Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Presents “The Commedia Pied Piper”  

Children’s 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.  

With 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 century.  

“This 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 audiences.”  

“The 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 Virginia to South Carolina , 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.  

Friday, October 26         7:30 pm

Saturday, 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

Sunday, November 4      2:00 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, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website: For ages 5 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 of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
The media sponsor for the 2007-08 season is WCNC-TV.

US Airways: the 2007-08 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

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