Children’s Theatre’s Tarradiddle Players End Their Season with New Show “The Nightingale” and Audience Favorite “If You Give a Pig a Party”  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company, the Tarradiddle Players, will end their season this May with two productions in the Wachovia Playhouse. The Players will mount a new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale “The Nightingale” from May 2-11 and, due to popular demand, will bring back Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give a Pig a Party” for two additional shows on May 17.  

“The Nightingale”

Adapted by Nicia Carla and Aaron Moore

May 2-11, 2008 · Wachovia Playhouse

This lovely, Asian-inspired retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale invites the audience to become part of a journey of discovery. Like a tyrannical two-year-old, the Emperor of China is never happy unless he gets his way. He insists on having the best and most of everything: the best gardens, the best robes, the best music. Yet all the extravagant riches he collects leave him feeling empty, until he meets a plain brown nightingale whose simple, lyrical song strikes a silent chord deep inside his heart. Will the Emperor learn anything from the sweetness of the nightingale’s song? Or will his greed destroy the one thing that can make him truly happy?  

“The Nightingale” is directed by Nicia Carla for ages 6 and up. Meet the Tarradiddle Players and hear stories from the road at an audience talkback following the opening night performance on May 2.  

Performance times and dates are:

Friday, May 2                7:30 pm

Saturday, May 3            1:00 pm

Sunday, May 4              2:00 pm (SOLD OUT)

Friday, May 9                7:30 pm

Saturday, May 10          1:00 pm

Sunday, May 11            2:00 pm  

“If You Give a Pig a Party”

Adapted for the stage by Nancy Schaeffer • Music & Lyrics by B. Wolf

Based on the book by Laura Numeroff; Illustrations by Felicia Bond
May 17, 2008
· Wachovia Playhouse

The original February run of “If You Give a Pig a Party” completely sold out, but fans of Laura’s Numeroff’s picture books will get another chance to see this wildly popular show on Saturday, May 17. As a little pig revels in the excitement of putting together a party, she learns that you can’t have a party without friends - and that having friends is the perfect reason to have a party! Directed by Alan Poindexter, “If You Give a Pig a Party” is a lively musical for ages 3 and up.  

Performance times and dates are:

Saturday, May 17          11:00 am

Saturday, May 17          1:00 pm  

Both productions star 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.  

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: Recommended for ages 6 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 2007-08 season is WCNC-TV.

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

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