Relocating to Charlotte, NC. Area and another large concern among people moving to the area is what is the cultural life like in Charlotte area. What is there to do and where to go? Charlotte is home to a wide array of arts and music venues scattered throughout the area. Listed below are some of the more popular theater places to visit in Charlotte area. Some make a great family event and others are perfect for a date night or night on the town where you want to catch a live show.
One of the most popular venues people in the Charlotte area visit is the Blumenthal center for performing arts. Located right in the heart of uptown this is home to many different types of art and culture. It hosts various off Broadway plays, home to the Charlotte symphony orchestra and the North Carolina Dance Theater among other acts and performers who perform there year round. With it’s walking distance to some fine dining it has become a very popular destination for the arts in uptown.
In addition there is the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte another popular destination that tends to sell out often on the weekends. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte presents bold and innovative new works by contemporary playwrights. It may be considered the Charlotte region's only professional theatre producing Off-Broadway-style plays at a very reasonable price.
Just outside of uptown in the arts district of NoDa is the Carolina Actors studio with its well renowned producers and writers. A great informal place to see a play where they incorporate the audience into some of their productions but always has you thinking.
Then there are my two favorite ones which are basically the same but one is for adults and the other for children. It si the Theater Charlotte and Children’s theater of Charlotte. Theater Charlotte is actually the oldest running theater in Charlotte celebrating over 86 years and running and like it’s sister companion the Children’s theater of Charlotte is run by mostly volunteers. Most of the people involved in the productions are doing it as a volunteer. I love the theater Charlotte for it’s quality play rights and the kids love the children’s theater for it’s storylines (geared to kids 3-18) with one of the few traveling fully professional touring groups calling it home. With over 300 performances a year it is a huge hit with kids and parents alike.
Now, you can venture outside the city of Charlotte to the neighboring town of Matthews and you will find smaller community house type venue the Matthews Playhouse of performing arts that bring local talent on the stage for a fun filled night as well. This theater is unique in that it allows the children to perform in front of an audience at very young ages and grow with the theater as they have expanded to offer adult shows in addition to the children shows and now perform year round.
In addition you have the local colleges with their performing arts programs that offer a fun filled evening out as well. Coming from Connecticut and frequently visiting New York and Broadway I found the theater choices and types of plays and theater here is Charlotte to be excellent with it’s wide array and especially love the kids programs to get my children to enjoy the theater as much as I do at a younger age.
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