Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Ensemble Company Presents “Alcestis”


Children’s Theatre’s Ensemble Company, made up of talented local high school actors, will present Euripides’ “Alcestis” from May 24-26 in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn. A brilliant adaptation by poet Ted Hughes gives new life to this classic tragicomedy’s timeless themes of love, sacrifice and redemption.  

King Admetos, doomed to an early death, is given a chance at life if someone will agree to die in his place. While others refuse, his devoted and virtuous wife Alcestis agrees to give up her life for his. But her death raises many questions. Was King Admetos selfish to accept his wife’s sacrifice? Will he be able to carry on without her? And what will happen when the mighty Heracles arrives on the scene? Hughes’ adaptation weaves together vivid language and modern idiom into a poignant and powerfully moving work.  

Performance times are:  

Thursday, May 24                      7:30 pm

Friday, May 25                          7:30 pm

Saturday, May 26                      7:30 pm  

Performances will be in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn. All tickets are $10.00. 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 13 and up.  

About the Ensemble Company

The Ensemble Company provides pre-professional training to high school actors who possess theatrical talent and a strong commitment to theatre work. Many of these young people will continue pursuing acting training in college and in their careers.  

Selected through auditions, the students receive school credit as part of Children’s Theatre’s partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. There is no cost to the student for this program. Meeting for classes every Saturday and Sunday throughout the school year, the Company studies voice, movement, characterization, script analysis, improvisation and production.  

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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