Blowing the competition away, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte reached new heights from the moment it nestled into its new ImaginOn facility on 7th Street. Upstairs at the 570-seat McColl Family Theatre, it dazzled with the fantastic spectacle of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the inspired staging of The Shakespeare Stealer. Downstairs in the intimate 250-seat Wachovia Playhouse, the touring Tarradiddle Players found a congenial home — and an ideal showcase for old Diddle favorites like The Velveteen Rabbit and new explorations like The Yellow Boat. Tickets to the Magician’s Nephew this October, following up on the unprecedented success of the lauded Lion, will be scarce. But worth the hunt.
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