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Amidst the global pandemic, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte had to quickly adapt to provide theatre experiences in a new way. For the first time in the Theatre’s 72-year history, every audience member will have front row tickets - sitting at the edge of their seats from the comfort of their homes. The virtual season consists of three newly-commissioned works, and a fourth that continues the message of compassion and kindness rooted in the Theatre’s work.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will begin its 73rd season in December releasing one show each month, starting with the beloved tale The Velveteen Rabbit . The classic book adapted into a play, tells the story of unconditional love, friendship, and how to be true to oneself. Actors from the Theatre’s Resident Touring Company will star in the roles and bring the stage to the screen. Every show performed at the Theatre will be professionally filmed and available for viewing through Broadway On Demand’s streaming service. Viewers can purchase access to one or all of the shows which includes bios of the cast and creative team plus behind-the-scenes content for a richer theatre experience.

The season continues in 2021 with three shows:

The hip-hop duo, Jay and Will Grimmz, return January for encore performances in GRIMMZ Fairy Tales . Audiences at home can sing and dance to retellings of classic fairy tales remixed by local artists.

In February, audiences are invited to a party full of rainbows, moonbeams, and a bit of magic in My Wonderful Birthday Suit . In this play with music and puppetry, children learn important lessons about understanding and acceptance as friendships are questioned due to comments regarding skin color. Honesty and kindness give the children a real reason to celebrate.

Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba closes the season in March. Commissioned as part of The Kindness Project, the play tells the secrets of two unlikely friends, 11-year-old Daniel who escaped Nazi Germany and 12-year-old Havana native Paloma, and their journey through trying times.

“While the past several months have been challenging for us, they have also granted us some wonderful opportunities to assess our past and look to the hope of a new future. This season is a statement about our continuing commitment to developing new plays and recognizing new voices. It is also a statement about our commitment to representing and celebrating the rich diversity of our community. Finally, and most importantly, it is a look at the world through the wonder and imagination of our young audiences’ eyes as they face the uncertainty and challenge of what it means to be young today.”
– Adam Burke | Artistic Director for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Our country, our citizens, our friends, and our children are suffering right now from bigotry, racism and inequality. Children's Theatre of Charlotte supports and shares the sentiment of our sister organization, Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, when they say:

"The killing of George Floyd should never have happened in this community and in this country. Children’s Theatre Company mourns for George Floyd and grieves with the loved ones he left behind, including his 22-year-old and 6-year-old daughters, and 3-year-old granddaughter. We also grieve with our community, as we struggle together to try and make sense of an all-too-common narrative: a black man dying at the hands of a police officer. Our society must never grow indifferent to this heartbreaking, senseless, and reprehensible loss of life."

Children's Theatre of Charlotte is committed to our mission and The Kindness Project that is at the heart of our work. Children have the right to explore the wonder of their world safely and without fear. We must all work together to have sympathy, create empathy, and be kind. Our children deserve a world without fear and worry. They deserve a world without racism and violence. In short, they deserve better.
In light of ongoing developments involving the COVID-19 pandemic, Children's Theatre of Charlotte canceled all remaining Spring 2020 public, school field trip, and touring performances beginning mid-March, as well as scheduled Mini-Camps, Master Classes, Early Childhood programs, and satellite location Summer Camps through August 2020. Select Summer Camps and 2020-2021 classes moved online, and an enhanced safety and social distancing plan was introduced for all in-person Education programs. Our new week-long mini-camps provide a safe, reliable resource for families looking for creative solutions this school year, combining supervised time for school curriculum and fun theatre activities led by our teaching artists.

For the 2020-21 Season, we have partnered with Broadway On Demand to provide at home and school streaming access to four timely works as the curtain rises virtually on a season of stories centered in community and kindness.

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