'Charlotte's Web' The Musical
Actors' Playhouse Musical Theatre For Young Audiences
Presents CHARLOTTE'S WEB Live On Stage
Actors' Playhouse will present Charlotte's Web live on stage as part of its 2006-2007 Musical Theatre for Young Audience (MTFYA) Series January 31-March 31, 2007 at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Adapted from the book award-winning author E. B. White, based on his own experiences on his family farm in Maine, the musical theatre adaptation is by Joseph Robinette (national award-winning children's playwright), with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye, Bye, Birdie). E.B. White's book has sold 45 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 23 languages. Regarded as the most beloved children's book of all time, White considered the book a story of "friendship and salvation on a farm," basing his story on his own love for animals on his family farm in Maine.
Charlotte's Web is the classic account of friendship, trust, and sacrifice, as the bond between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider sets the pace for this heartwarming story. Wilbur, a naive youthful pig, is the runt of the litter with a big heart on the Zuckerman Farm. The other barnyard animals, including Templeton the Rat, tease Wilbur prompting the close friendship Wilbur develops with Charlotte. Wilbur is doomed for slaughter, and only a miracle can save him. The friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte is so strong that Charlotte saves him by spinning words in her web in an effort to convince the farmer that "Wilbur is some pig and worth saving" In this story, a very small pig finds that the most powerful source in the world is the bond of friendship.
This exciting musical version of Charlotte's Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White's beloved classic with a thrilling musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. Barnyard life spins into real emotions teaching valuable lessons in camaraderie, devotion, sacrifice, and life's issues.
Charlotte's Web will play at the Miracle Theatre January 31-March 31, 2007. Performances are Saturdays at 2 PM at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables. Tickets for Saturday performances are $12 and can be ordered on line at www.actorsplayhouse.com or through the box office at 305-444-9293. Birthday party group rates for fifteen people or more are available for show only and/or show and party reception. Student weekday matinee performances are at 10 AM and can be booked through our education department or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student study guides are available online at their web site.
Actors' Playhouse is Florida's premiere Musical Theatre for Young Audiences awarded "Best In Miami" by South Florida Parenting Magazine readers with the KIDS CROWN AWARD. Over 50,000 children attend children's performances each year for its annual five-show season. Continuing the season is the new musical Understood Betsy presented April 25-May 26, 2007. Understood Betsy is the winning musical chosen from Actors' Playhouse annual national competition for new children's works. The show run will be initiated in a weekend family festival April 27-29th with presentations of Understood Betsy, meet the authors, other cultural events, and hands on activities for children. The final show of the season is The Fabulous Fable Factory that will be presented June 19-July 28th.
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