Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Ensemble Company Presents Franz Kafka’s “The Trial”  

Children’s Theatre’s Ensemble Company, made up of talented local high school actors, will present Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” from May 22-24 in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn. This hauntingly believable story from one of the most influential figures in Western literature comes to life in a black comedy adaptation by Steven Berkoff.  

Josef K., a young bank manager is unexpectedly arrested on the morning of his 30th birthday for an unidentified crime. K. falls in a downward spiral as he questions his alleged guilt and himself. Presented in a dynamic, minimalist staging, his plight seems laughingly absurd but all too terrifyingly real. “The Trial” mirrors the hardship Kafka faced growing up as a minority in 20th century Prague , and illustrates the dangers of bureaucracy and totalitarianism.  

Performances will be held on May 22-24 at 7:30 pm in the Wachovia Playhouse. All tickets are $10. For tickets to “The Trial”, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website: “The Trial” contains mature themes and is recommended for middle and high school audiences.  

About the Ensemble Company

The Ensemble Company provides FREE pre-professional training to high school actors who possess evident theatrical talent and a strong commitment to theatre work. Selected by audition, the students can receive school credit as part of the partnership between Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools .  

Ensemble meets for three-hour classes most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the school year to study voice, movement, characterization, script analysis, improvisation, and production. The company produces a full-scale production at the end of the season. Many Ensemble members go on to pursue acting in college and in their careers. Students have advanced to nationally recognized theatre programs at NYU, Northwestern, Boston University and UCLA.  

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.
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