What's Happening

Recent news and stories - from the stage, behind-the-scenes, in our classrooms, and beyond.

Catching the Moon: A Young Girls Baseball Dream picked for prestigious SC New Play Festival.

Four-day festival features yet-to-be-produced plays and musicals "by today’s hottest playwrights." See it on stage Mar 9-24, 2024
SC New Play FestivalThe second annual festival was held Aug 10-13 across five venues in Greenville and celebrated engaging and dynamic new plays and musicals from across the United States. The festival featured a variety presentation, two staged readings of new plays, a staged reading of a show for young audiences, a staged reading of a new musical, and a cabaret featuring a Broadway star. Additionally, CTC Artistic Director Adam Burke was invited to join a panel during the festival, discussing the post-COVID evolution of American Theater."
FAST FACT: The festival is billed as "a destination event for theater lovers and a unique opportunity for Southeastern audiences to meet the artists and shape the future of American theater."
Sept 2023

CTC Welcomes New Director of Education

EG Engle moves from NY to NC and brings a wealth of experience with her.
EG EngleFor the past 18 years, EG has served in various leadership roles in theater education, including associate director of education at TADA! Youth Theater (NY), drama director at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (SC), and education director at Trustus Theater (SC).
FAST FACT: EG and her husband are proud parents to a new baby boy!
Sept 2023

Balloonacy Wins Fringe Ovation Award

Non-verbal play recognized at South African National Arts Festival
Balloonacy wins awardThe play, being performed by the National Children’s Theatre of South Africa, was recognized for "being a cut above, well received by audiences, and that leave a lasting impression." 
FAST FACT: Balloonacy first premiered at Children's Theatre in 2018.
Aug 2023

An Up-And-Coming Artist Makes Her Mark

Lakeetha Blakeney brings her talent to three shows as a part of the Paige Johnston Thomas Directing Assistantship.
Lakeetha’s resume includes things like actor, Teaching Artist, and playwright to name a few. This season, she donned the hat of Assistant Director for our productions of Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion, The Night Diary, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Assistantship, geared at providing access and education to those facing barriers, gave Lakeetha professional directing experience with theatre for young audiences.
FAST FACT: As the inaugural recipient of the Directing Assistantship, Lakeetha's name lives on a plaque located next to the Box Office.
About Paige Johnston Thomas

Paige Johnston Thomas was a beloved member of Charlotte’s theatre community. As an actor, director, educator, and patron, she worked with and influenced so many of those creating live theatre in Charlotte. Paige's legacy and profound influence in the arts lives on through the Paige Johnston Thomas Directing Assistantship.
May 2023

A Powerful Partnership

Autism Strong Foundation named exclusive sponsor of sensory-friendly performances for 2023-24 season.
Founded on faith and led by inclusion, the Foundation’s mission is to provide the strongest support, community and hope for those touched by autism. This sponsorship will provide access to families to attend all Sensory-Friendly shows at the Theatre.
FAST FACT: Children’s Theatre has offered sensory-friendly shows since 2016.
April 2023

Next Installment of The Kindness Project Planned for Spring 2024

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream inspires kids to dream big.
Catching the MoonThe true story of the Black girl who grew up to become "Toni Stone", the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team, premieres at CTC as part of the 2023-24 season. The creative team held a workshop in July 2022 to kickstart the creative process. The script is being written and design work is underway, and the show hits the stage Mar 9-24, 2024. Get Tickets
FAST FACT: The Kindness Project is an initiative Children’s Theatre of Charlotte launched in 2017 to develop and commission original plays for young audiences that are grounded in actively displaying kindness toward others.
Dec 2022

A New Series Tackles Mental Health

The Front & Center Series brings a powerful touring production to all third graders in the CMS system.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (CTC) and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are collaborating to develop, present and tour an original play focused on mental and social wellness. The tour launches in Fall 2023 and is anticipated to perform in 100 elementary schools within the system. Click here to see all the programs we offer for CMS.
FAST FACT: The idea is inspired by the true story of students being able to share things they wish their teacher knew.
Nov 2022

The Puppetry Journal Gives Praise

The quarterly publication recognized Resident Designer & Crafts Specialist Magda Guichard's talents in a one-page article.
Magda Guichard is a gifted puppet designer and builder with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (CTC). In 2011, she completed her MFA in production and costume design from Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2013, her first season at CTC, she was assigned to create a puppet for The Reluctant Dragon. Later, there was a 20-foot dragon for Shrek the Musical. Read the Puppetry Journal article.
FAST FACT: Magda is a former member of the Charlotte Roller Derby team.
Oct 2022