Mission & Vision

Theatre Charlotte is a volunteer-based theatre company dedicated to creating outstanding theatre opportunities relevant to the people of the Charlotte region.

Theatre Charlotte is committed to making theatre relevant in the lives of more people by demonstrating that theatre engages, inspires and unites communities. Hundreds of volunteers get involved each year as actors, crew members, and ushers, while thousands participate as audience members. We encourage individuals of all age and experience to be a part of our productions and learn from our professional directors, designers, and staff.

The North Carolina Theatre Conference has named Theatre Charlotte Community Theatre of the Year three times, most recently in 2008. Theatre Charlotte was also named Theatre of the Year by the Metrolina Theatre Association for the 2011-2012 season and our productions, directors, actors, and designers have received numerous awards from the organization annually. Charlotte Magazine's Best of the Best awards named Theatre Charlotte "Theatre with Staying Power" in 2013.

Theatre Charlotte is proud of our heritage and excited about our future!

 

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Explore over eight decades of history in Theatre Charlotte's photo archive, highlighting our productions since 1927.

HISTORY

In 1927, the Charlotte branch of the American Association of University Women decided to study the Little Theatre movement. This grassroots effort to mount amateur theatricals swept the country during and after the First World War.

That group performed its first production in 1928, a reading of "Outward Bound", in the Carnegie Library uptown and the Charlotte Drama League was born. This organization soon became The Little Theatre of Charlotte and throughout the 1930s presented productions in venues such as Baird's School, Alexander Graham Junior High, Central High School, Thompson Orphanage Auditorium and Presbyterian College Auditorium on College Street.

Since 1941, the theatre has been housed at 501 Queens Road, located in the heart of the historic Myers Park district of Charlotte. The first production at this location was "George Washington Slept Here," which opened on December 1, 1941 and concluded a highly successful run on Saturday, December 6. The next day came the attack on Pearl Harbor and many of the theatre's volunteers went off to war. The theatre continued to present plays, as it had every season during the depression and as it has done every season during its history.

With over 460 main stage productions presented to over half a million audience members, an annual participation of approximately 500 volunteers, and outreach programs that serve the schools and the community at large, Theatre Charlotte is...your stage, your local theatre.

Our Production Archive. 86 Years of quality theatre.

1920's

1928

Outward Bound
The Dover Road
The Guardsman

1929

The Constant Nymph
The Showoff
Hedda Gabler
The Thirteenth Chair
The Bad Man
The Queen's Husband

1930's

1930

The Sacred Flame
To The Ladies
Dear Brutus
The Royal Family
Candida

1931

He Who Gets Slapped
Holiday January
The Trial of Mary Dugan
Ten Nights in a Barroom
Let Us Be Gay
Camille

1932

The Fool
The Torch Bearers
The Butter and Egg Man
Fixin's
Hansel and Gretel
Ma's Fan
See Naples and Die
Sleeping Beauty
Broadway
Lady Windemere's Fan
You and I
Declassee
Helena's Husband

1933

The Wedding Bells
The Wild Duck
Interference November
Little Women
Zombie
The Outsider
Smilin' Through
Little Prison
The Wedding
A Christmas Carol
Merton of the Movies

1934

As Husbands Go
Death Takes a Holiday
Journey's End
Street Scene
The Importance of Being Earnest
Three Cornered Moon
Pygmalion

1935

Her Master's Voice
Children of the Moon
Swastika
Rip Van Winkle
Men in White
Double Door
The Pursuit of Happiness
Counselor at Law

1936

The Cuckoo's Nest
Outward Bound
Private Lives
Ah, Wilderness
The Vinegar Tree
The Sun Sets East
Autumn Crocus

1937

Ceiling Zero
Boy Meets Girl
A Kind Word
The Night of January 16th
Biography
Personal Appearance
Night Must Fall

1938

The Front Page
The Silver Cord
Hay Fever
Hot Seat
The Late Christopher Bean
The Spider
First Lady
Stage Door
Seen But Not Heard

1939

Men Must Fight
Big Hearted Herbert
Petticoat Fever
Gold in the Hills or The Dead Sister's Secret
The Royal Family
Yellow Jack

1940's

1940

What a Life
Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Curse You, Jack Dalton
Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Margin for Error
Cradle Song

1941

The Bellamy Trial
The Shining Hour
Janie
Charley's Aunt
George Washington Slept Here

1942

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Out of the Frying Pan
The Bat
The Skylark
Gold in the Hills or The Dead Sister's Secret
Arsenic and Old Lace
Claudia

1943

The Whole Town's Talking
Room Service
Ladies in Retirement
Yes, My Darling Daughter
Cry Havoc

1944

The Warrior's Husband
Her Master's Voice
The Little Foxes
Fly Away Home
The Doughgirls
Angel Street

1945

Kiss and Tell
The Ninth Guest
My Sister Eileen
Ah, Wilderness
Over 21
Rebecca
You Can't Take It With You

1946

Suspect
Junior Miss
Blithe Spirit
The Spider
State of the Union
Guest in the House

