A day at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is always a magical experience but when you mix in a show like “Allie Kazan” it’s a guaranteed enchanting adventure.
“Allie Kazan” is a new, original, musical created by Jahanna Beecham and Malcolm Hilgartner who also created “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical.” The plot follows five young magicians competing at the 50th anniversary of the Young Masters of Magic competition for the prized Golden Key. There are some inevitable hiccups along the way including a bit of self doubt and a scary ghost causing some interruptions. Who will win?!
As a theater kid myself, I was thrilled with the chance to bring my older daughters to see the show. My 6-year-old and 4-almost-5-year-old daughters came along with me to “Allie Kazan” last weekend and we had a fabulous time. I was given a bit of advance notice that there were a few scary parts, but after talking it through ahead of time my kids did great.
Seeing a performance through the eyes of my children never ceases to be the most entertaining part of any show. They were wow-ed with the music and lights, loved the dancing, and most of all couldn’t believe the real magic that was happening before their eyes. Honestly I couldn’t believe the magic either. As it turns out, the show’s production team had a magic consultant from Tokyo – Steve Marshall- teach the actors magic and help the creative team in building some of the illusions.
Unfortunately, “Allie Kazan” finished its Charlotte run this past weekend but will continue on at Orlando Rep Theater soon. An upcoming production to be on the lookout for at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is “Sunjata Kamalenya: The Story of the True Lion King of Africa,” coming March 3-4.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is unparalleled in its ability to produce quality theatrical entertainment for families in the Charlotte area. From the moment you walk through the double doors, each aspect of ImaginOn and McColl Theater are tailored to making the experience memorable. While being as family friendly as it gets, from having a quiet room available at every show, ASL interpreters, and open to all ages and abilities, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte maintains a professional production value and environment.
If you’re looking for a fun, family adventure Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has plenty to offer. Check out their website for information on more upcoming shows, classes, and camps!
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Children’s Theatre of Charlotte creates exceptional theatre experiences, inspiring generations to explore the wonder of their world. For 75 years, the organization has provided professional, imaginative productions and inspiring education offerings to families and children of all ages. With year-long programming, whether on stage or in the classroom, there is always something to discover at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. To learn more, visit ctcharlotte.org or call 704-973-2828.