October 19, 2015 9:30AM
“Charlotte’s Web,” one of the most endearing and enduring children’s tales ever written, comes to life October 22-25 in Pittsburg State University’s Miller Theater in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
Megan Westhoff, who is directing the PSU Theatre production, said the play, which was written by Joseph Robinette, is a faithful adaptation of E.B. White’s treasured novel.
“This adaptation is the only one that White believed kept the intention and spirit of his original work,” said Westhoff. “While the book and the play take place in 1952, the themes of friendship, loyalty and determination still resonant with audiences today.”
The story follows the life of Wilbur the pig, who is adopted by the farmer’s daughter, Fern. When Wilbur is moved to his new life on the Zuckerman farm, he meets a new group of barnyard friends, including Charlotte the spider. Wilbur soon learns that pigs are not meant to live forever on a farm. Charlotte, meanwhile, enlists the help of her friends to save Wilbur from slaughter. She weaves words in her web to bring attention to the radiant and humble pig. Through the journey, all of the characters learn the importance of friendships. As Wilbur tells his friends, “I can face anything with friends like you. Friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world.”
The production features a cast of 20 actors who will recreate these cherished characters. In addition to the company of actors, several artists are contributing their talents to the production, including Linden Little, scenic and lighting design; Lisa Quinteros, costume and makeup design; Mary Lou Farmer, hair design; and Leo Hudson, multimedia design.
“Charlotte’s Web” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with two additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $11 for the general public, $6 for persons under 17 or over 65, and free to PSU students, faculty and staff with a valid PSU photo ID. Tickets are available through the PSU Ticket Office, 620-235-4796, www.pittstate.edu/tickets, or at the door approximately 30 minutes prior to curtain. Reservations are strongly encouraged.