestrations, Additional Music & Lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II
Inspired by the music of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, this jammin’ show takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica. Three little birds share their sweet songs with Ziggy, a shy child who’s content on seeing the world from his television inside the safety of his own room. Ziggy’s friend Nansi, though, encourages him to venture outside his room and experience Jamaica. But Ziggy’s afraid of hurricanes, mongooses and, most of all, the voodoo villain Duppy, who steals the hair of children. The music of the one and only Bob Marley weaves through the friends’ adventures in this reggae-infused musical.

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Step Afrika!

Guest Artist: Step Afrika!
 
Mar. 6 to Mar. 8, 2019
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for First Grade and older
 
C. Brian Williams, Executive Director
Step Afrika!, founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, now ranks as one of the United States’ top-10 African-American dance companies. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

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The Ghost of Spinter Cove

The Ghost of Splinter Cove
 
Mar. 20 to Apr. 5, 2019
Wells Fargo Playhouse
Recommended for Third Grade and older
WORLD PREMIERE
 
By Steven Dietz
Nate and Cora’s family has a secret. One night while the siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, this secret unearths a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover things about both their family and themselves that will change them forever. The Ghost of Splinter Cove conjures a world of mystery in the wilderness but be careful – you may get lost in what’s real and what’s not.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte collaborated to create The Second Story Project, a unique commissioning of two plays by the same playwright, written with an interwoven theme. Both plays are set in the same house on the same evening but take place on different levels. The Ghost of Splinter Cove has young people at the center of the story. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s companion piece, The Great Beyond, takes place on the house’s main floor from the point of view of the family’s adults. Both plays are independent and stand on their own. However, audiences will gain a deeper understanding of the characters and storylines by experiencing both plays.

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Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat
 
Apr. 9 to May 3, 2019
McColl Family Theatre
Recommended for Pre-K through Second Grade
 
Based on the PETE THE CAT series of books by Kimberly and James Dean | Music by Will Aronson | Books & Lyrics by Sarah Hammond
Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the family’s world with his strumming and strutting. Everybody loves Pete the Cat, well, everyone except Jimmy, the planet’s most organized second-grader. That all changes, of course, when Pete the Cat takes Jimmy on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip.

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Picaro

Picaro
 
April 25 and 26, 2019
Wells Fargo Playhouse
Recommended for Kindergarten through Second Grade
WORLD PREMIERE
 
Created by CarlosAlexis Cruz
Drawing from Central and South American folklore, this one-man show from accomplished circus acrobat CarlosAlexis Cruz follows a young boy who flees Guatemala and heads toward the United States for a better life. This powerful show combines the art of physical theatre, aerial arts and clown theatre to create a visually engaging show that depicts the common humanity we all share as immigrants.

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