Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players Present “New Kid”
Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players explore what it is like to adjust
to life in a strange new country in “New Kid” (October 23-31). Both funny
and poignant, this socially relevant story deals with issues of bullying,
cultural assimilation, and overcoming preconceptions. Anyone who has ever felt
a little lonely or out of place, or who has wondered how to treat someone who
looks or sounds different will identify with this production.
Kid” tells the story of Nick, a young boy from the fictitious country of
Homeland, who moves to
with his parents to start a new life. He misses the friends he has left
behind, and is confused by the new ways of speaking, dressing, eating, and
behaving that he encounters in
. Nick, his mother, and the American students that Nick meets must learn how
to communicate, share their customs, and make new friends.
Dennis Foon wrote the script so that the American characters speak in
gibberish, while the Nick and his mother speak in English. This unique
theatrical device allows audiences to experience the frustration and
uncertainty of being unable to communicate in a new world. “New Kid”
evolved from a workshop Foon conducted with students at a Vancouver,
school who came from many different countries and language groups.
the audience identifies with the immigrant characters, we spend the
performance in the shoes of a new arrival to this country,” says Director
Matt Cosper. “This production is a rare chance for people to consider the
perspective of a stranger in a strange land, just trying to fit in."
Kid” stars the 2009-2010 Tarradiddle Players company: Salvador Garcia,
Leslie Ann Giles, Darlene Parker and Stephen Seay. Fittingly, the newest
member of the company, Salvador Garcia, will be playing the role of Nick.
times and dates are as follows:
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 to the production, call the Children’s Theatre Box
Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website: www.ctcharlotte.org.
Recommended for ages 7+/ Grades 2+
Theatre of Charlotte is supported, in part, with an Operating Grant from the
Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. 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
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