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Announcing our 2017-18 season! 

This year, enjoy our six Mainstage Series productions, three WonderFest shows and guest artists; Caleb Sigmon and PlayPlay! Theatre!

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Mainstage Series

Mary Poppins

Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's

Mary Poppins


Oct. 6 to Oct. 29, 2017
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for ages 6 and older


A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.www.MTIShows.com

 Approximate length: 2 1/2 hours (intermission)

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.
Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin.
 
One of the most popular Disney stories of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a “Practically Perfect” musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins delighted audiences on Broadway. Now, the mysterious nanny flies into Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, where she’ll use a “spoonful of sugar” and a little magic to help the troubled Banks family come together again. Mary Poppins turns England upside down with the help of Burt, Mrs. Corry, park statues and other friends. Join us and the Banks family for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time!
 
The Snowy Day and Other Stories

The Snowy Day and Other Stories

Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2017
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for ages 4 and older


Ezra Jack Keats, author
Jerome Hairston, playwright

 Approximate length: 75 minutes

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m..
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. 
Based on the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book by acclaimed author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day and Other Stories will whisk your family into the classic storybook. This charming, intimate show follows a young boy as he joyfully experiences the first snowfall of the year. Join Peter and his dog, Willie, for a day of exploration and imagination. Fifty-five years since it was originally published, The Snowy Day remains a deeply loved and profoundly influential story. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Nov. 24 to Dec. 23, 2017
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for ages 4 and older


by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner
Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson

 Approximate length: 70 minutes 

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
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.
 
A student cast, many of whom come from Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s School of Theatre Training, performs with professional adult actors.

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

Feb. 2 to Feb. 18, 2018
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for ages 8 and older


by Idris Goodwin

 Approximate length: 80 minutes

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.
At the sound of the bell, young Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man the world will one day know as Muhammad Ali. This vibrant historical drama takes the audience through the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky. And in This Corner: Cassius Clay goes an extra, exhilarating round by exploring how remarkable communities inspire people to greatness.
 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

March 9 to April 15, 2018
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for ages 6 and older


From the story by C.S. Lewis
Dramatized by le Clanché du Rand

 Approximate length: 55 minutes

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m.
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.
Travel through the magical wardrobe to Narnia in this clever two-person adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed tale. Lucy and Peter recount their adventures, portraying each character they met in the faraway land of Narnia. Join the two siblings on their journey as they battle the evil White Witch, meet the mystical Aslan and attempt to save Narnia in this intimate and unique theatrical experience!
 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

April 13 to May 6, 2018
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for ages 4 and older


Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

 Approximate length: 75 minutes

 Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m.
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York City’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, audiences won’t be able to help getting out of their seats to “Move It, Move It!”
 

WonderFest

This fun-filled theatre festival brings our touring shows home for three weekends. The productions are smaller in scale but just as enjoyable! Enjoy our WonderFest shows, sneak a peek at new shows during readings of plays we’re developing and dive into your own theatre-making activities!

Balloonacy

Balloonacy


Jan. 13 to Jan. 28, 2018
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for ages 3 and older


by Barry Kornhauser

 Approximate length: 40 minutes

 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Sunday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.
 

 
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 40-minute 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.
 
Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Jan. 12 to Jan. 28, 2018
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for ages 4 and older


Book by Robert Kauzlaric
Music & Lyrics by George Howe
Based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater

 Approximate length: 60 minutes
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Popper spend his time daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands while Mrs. Popper scrimps and saves to put beans on the table. When a spirited penguin arrives on their doorstep, a new horizon (and flock!) opens before them! Come along for an unforgettable adventure in this 1930s-inspired musical based on the classic book.
 
The Imaginators

The Imaginators

Jan. 13 to Jan. 27, 2018
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for ages 7 and older


by Dwayne Hartford

 Approximate length: 60 minutes
 ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance: Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.
Tim is a playful 9-year-old, while his sister Anne is a serious 10-year-old. When their family moves to a new town, Anne refused to play with Tim fearing the kids in her new school will make fun of her. When Anne and Tim meet the inventive girl next door, Nina Frances Elizabeth Vanderhelden, they have little choice but to join her on an imaginative adventure they’ll never forget. 
 

Guest Artists

Caleb Sigmon Live! Nothing Up My Sleeve

Caleb Sigmon Live! Nothing Up My Sleeve


March 2 to March 4, 2018 
McColl Family Theatre

Recommended for ages 5 and older


 Approximate length: 60 minutes
 
Caleb Sigmon’s one-man illusion show, Nothing Up My Sleeve, is filled with adrenaline-rushing music and a soulful, thrilling storyline. Journey along with Caleb as he combines hilarious and moving stories from his life with spectacular magic. During the show, Caleb makes a daring escape, plays with the weather, predicts the future and then travels back in time, taking the entire audience with him. Nothing Up My Sleeve is a 60-minute show filled with heart and adventure. 
 
This is not your typical magic show. The audience not only experiences the magic, but gets to be a part of it! Join us 30 minutes before the show for an opportunity to examine and investigate special props from the show.  

PlayPlay! Theatre presents Psshh

PlayPlay! Theatre presents Psshh

Aug. 24 to Sept. 2, 2017
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for newborns to 3-year-olds


Written and directed by PlayPlay! Theatre

 Approximate length: 30 minutes
Psshh is the simple story of a boat, a cloud, the sun and water. Sights, sounds and songs engage the audience throughout the performance. Imagination and play are the basis of the performance. Little people and their loved ones experience the story together through their senses. 

PlayPlay! Theatre presents Pocket

PlayPlay! Theatre presents Pocket

May 24 to June 2, 2018
Wells Fargo Playhouse

Recommended for newborns to 3-year-olds


Written and directed by PlayPlay! Theatre

 Approximate length: 30 minutes
Imagination comes alive as PlayPlay! Theatre explores the many surprises we find hidden within our pockets. Discover the connections between thoughts, sounds and words as we play together.