School Shows

School show bookings for the 2022-23 season are on sale now.

Annie








Annie

Book by THOMAS MEEHAN
Music by CHARLES STROUSE
Lyrics by MARTIN CHARNIN
Original Broadway Production Directed by MARTIN CHARNIN
Based on “Little Orphan Annie”® | By Permission of Tribune Content Agency, LLC

Sept 21 - Oct 21, 2022 | McColl Family Theatre | For 1st Grade and up
Note: Two Acts, approx. 2 hours with a "stretch break"

Set in New York City against the backdrop of the Great Depression, little orphan Annie does her best to hang on ‘til tomorrow come what may. After enduring hardship at the hands of evil Miss Hannigan, a new family breathes hope into the heart of everyone’s favorite spunky hero.
Themes: Hope, justice, optimism
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Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart








Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

Written and performed by Mike Wiley

Nov 9-18, 2022 | Wells Fargo Playhouse | For 4th Grade and up
Step back in time and up to the plate as Mike Wiley’s one-man show highlights the triumphs and struggles of baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life. This powerful story takes you from the field where Robinson was adored as a first-rate athlete to beyond the stadium walls where he was treated as a second-hand citizen.
Themes: Courage, perseverance, leadership
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical








The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

By Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner
Adapted from the book by Barbara Robinson
Orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing

Nov. 30 - Dec 15, 2022 | McColl Family Theatre | For 1st Grade and up
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? What if they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? 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.
Themes: Community, traditions, belonging, empathy
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Confessions of a Former Bully








Confessions of a Former Bully

Adapted for the stage by Michelle Hoppe-Long
Based on the books Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig, Illustrated by Beth Adams; and My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig, Illustrated by Abigail Marble

Jan 10-20, 2023 | Wells Fargo Playhouse | For 2nd Grade and up
When Katie, who never considered herself a bully, repeatedly teases classmate Monica, it pushes their friendship to a tipping point. Katie’s hurtful words and behavior lead her to the principal’s office to deal with the consequence of her actions with a counselor. Will she be able to salvage a friendship and regain the trust of her peers? Told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied, this story makes everyone consider how they treat others and want to be treated themselves.
Themes: Bullying, friendship
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Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion








Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion

Book and Lyrics by Jahnna Beecham and Michael J. Hume
Book, Music and Lyrics by Malcolm Hillgartner
Book and Magic by Steve Marshall

Feb 2-17, 2023 | McColl Family Theatre | For 1st - 4th Grades
You won’t believe your eyes as finalists at the 50th anniversary of the Young Masters of Magic competition face-off for the prized Golden Key. Who will win Marvellini’s prized possession that unlocks the secrets to the master magician’s greatest illusions? Don’t miss this brand-new musical where Allie and company keep you wondering - what’s real and what’s magic?
Themes: Magic, mystery, adventure
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Sunjata Kamalenya: The Story of the True Lion King of Africa








Sunjata Kamalenya: The Story of the True Lion King of Africa

Written and Directed by Christopher Parks
Dramaturgy by Erica Nagel
Historical consultant David Conrad
Choreography by Dyane Harvey
Musical composition by Balla Kouyaté

Mar 1-3, 2023 | McColl Family Theatre | For 1st - 6th Grades
When a wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro with a wild prediction, questions are raised. How could a crippled boy and his outcast mother save their nation from an evil warlord? Celebrate the greatest hero of West African culture in this interactive production that takes place in a magical world filled with sorcery and enchantment.
Themes: Overcoming odds, culture
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The Night Diary








The Night Diary

Adapted for the stage by Mukta Phatak
Based on the book THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani

Mar 8-24, 2023 | Wells Fargo Playhouse | For 3rd Grade and up
Twelve-year-old Nisha is half-Muslim and half-Hindu struggling to figure out where she belongs. Her personal conflict deepens as India - the country she lives in - is divided into pieces during the Partition of 1947. When her father decides it’s too dangerous to stay where they are, they embark on a long and dangerous journey as refugees. Told through her journal entries to her mother, this stirring and heartfelt story reminds us that home is more than a place. It’s a feeling and a sense of belonging that comes from within.
Themes: Identity, loss, hopefulness
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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus








Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Based on the book by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script by Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton
Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz

Apr 4 - May 5, 2023 | McColl Family Theatre | For PreK - 2nd Grades
When a persistent pigeon decides he must drive the bus, he’ll stop at nothing to get behind the wheel. Laugh your way through and get ready to shout “No!” as celebrated author Mo Willems' award-winning book comes to life on stage.
Themes: Responsibility, persuasion, accountability
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The Gathering








The Gathering

Created by the Cherokee Historical Association & Presented by Children's Theatre of Charlotte
A play by Marion Waggoner

Apr 18-21, 2023 | Wells Fargo Playhouse | For 5th Grade and up
The relationship of Lizzie and Elon gets off to a rocky start when the two students from totally different walks of life meet at a conference on cultural diversity. By the end of the day, they manage to bridge the gap between understanding life on a Native American Reservation and that of a small mid-western community.
Themes: Native American history, differing perspectives, cultural awareness
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  • High-quality productions of classics, musicals, and new works performed by professional actors.
  • All shows meet specific NC Language and Theatre Arts Curriculum Standards.
  • Resource Guides provided for each show, featuring creative activities that support lesson plans and reinforce curricular connections before and after your field trip.
  • Helpful, friendly staff - plus simple, safe, and organized drop-off and pick-up for buses.
  • Flexible show times with bell schedules in mind.
  • Spaces available at ImaginOn for lunch before or after the show.

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