While the immigration debate rages from both sides, rarely do we ask, “What about the children?”
In its world premiere show, “The Magic Kite,” Children’s Theatre of Charlotte does just that.
Based on the artwork of talented local Mexican-American artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner, “The Magic Kite” shares a child’s view of deportation. The show’s protagonist, Tito, builds a magic kite to visit his father, Emilio, who has been deported to Mexico. “The Magic Kite” is a story about hope that universally impacts all families who have suffered a separation or loss. Ultimately, it’s a look at a political issue through the very apolitical eyes of a boy, who doesn’t quite understand why he and his father are separated.
With Charlotte, N.C.’s rapidly shifting demographics, it’s no surprise “The Magic Kite” makes its world premiere here in the Tar Heel State. From 2000 to 2013, Charlotte was the fastest growing major Latino market. In fact, in the past 20 years Charlotte’s Latino population has grown 17 times in size and North Carolina’s 2010 Latino population surpassed 800,000.
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“The Magic Kite” debuts April 22 and runs through May 1, including a signed performance at 3 p.m. on April 30.