Children’s Theatre Presents “New Kid”  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players explore what it is like to adjust to life in a strange new country in “New Kid” (February 2-11). Both funny and poignant, this socially relevant story of bullying, cultural assimilation, and overcoming preconceptions will surprise and delight audiences.  

“New Kid” tells the story of Nick, a young boy from the fictitious country of Homeland, who moves to America with his parents to start a new life. He misses the friends he has left behind, and is confused by the new ways of speaking, dressing, eating, and behaving that he encounters in America . Nick, his mother, and the American students that Nick meets must learn how to communicate, share their customs, and make new friends by practicing tolerance and acceptance.  

Playwright Dennis Foon wrote the script so that the American characters speak in gibberish, while the Homelanders speak in English. This unique theatrical device allows audiences to experience the frustration and uncertainty of being unable to communicate in a new world. “New Kid” evolved from a workshop Foon conducted with students at a Vancouver, Canada school who came from many different countries and language groups.  

“Because the audience identifies with the immigrant characters, we spend the performance in the shoes of a new arrival to this country,” says Director Matt Cosper. “This production is a rare chance for people to consider the perspective of a stranger in a strange land, just trying to fit in."  

“New Kid” stars the 2006-07 Tarradiddle Players company: Robby Fulton, Leslie Ann Giles, Chaz Pofahl, and Greta Marie Zandstra.  

Performance times and dates are as follows:  

Friday, February 2                          7:30 pm

Saturday, February 3                      3:00 pm

Sunday. February 4                        2:00 pm

Friday, February 9                          7:30 pm

Saturday, February 10                    3:00 pm

Sunday, February 11                      2:00 pm

Sunday, February 11                      4:00 pm  

Performances will be held in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  Front Orchestra tickets are $18.00; General Admission tickets are $14.00. For tickets to the production, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website:  Recommended for ages 7 and up.



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