Children's Theatre of Charlotte Presents Twist & Shout and The Ice Cream Man

Children's Theatre of Charlotte is proud to present two issue-oriented performances by local teenagers on our stage.  The Heart to Heart Theatre Ensemble's production of Twist & Shout (March 7, 7:30 pm) addresses the growing dangers of relationship violence among young people.  Peer pressure and drug abuse form the central struggle of The Ice Cream Man (March 9, 7:30 pm).   Both performances are free, but seating is limited.  To reserve seats call 704-376-5745.

The Heart to Heart Theatre Ensemble's Twist & Shout

Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is battered by her partner. Statistics show that as many as one in four teenagers will be in an abusive relationship by the time they graduate from high school. Dating violence cuts across all boundaries of race, gender, religion, and socio-economic class. 

Founded by The Shelter For Battered Women, the Heart to Heart Theatre Ensemble was created to help the growing number of teenagers involved in violent dating relationships. Twist and Shout, based loosely on one teenager's true story, was conceived and written by Joanna Gerdy. Gerdy collaborated with choreographer Kristen Yarborough and a phenomenal ensemble of high school actors to create this important theatrical experience.

The Ice Cream Man
The Ice Cream Man rings with honesty, authenticity, humor and poignancy.  The play follows the lives of high school students caught in the larger web of schools, parties, social pressures, friends you can trust, and those you can't, and the ever-present temptation to go down the unmarked path of narcotics and alcohol. 

Both Heart to Heart and The Ice Cream Man are made possible by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, ArtsTeach, the Charlotte Merchants Foundation, the Livingstone Foundation, and Speedway Children's Charities. In addition, Heart to Heart is made possible by United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women, Target Stores, the Family Violence Prevention Grant and The Ice Cream Man is made possible by the Mecklenburg County ABC Board.   Children's Theatre is supported by the Annual Fund Drive of the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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