Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Presents
“The Wrestling Season”

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is delighted to present “The Wrestling Season”, a special production for ages 13 and up, in the Wachovia Playhouse from April 19-29, 2007. Acclaimed playwright Laurie Brooks’ powerful work explores the effect that peer pressure and destructive rumors have on a group of eight high school students.  

Creatively staged as an actual wrestling match with a referee ruling on the onstage action, “The Wrestling Season” uses the sport both literally and as a metaphor for the struggles of high school. As competition for spots on the school wrestling team sets off an explosive series of rumors and events, students grapple with issues of self-esteem, sexual identity, violence, and individuality. The “truth” about each character is deliberately left unresolved, but by confronting the realities they and others have created for themselves, the students begin to discover who they really are.  

“The Wrestling Season” is an honest and sensitive portrayal of the world of teens – the hollowness of stereotypes, the intricacies of relationships, the divisiveness of gossip, the pain of betrayal, and the power of friendship. “Teenagers need something that speaks truthfully to them,” commented CTC’s Artistic Director Alan Poindexter. “We believe that the work we do can provide valuable tools and insights for dealing with the problems and questions that they face.”  

To complement the production of “The Wrestling Season”, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg and Children’s Theatre are partnering to present “The Realm of Possibility”, a ten day series of events organized by the Teen Loft at ImaginOn. Events include a visit from young adult author David Levithan, whose book “The Realm of Possibility” inspired the name of this initiative, an art exhibit featuring work by local teen artists, and a community resource fair for teens. After each performance of “The Wrestling Season”, professionals who work with teens will lead a talkback on one of the topics addressed in the play. For more information about “The Realm of Possibility” programming, visit or contact Lois Kilkka, Library Services Manager at ImaginOn at 704-973-2701 or  

“The Wrestling Season” is directed by Nicia Carla . The production is performed by a cast of talented high school actors, with professional actor Andrea King playing the role of referee.  

Performance times and dates are as follows:  

Thursday, April 19                          7:30 pm

Friday, April 20                               7:30 pm

Saturday, April 21                           7:30 pm

Sunday, April 22                             2:00 pm

Thursday, April 26                          7:30 pm

Friday, April 27                               7:30 pm

Saturday, April 28                           7:30 pm

Sunday, April 29                             2:00 pm  

Performances will be held in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  All tickets are $14.00. For tickets, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website: This production contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 13 and up.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported by the Annual Fund Drive of the Arts & 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.
The media sponsor for the 2006-07 season is WCNC-TV.

US Airways: the 2006-07 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.


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