Theatre of Charlotte Presents “The Commedia Pied Piper”
Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company, the Tarradiddle Players,
gives a hilarious new twist to the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin in “The
Commedia Pied Piper” (Oct. 26-Nov. 4). Told in the slapstick acting style of
Commedia dell’arte, Lane Riosley’s animal-filled take on an originally
tragic story includes a happy ending.
just a few quick costume and prop changes, four actors play a full town’s
worth of human and animal characters. Their funny antics, lightning-quick
switches and play-within-a-play structure all come from the Commedia dell'arte
tradition, an Italian form of improvisational theater that began in the 16th
version of the Pied Piper legend pays tribute to the enchanting nature of
comedy,” comments director Jill Bloede. “Like the Pied Piper charmed the
rats of Hamelin town, I think this Tarradiddle Players production will charm
Commedia Pied Piper” stars the 2007-08 Tarradiddle Players company: Darlene
Parker-Black, Ashby Blakely, Leslie Ann Giles and Stephen Seay. In addition to
appearances on Children’s Theatre’s MainStage, this professional four-person
troupe spreads the joy of live theatre across the Southeast. This season, the
Tarradiddle Players will travel from
, performing in schools, community centers and towns big and small for audiences
who might otherwise never see a live play. Meet the Tarradiddle Players and hear
stories from the road at an audience talkback following the opening night
performance on October 26.
October 26 7:30 pm
October 27 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 27 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 28 2:00 pm
Friday, November 2 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 3 1:00 pm
November 4 2:00 pm
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, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828
(10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website: www.ctcharlotte.org.
For ages 5 and up.
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 of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the
National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves
The media sponsor for the 2007-08 season is WCNC-TV.
Airways: the 2007-08 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.