'Charlotte's Web' The Musical

December 12
10:19 AM 2006

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 educate@actorsplayhouse.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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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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