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Children’s Theatre of Charlotte



Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has grown to become one of the top theatre and education organizations for young people in the United States. Nationally recognized for the breadth and strength of its programs, the Theatre provides over 250,000 experiences for children and families a year with technically imaginative productions and wide-ranging education programs for young people.

Each year we mount 15 professional adult productions for young people, with the curtain rising over 600 times during a season – that’s more than any other theatre company in the state. The Charlotte Observer’s Theatre Critic called Children’s Theatre of Charlotte “the city’s leading professional troupe,” and each season our actors, designers and directors receive numerous awards for their work on the stage. Another critic called our work “the most technically imaginative and resourceful theatre productions in the region.” It’s Broadway caliber theatre, the best in the region.

The Theatre is also home to a fully professional touring company – formerly known as the Tarradiddle Players* – which has traveled across North Carolina and into South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia. One of the most respected and sought after touring arts groups in the country, our resident touring company has performed for well over 1,200,000 people. They are also one of the Southeast’s few true repertory companies, capable of performing multiple productions in the same day.

*Originally an independent company founded in 1972 by Connie Welsh, Tarradiddle became part of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in 1989. Since then, CTC has shepherded the Tarradiddle legacy while building on the Company’s strong professional brand. As Children’s Theatre of Charlotte continues to expand our production and educational offerings across the Southeast, we want all our offerings to carry the CTC name. But rest assured, we will continue to offer the same magical, professional touring experiences you’ve come to expect, and in that way the true legacy of the Tarradiddle Players will live on! READ MORE