ARVADA, Colo. – The beloved children’s story of friendship and love between two unlikely characters, “Charlotte’s Web,” is playing
Sept. 23 – Nov. 21
at the Arvada Center’s indoor theater.
Ideal for children ages four and older,
this timeless tale tells the story of Wilbur, the loveable pig, and his hero Charlotte, the clever spider, who uses her web-spinning talent to save him from the butcher while making him famous at the same time.
Wilbur also gets help from Fern, the young girl who nursed him from birth, and his other barnyard friends like Goose, Gander, and even Templeton, the gluttonous rat with a bad attitude.
“You have kept its spirit and my intent,” commented E. B. White on this full-length play adapted by Joseph Robinette.Robinette is the author of 16 published plays and musicals and has won numerous national awards including the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup, presented annually by the Children’s Theatre Association of America.
This production is directed by Claudia Carson
, a familiar face at the Arvada Center, who played “Charlotte” in the Center’s original production of “Charlotte’s Web,” and was the nurse in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
“Charlotte’s Web” features returning cast member Shelly Bordas
in the lead role as Wilbur.Bordas is familiar with barnyard animal roles, particularly pigs, having played the role of “Babe” in “Babe the Sheep Pig” at the Center.
“Charlotte’s Web” opens with a noon performance on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and will run most Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and noon. Weekend performances are Saturday, Oct. 11 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.A complete schedule of performances can be found at the end of this release. This schedule is also available online at www.arvadacenter.org.Individual tickets are priced at $6, with a family four-pack offered for $20.
“Charlotte’s Web” will also be featured in a Family Theater Arts Day on Saturday, Oct. 11.Children age 5 and older, accompanied by an adult, will get to enjoy a performance of “Charlotte’s Web”, tour backstage for a behind-the-scenes look at the production, and create artwork to take home.Tickets for Family Theater Arts Day are $10 per person.For more information or to purchase tickets call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org.
This children’s theater production is presented in partnership with Target, Mervyn’s, Post-News Charities, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation and St. Paul Companies, Inc. Foundation.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s eighth largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center's web site atwww.arvadacenter.org
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Schedule of Performances for “Charlotte’s Web”
Tuesday, Sept. 23, noon
Thursday, Sept.25, 10 a.m. & noon
Friday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. & noon
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. & noon
Thursday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. & noon
Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. & noon
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. & noon
Thursday, Oct 9, 10 a.m. & noon
Friday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. & noon
Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. & noon
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. & noon
Thursday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. & noon
Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. & noon
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. & noon
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.& noon
Friday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. & noon
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. & noon (noon show is audio-described for the blind)
Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. & noon (both shows are shadow interpreted for the deaf)
Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. & noon (both shows are shadow interpreted for the deaf)
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. & noon
Thursday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. & noon
Friday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. & noon
(Photos available upon request)
Kathy Kuehn (producer), Rod Lansberry (associate producer), Claudia Carson (director), Lisa Hoffman (stage manager), Laura Love (scenic design), Chris Campbell (costume design), Daniel Grieve (sound design), Rebecca Shepard (properties), Gail Gober (production coordinator and lighting design), Nick Cimyotte (tech coordinator), Dave Cimyotte (lead tech).
DaNia Anderson (Charlotte), Jessica Austgen (Fern, Goose), Shelly Bordas (Wilbur), Steven J. Burge (Templeton, Avery, Understudy-Wilbur), Ed McBride (Homer, Sheep, Uncle, Spectator 1), Sheila Swanson McIntyre (Narrator, Reporter, Mrs. Arable, Spectator 2, Understudy – Templeton), Brian L. Upton (Mr. Arable, Lurvy, Gander, President of Fair, Understudy – Narrator, Reporter, Avery), Ken Paul (Understudy – Mr. Arable, Lurvy, Homer, President of Fair, Uncle, Gander, Sheep, Spectator 1), Michelle Paul (Understudy – Charlotte, Fern, Goose, Mrs. Arable, Spectator 2).