Children’s Theatre Presents Final Show of 2008-09 Season “The Commedia Aladdin” and Preschool Show “Animal Tales”  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Resident Touring Company, the Tarradiddle Players, gives a hilarious new twist to the story of Aladdin in the final show of their 2008-09 season, “The Commedia Aladdin” (May 1-10). Hop on a magic carpet with Aladdin as he summons the powerful Genie of the Lamp and changes his fortunes forever.  

The story is told in the centuries-old Italian Commedia dell’arte theatre style that inspired modern day comedians like Abbott and Costello and the Marx Brothers. Fresh, fast-paced and full of physical humor, Commedia shows are always faithful to the original tale - but with an added bonus of slapstick silliness that leaves audiences helpless with laughter.  

“The Commedia Aladdin” stars the 2008-09 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 May 1.  

Performance times and dates are as follows:

Friday, May 1                                 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 2                             11:00 am

Saturday, May 2                             1:00 pm

Sunday, May 3                               2:00 pm SOLD OUT

Friday, May 8                                 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 9                             11:00 am *Signed*

Saturday, May 9                             1:00 pm

Sunday, May 10                             2:00 pm SOLD OUT

Performances will be held in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street . Front Orchestra tickets are $18; General Admission tickets are $14. For Ages 5+/ Grades K+  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will delight younger audiences with “Animal Tales” (Apr. 25-26), a special Tarradiddle production for preschoolers. Written and directed by former Tarradiddle player Joanna Gerdy, the show features a variety of animal stories, poems and songs that explore fables and folk tales from different cultures. Performed in a playful storytelling style that involves lots of audience interaction, “Animal Tales” is a wonderful introduction to live theatre.  

Performance times and dates are as follows:

Saturday, Apr. 25                       11:00 am SOLD OUT

Saturday, Apr. 25                       1:00 pm SOLD OUT

Saturday, Apr. 25                       3:00 pm *Added Performance*

Sunday, Apr. 26                         2:00 pm SOLD OUT

Sunday, Apr. 26                         4:00 pm SOLD OUT

Performances will be held in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street . Front Orchestra tickets are $12; General Admission tickets are $10. For Ages 3-5/ Grades PreK  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported, in part, with an Operating Grant from 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.
Time Warner Cable: the 2008-09 Media Sponsor of Children's Theatre of Charlotte

US Airways: the 2008-09 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

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