Children’s Theatre of Charlotte by Melissa Stoudemayer
Among the many cultural offerings of North Carolina’slargest city is the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, now inits sixty-fifth season. I donated some time to the theatre inhigh school and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
The 2012-2013 season features classics such as You’re aGood Man, Charlie Brown, The Best Christmas PageantEver, The Secret Garden, and The Red Badge ofCourage. Newer attractions include The CommediaPinocchio, magician Sammy Cortino, and Pinkalicious:The Musical.
In addition to performances, the Children’s Theatre offersinstruction at various grade levels. Pre-kindergartenthrough second graders can take part in creativedrama, which includes movement, and for olderstudents, characterization and vocabulary. Children insecond through twelfth grades can join workshops thatencourage individual expression and collaboration.Grades three through twelve also can participate in theSchool of Theatre Training for focused studies andactivities.
The theatre also supports the Taradiddle Players, atouring company that has brought its art to over a millionchildren in the Southeast. Their program includes aspecial tour for ages three to seven.
About the Author: Melissa Stoudemayer has served manyvoluntary organizations, such as Habitat forHumanity, Samaritan’s Purse, Special Olympics, and theCrisis Assistance Ministry, all in Charlotte.