Children’s Theatre gets grant, adds reserved seating

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has announced two pieces of good news this month – one good for them, one good for audiences.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has given CTC $100,000 to expand its national residency program over the next two years. Artistic director Adam Burke will use the money to invite directors and designers from around the country to work with the company.

For instance, CTC will work with Christopher Parks of Experiential Theatre Company in New Jersey on a new interactive version of “The Wizard of Oz,” entitled “Journey to Oz.” CTC will also hire Michael Bobbitt, producing artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC in Maryland, to direct a rock concert version of “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

Meanwhile, the company will do audiences a good turn by introducing reserved seating. Executive director Hannah Grannemann made the change because reserved seating has been one of the most frequent requests from patrons.

Subscribers to the 2015-16 season and Jester Society donors get priority access to reserved seats before single tickets go on sale. CTC will place them in prime seats, and they can ask for specific locations.

Subscriptions are on sale now, as are individual tickets to “Elephant & Piggie,” “Coraline” and the first show by PlayPlay! The rest of the season goes on sale in early August. Details: ctcharlotte.org or 704-973-2828.

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