WSU Summer Show is Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web
Based upon the story by E. B. White
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette

Children and adults have 13 opportunities to attend Charlotte’s Web, and be captured by a production that weaves themes of true friendship, change and loss amidst the backdrop of the Great Depression. Performances are June 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The June 29 and July 9 shows are sold out. All performances begin at 10:30 a.m.

Charlotte’s Web begins on the Arable family farm when eight-year-old Fern Arable pleads with her father to spare the life of a tiny pig born the night before. In exchange for the runt’s life, Mr. Arable tasks Fern with the responsibility of caring for the pig she affectionately names Wilbur. After a few weeks, Wilbur is sold to Fern’s Uncle Homer and becomes a resident of the animal community on the Zuckerman farm. Fern’s visits grow fewer and farer in between as she gets older, and Wilbur becomes lonely. Wilbur’s loneliness is quelled when he meets Charlotte, the barn spider who tells him that she will be his friend. When Wilbur discovers that he’s slated to become the Zuckerman’s Christmas dinner, Charlotte weaves words into her web promoting Wilbur’s excellence, and proves to be the most loyal friend a pig could have.

Charlotte’s Web cast members include Vanessa Sawson (Wilbur), Carollette Phillips (Charlotte), Laura Heikkinen (Fern, Goose, Spectator), Alexander Schott (Templeton, Arable, Lurby), Dave Toomey (Homer, Sheep, Spectator, Avery) and Samantha Rosentrater (Narrator, Gander, Reporter, Uncle, President of the Fair).

Tickets are $5 for children, $8 for adults and $5 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at 313-577-2972, online at www.hilberry.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Cass Ave. and Hancock.

Pictured below are Vanessa Sawson and Laura Heikkinen.

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