Children's Theatre of Charlotte announces 2011-2012 season

Preparations for the upcoming theater year continue, as the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s has announced their 2011-2012 season. The theater, which will launch Tomàs and the Library Lady next week, unveiled their line-up yesterday. The playbill is a mix of classic fables, wacky musicals, thematic dramas, and interactive performances for the littlest theater lovers. Here’s what’s on board for the season, so you can start marking the family calendar, now:

Uh-Oh! at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, August 16-20

The story: This the first-ever "Theatre for the Very Young" production for CTC, and it features the touring troupe PlayPlay! Theatre. They’ll put on a sound-and-light-filled production designed to keep little ones engaged with everyday "uh ohs!" Best for kids no older than 3.

Seussical at the McColl Family Theatre, September 23-October 23

The story: This Seuss montage features the all of the beloved doctor’s famous creations, from Horton the Elephant, to the Cat in the Hat, to Gertrude McFuzz. The all-song production pulls together elements of all the Seuss stories you (and the kids) know and love. Best for kids ages 5 and up.

Taradiddle Travels at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, October 22-23

The story: The Taradiddle Players will put on a one-act, interactive production of short children’s fables for 3- to 5-year-olds. Storytelling, drama, and audience participation are part of this show, which include tales like "Caps for Sale" and "Mouse Marriage."

The Commedia Cinderella, at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, October 28-November 13

The story: Shortly after their Travels, the Taradiddle Players will put on this new slapstick tale from Lane Riosley, in which the queen only begins her search for a proper princess with a pea-under-mattress contest. To have her son’s hand, ladies must perform a series of stunts that will leave you realizing that your own mother-in-law isn’t that high-maintenance, after all. Best for kids 5 and up.

Roger Day at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, November 19-20

The story: Children’s performer Roger Day gives kids a mental and physical workout with his interactive performances that incorporate sing-along sessions, rhyming games, and even some jumping lessons. Best for ages 5 and up.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! at the McColl Family Theatre, December 2-22

The story: Our lower lips quivered a little bit when we saw that A Christmas Carol wouldn’t be back for its umpteenth run at CTC, but this show, adapted from Barbara Park’s book, does sound like a holiday hoot. Junie B., a first-grader, is determined to land a Squeeze-A-Burp toy at the school holiday gift shop, but is worried that her rival, May, will ruin her fun. When she draws May’s name for Secret Santa, though, she realizes her fortunes may have changed. For kids five and up.

The Velveteen Rabbit at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, December 9-30

The story: You’re getting choked up just remember this one, aren’t you? The Taradiddle Players are staging a one-act production of the classic by Margery Williams. Best for kids (and sentimental grown-ups) ages three and up.

The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, January 14-15, 2012

The story: The Grey Seal Puppets will take on this fable about the Emperor with the world’s cruelest stylist. Relax—this isn’t Avenue Q, and there’s no puppet nudity allowed at CTC. Maybe for the 2012-2013 season. For kids 4 and up.

The Borrowers at the McColl Family Theatre, January 20-February 5, 2012

The story: Charles Way adapted this Mary Norton classic for the stage, geared toward older children ages seven and up. Arrietty Clock (you wish you had that name) is tired of the ho-hum life of a sub-floorboard borrower. When their sticky finger habits are found out, she gets a chance to venture above ground for a change.

The Best of Omimeo at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, January 28-29, 2012

The story: An old-fashioned miming performance like you’ve never seen before! Come to think of it, we’re not sure we’ve ever seen a real mime performance. But this troupe, which has been doing black-lit, comedic miming since 1978, is the best one to start with. Best for ages 5 and up.

Taradiddle Tales at Wells Fargo Playhouse, February 4-5, 2012

The story: The Taradiddle Players will perform four traditional stories from around the world in this one-act show: "The Magic Tree," "Peter the Fool," "Spider Talk, and "Tiger Trap." For ages 3-5.

Rapunzel at Wells Fargo Playhouse, February 10-26, 2012

The story: Your kids might be on a Rapunzel kick from last year’s blockbuster Entangled. You probably want to shake the fairytale’s new association Mandy Moore’s sweet soprano. Sounds like a two-bird shot to us. This production was adapted for the stage by children’s playwright Max Bush. Best for ages 5 and up.

Step Afrika! at the McColl Family Theatre, March 1-3, 2012

The story: This traveling dance troupe hosts educational, interactive performances of traditional African step dancing. Audiences will learn how to use their hands, feet, and internal metronome (however quiet it might be) to make music. Best for ages 5 and up.

Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, March 9-24, 2012

The story: Darker than Seussical, to be sure, but this production of two of Poe’s short stories promises to be a thrill for junior high schoolers, high schoolers, and adults alike. You’ll see "The Telltale Heart," about a murderer whose victim’s heart pounds maddeningly in his ears, and "The Cask of Amontillado," about a wine lover who takes a grizzly revenge on a long-time rival. Best for ages 11 and up.

Busytown at the McColl Family Theatre, April 13-19, 2012

The story: Kevin Kling, playwright and frequent commentator for NPR’s "All Things Considered," adapted this Richard Scarry landscape to the stage for an energetic, colorful show. Huckle Cat will guide you from Farmer Pig’s barn, to Dr. Lion’s office, and maybe even for a ride in Lowly Worm’s apple car. For ages 3 and up.

Salt and Pepper at the Wells Fargo Playhouse, April 20-29, 2012

The story: In this coming-of-age story from José Cruz González, Salt and his brother, Andy, struggle with their grandfather’s sense of shame over his inability to read and write. When Andy leaves home, Salt meets (you guessed it) Pepper, a young girl who introduces him to the rewards of reading. The two discover a box of postcards that reveals a whole new dimension of Salt’s family history. There will be an audience talk back with the cast on opening night. For ages 8 and up.

Rhinoceros at Wells Fargo  Playhouse, May 10-12, 2012

The story: CTC’s high school ensemble will put on this theme-packed, absurdist play by Eugène Ionesco. When rhinoceroses invade the streets of a sleepy town, the townspeople find themselves growing giant hooves and horns. The lone rhino-resistant villager, Berenger, must find a way to stop the morphing. For ages 12 and up.

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