1947

Holiday
Laura
Janie
Goodbye Again
The Male Animal
Therese

1948

Dear Ruth
Years Ago
But Not Goodbye
Portrait in Black
John Loves Mary
Kind Lady

1949

January Thaw
Candlelight
Life With Father
The Gorilla
Happy Birthday
Command Decision

1950's

1950

Parlor Story
On Borrowed Time
Ten Nights in a Barroom
Present Laughter
Born Yesterday
Strange Bedfellows

1951

Goodbye, My Fancy
The Play's the Thing
The Trial of Mary Dugan
Harvey
Light Up The Sky
Grand National Night

1952

For Love or Money
Two Blind Mice
Father of the Bride
I Remember Mama
The Curious Savage
The Two Mrs. Carrolls

1953

Private Lives
Stalag 17
Miranda
The Happy Time
Mister Roberts
Affairs of State

1954

The Moon is Blue
Night Must Fall
Be Your Age
Bell, Book and Candle
The Women
Summer and Smoke

1955

Late Love
Dail "M" for Murder
My Three Angels
Time Out for Ginger
Sabrina Fair

1956

King of Hearts
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
The Solid Gold Cadillac
The Seven Year Itch
Bad Seed

1957

As Husbands Go
Desperate Hours
The Loud Red Patrick
The Great Sebastians
Personal Appearance

1958

The Teahouse of the August Moon
The Reluctant Debutante
Gold in the Hills or The Dead Sister's Secret
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
The Mousetrap

1959

Visit To A Small Planet
The Heiress
Nude With Violin
The Boyfriend
Third Best Sport
Ten Little Indians

1960's

1960

The Hidden River
The Girls in 509
Janus
The Moon is Blue
The Boyfriend
The Warm Peninsula
Howie

1961

The Gazebo
Bus Stop
The White Sheep of the Family
Southern Exposure
Say Darling
Five Finger Exercise

1962

A Majority of One
The Rainmaker
Send Me No Flowers
Little Mary Sunshine
Everybody Loves Opal
The Diary of Anne Frank

1963

Speaking of Murder
Picnic
Come Blow Your Horn
The Pleasure of His Company
Farewell, Farewell Eugene

1964

A Far Country
Sunday in New York
Seidman and Son
Critic's Choice
Dark at the Top of the Stairs

1965

Enter Laughing
Not in the Book
The Fantastics
Time Limit
The Sound of Murder

1966

Gigi
Come Back Little Sheba
See How They Run
You Can't Take It With You
Poor Richard

1967

A Case of Libel
The Irregular Verb to Love
The Royal Family
A Rainy Day in Newark
The Potting Shed

1968

Amphitryon 38
Write Me a Murder
The Indians Want the Bronx
Nobody Loves an Albatross
The Waltz of the Toreadors
Wait Until Dark

1969

The Lion in Winter
Hands Across the Sea
Red Peppers
Tonight at 8:30
Ways and Means
The Curious Savage
Absence of a Cello
All The Way Home

1970's

1970

The Owl and the Pussycat
Incident at Vichy
The Showoff
Star Spangled Girl
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1971

The Man Nobody Saw
A Thousand Clowns
The Importance of Being Earnest
Out at Sea
Inherit the Wind
Beckett
Light Up The Sky
Boys in the Band

1972

The Night of the Iguana
Child's Play
Escurial
Krapp's Last Tape
Man on The Ledge in Room 926
The Miracle Worker
Anniversary Waltz
A Doll's House

1973

Change of Scenery
Home
Krapp's Last Tape
A Raisin in the Sun
Beggar's Opera
A Hatful of Rain
What the Butler Saw

1974

Kiss Me Kate
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
The Member of the Wedding
Everybody Loves Opal
The Mikado
Vivat, Vivat Regina
The Amorous Flea

1975

A Midsummer Night's Dream
I Never Sang For My Father
Guys and Dolls
Ten Little Indians
Born Yesterday
Only An Orphan Girl
High Spirits
Finishing Touches

1976

The Pajama Game
The Patriots
The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd
The Fantasticks
Forty Carats

1977

The Little Foxes
The School For Scandal
Paint Your Wagon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Hotel Paradiso

1978

To Kill a Mockingbird
Ring Around the Moon
Fiddler on the Roof
Camelot
Flowers for Algernon
Company
The Rainmaker
Blithe Spirit

1979

God's Favorite
Revolution Without Casualties
The Caretaker
Finian's Rainbow
Applause
Done to Death
On a Clear Day
Philadelphia, Here I Come
Cinderella

1980's

1980

The Diary of Anne Frank
The Imaginary Invalid
Lovers and Other Strangers
Dear World
Barefoot in the Park
Funny Girl
Butterflies are Free
Mame
Sly Fox
Frankenstein: A Love Story

1981

Night Watch
Good Evening
God
Hello Out There
The Sunshine Boys
Same Time, Next Year
The Gingerbread Lady
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
The Peacock Season
Eeyore's Christmas Present

1982

Chapter Two
Our Town
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
David and Lisa
Cabaret
The Man Who Came to Dinner

1983

The Lion in Winter
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Seesaw
See How They Run
Sweeney Todd
Bedroom Farce

1984

You Can't Take It With You
Look Homeward, Angel
The Sound of Music
Gigi
Norman, Is That You?

