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From Children's Theatre of Charlotte

This summer, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will partner with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to bring multicultural stories and activities to life through a two-week Global Theatre Series Tour of free family performances.

From July 25-August 5, the the Tarradiddle Players will visit all library branches to perform stories from "Brother Rabbit Spinning Free," an original play that will premiere during the theater company’s 2012-13 season.

Commissioned by Children's Theatre of Charlotte from award-winning playwright Marco Ramirez, the play tells the story of when clever trickster Brother Rabbit is captured by Slippy Fox. The rabbit’s only hope of escape is to distract the fox with his stories, each drawn from a culture with a significant presence in the region. Tales like “Martín the Magnificent” from Central American culture, “The Fisherman Prince” from the Vietnamese, “The Very First Fire” from the Cherokee, and “Lookout Mountain,” from the Gullah show how stories connect us to each other and set our imaginations - and ourselves - free.

Shows at most library branches will consist of one or two of the stories in "Brother Rabbit Spinning Free." ImaginOn performances, scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 2, will include the full-length play. The tour aligns with the library's summer reading theme of “One World, Many Stories,” and library branches will have hands-on activity kits and related books to enhance the experience. For a full Global Theatre Series Tour schedule, please visit Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

This project was supported by a grant from the Women's Impact Fund.

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