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Seussical headlines CTC season

"Seussical," a holiday play featuring popular character Junie B. Jones and singer Roger Day are among the highlights of the Children's Theatre of Charlotte's 2011-12 season.

In announcing its new season, the Theatre also has announced it will not raise ticket prices this year. Performances will be in the McColl Family Theatre or Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn. More information at ctcharlotte.org, or call the Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am to 5 pm, Mon.-Fri.). The offerings this season include (details provided by CTC):

Uh-Oh!

Written and Performed by PlayPlay! Theatre

Aug. 16-20, 2011 Wells Fargo Playhouse

All seats $12

Visiting Artist Experience

"Theatre for the Very Young" makes its CTC stage debut with PlayPlay! Theatre's Uh-Oh!, a simple story of work and play, and those “uh-oh!'s” that happen every day. The actors use stimulating sights and sounds to engage little ones and ignite their curiosity. A perfect first theatre experience presented in an intimate setting, Uh-Oh! is all about creative play. With pre- and post-show activities, Uh-Oh! offers an hour of wonder and delight that might even change the way you play with your child.

One Act For Ages Birth-3

Best enjoyed by Preschool ages

Seussical

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle

Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss

Sept. 23-Oct. 23, 2011 McColl Family Theatre

Front Orchestra $24 / General Section $18

US Airways Crown Experience

Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss! Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories collide in a family musical adventure that has delighted audiences across the country since its 2000 Broadway debut. Steadfast Horton the Elephant, insecure but mighty Gertrude McFuzz, and the mischievous Cat in the Hat take center stage in this colorful extravaganza that celebrates the bonds of friendship, the richness of individual differences, the importance of tolerance and the incredible power of the imagination.

Two Acts For Ages 5+/Grades K+

Best enjoyed by Elementary, Middle and High School ages

Tarradiddle Travels

Adapted by Flora Atkin

Oct. 22-23, 2011 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $12 / General Section $10

Preschool Experience

Designed especially for preschoolers, Tarradiddle Travels explores the world of live theatre with an engaging experience. Young audiences will enjoy four simple stories from around the world, from classics like “Caps for Sale” to less familiar stories like “Mouse Marriage.” Three actors tell the tales in a playful

style that makes clever use of colorful prop pieces and encourages audience interaction.

One Act For Ages 3-5

Best enjoyed by Preschool ages

The Commedia Cinderella

By Lane Riosley

Oct. 28-Nov. 13, 2011 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $18 / General Section $14

Tarradiddle Experience

In this funny, fast-paced show, the Tarradiddle Players put a slapstick spin on one of the world’s most famous fairytales. Beautiful Cinderella is forced to work as a kitchen maid by her mean Stepmother and two ugly Stepsisters, but thanks to a little help from her Fairy Godmother, she still has a chance to win the hand of the handsome Prince. With roots in the humorous, physical acting style of Italian Commedia dell’arte, this production is a lighthearted treat.

One Act For Ages 5+/Grades K+

Best enjoyed by Elementary ages

Meet the cast at an audience talkback following the opening night performance on Friday, Oct. 28! Roger Day

Nov. 19-20, 2011 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $14 General Section $12

Visiting Artist Experience

Encouraging kids to sing loud, jump high, and dream big, two-time Parents Choice Award-winner Roger Day entertains over 100,000 children and adults each year. His energetic live performances incorporate his trademark wit, whimsy, and wordplay, all grounded in the joy of a powerful love and respect for children. Roger urges kids to reach their potential by using body and brain, mind and muscle, in a show that the Dallas Morning News called “joyful and empowering.”

One Act For Ages 5+/Grades K+Best enjoyed by Elementary ages

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

By Allison Gregory

Adapted from the books by Barbara Park

Book Cover, copyright © 2005 by Random House Children’s Books, from Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May) written by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus. Used by permission of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Dec. 2-22, 2011 McColl Family Theatre

Front Orchestra $24 / General Section $18

US Airways Crown Experience

First grader Junie B. Jones can’t decide how she feels about the holidays. On the one hand, she couldn’t be more excited about her school’s holiday gift shop, especially the super-amazing Squeeze-a-Burp toy. On the other hand, her tattletale classmate May just might ruin the entire Holiday Sing-Along. When Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she hatches a plan to give her nemesis a lump of coal while snagging the Squeeze-a-Burp for herself. Will Junie B. have a last-minute change of heart and show her true holiday spirit? A refreshing, new story for the season, this entertaining show has laughs to spare!

