Theatre and Dance Opens With Live Performance of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (FSU audience only)

 FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with CES, will present E.B. White’s classic “Charlotte’s Web,” adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. Performances will take place Thursday, Oct. 22, through Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre and are available to FSU students, faculty and staff. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public tickets cannot be sold at this time.

The Children’s Literature Association named “Charlotte’s Web” “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.”

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 that ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship and connection, something especially important during this time.

The cast consists of Zoie Collins (Charlotte), Abby McLaughlin (Fern), Christian Scott (Wilbur), Mason “Kai” Wellons (Narrator), Dominique Little (Goose, Fair President, Various), Brendon McCabe (Templeton the Rat, Avery, Various), Hayden Shoemaker Davis (Gander, Carter, Various) and Kirk Squires (Homer, Uncle the Pig, Old Sheep). The actors will perform in masks.

Members of the creative team include Mairzy Yost-Rushton (director), Kasey Taylor (assistant director), Denise Adams (stage manager), Emily Hash (choreographer), Gordon Duguid (scenic and props designer), Gray Walters (lighting and sound designer), Grace Easterday (costume designer) Francis Sharkey (gaffer) and Darrell Rushton (fight director).

Tickets are $7 and reservations can be made online by visiting Click “buy tickets.” Each show has a limited number of tickets that will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. In-person ticket sales are not available for this production. For info, contact the box office at 301-687-7462.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, FSU follows state health guidelines requiring the wearing of masks and physical distancing from others. Visitors to campus must visit for symptom monitoring before arriving on campus and be prepared to display the “Reduced Risk” badge.

Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm

F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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