By: Terry Grufik | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013
(L to R): Madeline Kassen (Fern Arable), Anna Myers (Charlotte), Heath Piersol (Avery Arable), and Jenna Davis (Wilbur).
Spotlight Children’s Theatre will present “Charlotte’s Web” March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Spotlight Theater, 1381 Riverside Dr. in Tulsa. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 and March 8 and 2 p.m. on March 2, 3, 9 and 10.
“Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White, is the best-selling children’s book of all time and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary of publication in 2012. The Children’s Literature Association named “Charlotte’s Web” as “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” The full-length play has been adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, who worked closely with E. B. White to create a thrilling theatrical presentation.
“Charlotte’s Web” tells the heartwarming story of Wilbur, an irresistible and curious young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher and have a friend, including Fern, a girl who loves Wilbur and understands what animals say to each other, and most of all, Charlotte, the extraordinary spider who proves to be a true friend by the words she creates in her web to save Wilbur from the butcher block. The play teaches us the valuable life lessons of love, friendship, loyalty and sacrifice.
The all-student cast of 22 features Anna Myers, 14, as Charlotte (home schooled, Tulsa), Jenna Davis, 10, as Wilbur (Eliot Elementary, Tulsa) and Madeline Kassen, 14, as Fern (Jenks Middle School). Students from Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Bixby and Mannford are performing in the show. Terry Grufik directs the production.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children under 12. For more information or ticket reservations, contact the Spotlight Theater at (918) 587-5030 or at www.spotlighttheater.org.