1985

Side by Side by Sondheim
Picnic
They're Playing Our Song
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Wait Until Dark

1986

My Sister Eileen
On Borrowed Time
Something's Afoot
'Night Mother
Barnum
Breakfast with Les and Bess
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

1987

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Fifth of July
Aint Misbehavin'
Harvey
I'm Not Rappaport
As Is
Sunday in the Park with George
The House of Blue Leaves

1988

The Crucible
Biloxi Blues
Babes in Arms
La Cage Aux Folles
Murder on the Nile

1989

A...My Name is Alice
The Children's Hour
I'm Not Rappaport
Dreamgirls
Follies
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

1990's

1990

The Diviners
The Boys Next Door
Chicago
Life with Father
A Chorus Line
The Shadow Box

1991

Baby
The Dresser
Big River
Crimes of the Heart
Annie
Amadeus

1992

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
Noises Off
The Wiz
Deathtrap
West Side Story
Broadway Bound/Brighton Beach Memoirs

1993

Pippin
The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
Man of LaMancha
Talley's Folly
Guys and Dolls
Macbeth
Retrieving the Lamb

1994

Once on this Island
Master Harold and the Boys
City of Angels
Assassins
The Comedy of Errors

1995

The Cemetary Club
A Raisin in the Sun
1776
The Music Man
Inspecting Carol

1996

Witness for the Prosecution
Cabaret
Fences
My Fair Lady
A Streetcar Named Desire

1997

Barefoot in the Park
The Miracle Worker
Bubbling Brown Sugar
Gypsy
Arsenic and Old Lace

1998

An Ideal Husband
Death of a Salesman
Anything Goes
Brigadoon
The Piano Lesson

1999

Present Laughter
A Doll's House
Into the Woods
The Boyfriend
Sweet Bird of Youth

2000's

2000

The Taming of the Shrew
Driving Miss Daisy
The Philadelphia Story
South Pacific
Rebecca

2001

The Importance of Being Earnest
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Damn Yankees
You Can't Take It With You

2002

Romeo and Juliet
All My Sons
Sweet Charity
Show Boat
Lend Me a Tenor

2003

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Man of LaMancha
Evita
Blithe Spirit

2004

She Loves Me
A Raisin in the Sun
Rumors
Cabaret
Picasso at the Lapine Agile

2005

Noises Off
Our Town
Nine
Kiss Me Kate
Lost In Yonkers

2006

I'm Not Rappaport
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Little Night Music
A Chorus Line
On Golden Pond

2007

Brighton Beach Memoirs
The Crucible
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Oliver!
The Heidi Chronicles
A Christmas Carol

2008

Walking Across Egypt
The Diary of Anne Frank
Little Shop of Horrors
Godspell
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
A Christmas Carol

2009

Shakespeare in Hollywood
Death of a Salesman
The Full Monty
Seussical
The Woman in Black
A Christmas Carol

2010's

2010

Biloxi Blues
A Streetcar Named Desire
Smoke on the Mountain
Annie
Steel Magnolias
A Christmas Carol

2011

The Graduate
The Glass Menagerie
Rent
Same Time, Next Year
The Music Man
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
A Christmas Carol

2012

Doubt, A Parable
Around the World in 80 Days
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Odd Couple (Female Version)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
In the Heat of the Night
A Christmas Carol

2013

The Foreigner
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Avenue Q
Gypsy
Arsenic and Old Lace
A Christmas Carol

2014

The Miss Firecracker Contest
Driving Miss Daisy
Hair
Footloose
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Christmas Carol

2015

Harvey
The Normal Heart
Jesus Christ Superstar

Awards & Accolades

Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award (Executive Director, Ron Law)

North Carolina Theatre Conference Awards, 2013

Theatre Person of the Year (Executive Director, Ron Law)

Metrolina Theatre Association Awards, 2013

Outstanding Musical of the Year ("Avenue Q")

Metrolina Theatre Association Awards, 2013

Best of the Best Award for Theatre with Staying Power

Charlotte Magazine, 2013

Best Theatre Experience

QC Exclusive Magazine, 2012

Outstanding Musical of the Year ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee")

Metrolina Theatre Association Awards, 2012

Theatre Company of the Year

Metrolina Theatre Association Awards, 2011

Outstanding Musical of the Year ("The Full Monty")

Metrolina Theatre Association Awards, 2009

Community Theatre of the Year

North Carolina Theatre Conference Awards, 2008

Cultural Partner of the Year

Arts & Science Council, 2008

Chairman's Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Leadership and Governance

Executive Service Corps, 2007

Outstanding Musical of the Year ("Cabaret")

Metrolina Theatre Association Awards, 2006

Community Theatre of the Year

North Carolina Theatre Conference Awards, 1999

Community Theatre of the Year

North Carolina Theatre Conference Awards, 1987