Directed by Terrill Bowles.
The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful and enchanting play that is ultimately about friendship.
We are hoping to cast this play entirely with students in Grades 1-12. We need 5 to 7 males and 7 to 9 females. There may also be parts available for non-speaking extras. No preparation is necessary. Speaking parts will be auditioned by reading dialog from the script.
We will also need the help of several parents to form a Parent’s Committee to work backstage during rehearsals and performances keeping our young actors on task, to help with costuming and makeup, and props, etc.