Theatre’s Tarradiddle Players Bring Classic Children’s Story to Life with
“Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel”
Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players bring a beloved children’s story
to life with “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel,” coming to the Wachovia
Playhouse at ImaginOn from February 12-28. Adapted from Virginia Lee Burton’s
1939 classic, this musical by Eric Lane Barnes celebrates the values of hard
work, determination and friendship.
Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Mary Anne, have been together for many years,
digging the holes for famous canals, railroads, highways and skyscrapers. But
times have changed and newer shovels have become fashionable, leaving Mike and
Mary Anne out of work and down to their last dime. Their final hope could be the
little town of Poppersville, which needs a basement dug for its new City Hall.
Mike and Mary Anne are determined to get the job, but first they have to outbid
the fanciest, most recent shovel models around.
Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” is directed by Mark Sutton and stars the
2009-2010 Tarradiddle Players company: Salvador Garcia, Leslie Ann Giles,
Darlene Parker and Stephen Seay. Playful costume design by Courtney Burt Scott
and scenic design by Tim Parati evoke Virginia Lee Burton’s original colorful
Tarradiddle Players are the Resident Touring Company of Children’s Theatre of
Charlotte. 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 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 February 12.
times and dates are as follows:
11:00 am SOLD OUT
11:00 am SOLD OUT
2:00 pm SOLD OUT
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 3+/ Grades PreK+
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, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.