Columbus State Stages Charlotte’s Web Jan. 20-23

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Charlotte will be spinning her web once again as students of the Columbus State University Department of Theatre take to the stage to present Charlotte’s Web Jan. 20-23. 
Charlotte's Web poster
The beloved children’s classic by E.B. White is the story of Wilbur the pig, who is befriended by Charlotte the spider. Charlotte saves Wilbur from being slaughtered by writing words in her web praising the pig, which goes on to win a prize at the county fair.

This is the first time CSU has presented the play, which was adapted for theatre by playwright Joseph Robinette from White’s children novel. Directed by professor Brenda May Ito, the play features six CSU students — Tate LeClair (Wilbur), Amanda Roberts (Charlotte), Sonnet Moore, Cory Paul Jarrell, Jacob Jones and Matthew Rodgers — playing multiple roles.

The production follows the original story closely since “the children get upset if it’s not like the book,” said Ito. The only change is that Charlotte is a puppet, with voice provided by Roberts, and young Wilbur is a puppet in the first scene, which is then played by LeClair after Wilbur turns older. “Other than that, we are pretty much sticking to the story,” she said.

After the play closes at CSU, the cast will go on tour, presenting the play at various schools throughout Georgia. “They tour every Tuesday and Thursday, and take all their other classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday., Ito said. We start at Wynnton Elementary on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and then Thursday we are at two schools in Atlanta. We have about 50 schools booked so far and will probably end up doing between 55 and 60 performances.”

The general public can catch Charlotte’s whimsical weaving of her web at Theatre on the Park’s MainStage on CSU’s downtown Columbus RiverPark Campus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $10 or $5 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni. CSU students can receive one free ticket while CSU faculty and staff can receive two complimentary tickets. Hours for the CSU Theatre Box Office at 10th Street and Bay Avenue are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, plus one hour prior to each show. For more information, go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8444.