Motlow Children’s Theater Class to present “Charlotte’s Web” Friday night
The Motlow State children’s theater class will present a public performance of the play version of E.B. White’s beloved classic “Charlotte’s Web” on Friday, Nov. 17, inside Powers Auditorium in Eoff Hall on Motlow’s Moore County campus.
Show time is set for 7:30 p.m. Prior to the show, there will be a reception catered by One22West of Tullahoma at 6:30 p.m., with live entertainment in the lobby of Eoff Hall. There is no admission charge, but reservations are highly recommended. To reserve your seats please call 931-393-1730.
During the past two weeks the play has been seen by thousands of area elementary school children throughout Motlow’s 11-county service area, who have visited the Moore County campus for as many as three shows per day. The play is just one of many cultural events scheduled each year on Motlow’s four campuses, with most being free to the public.
The Children’s Literature Association named “Charlotte’s Web” as, “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 theater 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, knowing play about friendship that gives actors a great opportunity and audiences an evening of enchantment.
The play is directed and produced by long-time Motlow Associate Professor of Theater Jeannie Gallant.
The cast, in order of appearance, includes:
Narrators - Azalea Hallman and Kara Stilinski, Fern Arable - Jachlyne Dobbs, John Arable - Anthony Dzubiak, Martha Arable - Jenipher Dobbs-Carpenter, Avery Arable - Riley Stephens, Homer Zuckerman - Luc Zahorian, Edith Zuckerman - Sabrina Enix, Lurvy - Trevor Ivey-Bodman, Wilbur - Zack Hughes, Templeton - Colton Hargrove, Charlotte - Delaina Black, Goose - Abby Anderson, Gander - Lewis Moore, Sheep - Sammy Delovich, Lamb - Olivia Beavers, Cat - Kat Hawkins, Reporter - Sarah Clarneau, Announcer - Kurt Krause, Spiders - Kat Hawkins, Abby Anderson, and Kara Stilinsk.
The production crew includes:
Director - Associate Professor Jeannie Gallant, Assistant to the Director - Steph Bottum, Stage Manager - Sarah Clarneau, Set Designer - Kurt Krause/Jeannie Gallant, Set Builders - Kurt Krause and class, Lighting Designer - Steph Bottum and Kurt Krause, Sound Designer - Azalea Hallman, Costume Designer - Jeannie Gallant, Costume Builder - Jeannie Gallant, Light Board Operator - Steph Bottum, Sound Board Operator - William Prater.