The Kindness ProjectWhen zookeeper Amos McGee, the friendly and familiar title character in our 71st season-ending show, A Sick Day for Amos McGee , sits and stays with a particularly shy penguin or lends a handkerchief to a sneezy rhinoceros, audiences experience a powerful movement hidden behind ordinary, everyday actions: kindness. When Amos reads a bedtime story to an owl who’s afraid of the dark, it’s not simply about the story he reads. It’s about the kindness he shows to his friend, the owl, who we might add, looks a great deal differently than does Amos.
It's a powerful message – showing kindness to everyone and everything no matter how different we are. And we’re inviting you on this journey to create a kinder world together.
With this season, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte launches a unique endeavor, The Kindness Project. It's centered around four world-premiere plays we commissioned: two in our 2018-2019 season, Last Stop on Market Street and A Sick Day for Amos McGee , The Invisible Boy in our 2019-2020 season, and Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba in our 2020-2021 season. Each of these stories features kindness as the central theme. We’ve invested in this project because we recognize the power simple acts of kindness hold. And we did this for one simple reason: to spread kindness wherever we can and to encourage children to, like Amos, act kindly toward others.
We’ve created a special bracelet that you and your family can request - for free - and wear as a reminder and a symbol to be kind, spread kindness and live kindly. That might mean bringing a neighbor’s newspaper to his or her door. It might mean volunteering in a classroom or paying for the coffee of the person in line behind you. Or, if you’re lucky like Amos the zookeeper, it might mean playing chess with an intelligent elephant. To request free bracelets for your family, please email us and include your mailing address and how many bracelets you'd like.
We want kindness to spread far from just on our stage. So, in your travels, or wherever life takes you, take a photo wearing these bracelets and upload them to your favorite social media platform explaining how you wove kindness into your day, the kindness someone showed to you or even just an act of kindness you saw. Use #CTCKindnessProject so we can share these photos as well. You may also submit photos and stories directly to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte by clicking on the button below. We’ll collect these and display them on a Kindness Wall at ImaginOn throughout the upcoming seasons.
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Kindness is a team effort. We hope you’ll join us.
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