One Act For Ages 5+/Grades K+

Best enjoyed by Elementary ages

The Velveteen Rabbit

Adapted by Scott Davidson

From the story by Margery Williams

Dec. 9-30, 2011 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $18 / General Section $14

Tarradiddle Experience

All the other toys in the nursery snub the Velveteen Rabbit for being boring, old-fashioned and stuffed with sawdust. But when the Boy discovers the little rabbit under his tree on Christmas morning, they become instant friends. As their friendship grows, the Velveteen Rabbit learns what it means to be truly loved – and the smiles and tears that come from being “real”. Adapted from the classic book by Margery Williams, this poignant story has charmed generations of families and continues to be loved by audiences today.

One Act For Ages 3+/Grades PreK+

Best enjoyed by Preschool and Elementary ages

Meet the cast at an audience talkback following the opening night performance on Friday, Dec. 9!

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Written and performed by the Grey Seal Puppets

Jan. 14-15, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $14 General Section $12

Visiting Artist Experience

This Grey Seal Puppets production uses playful puppetry and a cast of animal characters to give a whole new dimension to Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story. The Emperor just happens to be a pig; the crafty tailors are foxes; the prime minister a near-sighted camel; and the councilor, a befuddled old walrus. Even the audience takes part, as animals, of course! Don’t miss this fanciful take on a beloved fable, where we learn the dangers of vanity and the rewards of being brave and honest.

One Act For Ages 4+/Grades PreK+Best enjoyed by Preschool and Elementary ages

The Borrowers

By Mary Norton

Adapted for the stage by Charles Way

Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2012 McColl Family Theatre

Front Orchestra $24 / General Section $18

US Airways Crown Experience

Under the floor boards, Arrietty Clock and her parents, Homily and Pod, live a quiet little life. Tucked away in their cozy home decorated with dollhouse furniture, they survive by “borrowing” what they need from the “human beans” who live above them. But life is too quiet if you ask Arrietty, a typical tween yearning to experience the grown-up world for herself. When the Clocks’ hiding place is discovered, they must venture into the giant universe outside, and Arrietty gets a bigger adventure than she bargained for. This inventive adaptation of Mary Norton’s beloved book transports audiences to a delightful new world.

Two Acts For Ages 7+/Grades 2+ Best enjoyed by Elementary and Middle School ages

The Best of Omimeo

Written and performed by the Omimeo Mime Theatre

Jan. 28-29, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $14 General Section $12

Visiting Artist Experience

For 35 years the Omimeo Mime Theatre has offered audiences a cornucopia of creativity and imaginative theatre experiences. This season Hardin Minor, Eddie Williams and the Omimeo regulars will present a special performance featuring favorite vignettes from the Omimeo repertory. As an added treat, special guest artists The Fettuccini Brothers (just back from their tour of China) will add to the show with their comedy juggling antics. From circus arts to acrobatics, mime to vaudeville, this show will keep you on the edge of your seat.

One Act For Ages 5+/Grades K+Best enjoyed by Elementary and Middle School ages

Tarradiddle Tales

Adapted by Flora Atkin

Feb. 4-5, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $12 / General Section $10

Preschool Experience

In Tarradiddle Tales, three actors explore four folk tales from different countries: “The Magic Tree,” a Bantu folk tale; “Peter the Fool,” a Danish story; “Spider Talk,” an Anansi story from Ghana; and “Tiger Trap,” from India. This playful show for preschoolers emphasizes storytelling and audience participation.One Act For Ages 3-5 Best enjoyed by Preschool ages

RapunzelAdapted by Max Bush

Feb. 10-26, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $18 / General Section $14

Tarradiddle Experience

Adapted by renowned playwright Max Bush, this production stays true to the mystery and enchantment of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Theo and Helga long for a child of their own, as does Gothal, the powerful witch who lives next door. When Gothal catches Theo stealing from her walled garden, she forces him to give her his first born daughter, who she names Rapunzel. Imprisoned in a tower, Rapunzel spends her lonely days longing for companionship – until she meets the charming Prince Derrick. The young couple must rely on their love and courage to overcome the witch’s power.

