New show at CTC highlights plight of homeless

Danny, King of the Basement runs at Imginon March 11-20.
Danny, King of the Basement runs at Imginon March 11-20.

Danny can pack a suitcase faster than he can brush his teeth.

Moving is a constant in 10-year-old Danny’s life, as he and his unemployed mother try to scrape enough money together to pay the rent. And with every move, Danny gets torn away from the friends he’s just made.

Luckily for Danny, making friends is easier than tying his shoes.

But that’s not always the case for children in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. With more than 4,000 identified homeless students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2013-2014 and nearly 150,000 people living in poverty within Mecklenburg County, “Danny, King of the Basement” tells an important tale for a city mired at the bottom of the economic mobility ladder.

Later this month, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will share this inspiring tale of hope in it’s show “Danny, King of the Basement.”

“Through the hardships no child should ever have to endure, but that so many do, Danny teaches us the transformational and saving power of friendship, compassion and kindness,” Adam Burke, artistic director, said.

Ultimately, Danny finds that home doesn’t always have to mean a place. Home, he learns, can be whenever he’s with friends.

“Homes are built by love,” Burke said. “Danny teaches grown-ups and children alike this very important lesson.”

The show, geared for children ages 8-14, runs from March 11-20 including a signed performance at 3 p.m. on March 19. . Tickets start at only $12 and are available online at or by phone at 704-973-2828.

ImaginOn is conveniently located next to the Seventh Street light rail station. Free parking is also available. Visit for details.