One Act For Ages 5+/Grades K+

Best enjoyed by Elementary ages

Meet the cast at an audience talkback following the opening night performance on Friday, Feb. 10!

Step Afrika!

Mar. 1-3, 2012 McColl Family Theatre

Front Orchestra $14 General Section $12

Visiting Artist Experience

Rhythmic. Engaging. Electrifying. Experience Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping, a unique art form born at African American fraternities and based in African traditions. The dancers use their bodies as instruments, and their intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mixed with spoken word pound the floor and fill the air. Don’t miss a show that the Washington Post called “a virtuosic performance to make the venerable Alvin Ailey dancers sigh.”

One Act For Ages 5+/Grades K+Best enjoyed by Elementary, Middle and High School ages

Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

“The Telltale Heart” based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe Dramatized by Luella McMahon.

“The Halloween Trilogy” scripts by Cecilia Fannan and John de Lancie

Mar. 9-24, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $18 / General Section $14

Crown Experience

Join us for a pair of spine-tingling tales from the delightfully morbid mind of Edgar Allan Poe. In “The Telltale Heart,” a murderer is undone by his own insanity as the incessant pounding of his victim’s heart grows louder in his ears. This story is paired with “The Cask of Amontillado,” in which a connoisseur of fine wines takes horrible revenge on his family’s most hated enemy. Poe’s dark genius has invited children and adults to love literature for over 150 years, and his eerie thrillers still haunt our imaginations today.

One Act For Ages 11+/Grades 6+

Best enjoyed by Middle and High School ages

Busytown

Adapted by Kevin Kling

Based on the Books of Richard Scarry

Music by Michael Koerner Lyrics by Kevin Kling and Michael Koerner

Apr. 13-29, 2012 McColl Family Theatre

Front Orchestra $24 / General Section $18

Crown Experience

Welcome to the bustling world of Busytown, which is always buzzing with activity. As Huckle Cat takes us on a tour of his neighborhood, we learn just how many people it takes to keep a city running smoothly. From farmers and grocers to doctors and nurses, from postmen and bankers to firemen and lumberjacks, everyone in the community works and plays together. This comical, colorful production brings Richard Scarry’s beloved characters, including Farmer Pig, Dr. Lion and Lowly Worm, to singing, dancing life on stage.

One Act For Ages 3+/Grades PreK+Best enjoyed by Preschool and Elementary ages

Salt and Pepper

By José Cruz González

Apr. 20-29, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

Front Orchestra $18 / General Section $14

Tarradiddle Experience

Salt’s family has a secret. His grandfather can’t read or write, and the Old Man’s shame and silence make life hard on the two grandsons he is raising on his own – so hard that Salt’s brother Andy leaves to join the Marine Corps. When Salt meets Pepper, the daughter of a migrant farmworker, her love of books sparks his own interest in the world of words. Together, Salt and Pepper discover a mysterious box of postcards that reveal the truth about his family’s past and leads them to a more hopeful future. A regional premiere, this thoughtful drama explores the burden of illiteracy, and the bonds of family and friendship.

One Act For Ages 8+/Grades 3+Best enjoyed by Elementary and Middle School ages

Meet the cast at an audience talkback following the opening night performance on Friday, Apr. 20!

Rhinoceros

By Eugène Ionesco

May 10-12, 2012 Wells Fargo Playhouse

All seats $10

Young Adult Experience

Performed by our high school Ensemble Company, Eugène Ionesco’s 1959 play evokes a startling world of both hilarity and anxiety. When rhinoceroses suddenly appear on the peaceful streets of a small village, the townspeople are horrified – until they themselves begin to turn into the clumsy, unthinking animals. Only one man, Berenger, resists, and must decide if he should try to stop the brutal transformations. Written by one of the fathers of the theatre of the absurd, Rhinoceros combines nonsense and fantasy into an unsettling examination of maintaining individuality in a world of conformity.

One Act For Ages 12+/Grades 7+ Best enjoyed by Middle and High School ages

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