BWW Feature: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Center For Puppetry Arts
When you think of puppets crossing paths with theatre, you might have an inclination to think of "Avenue Q" or maybe "Hand to God." However, the folks at Atlanta's Center for Puppetry of the Arts would beg to differ. The puppet-based theatre company explores multiple types of puppetry arts, including the rod puppets used in their upcoming show, CHARLOTTE'S WEB.
The classic tale is the fourth show in the company's family series, a collection of shows that will entertain children and resonate with adults. CHARLOTTE'S WEB was originally a children's book written by E.B. White and published in 1952. It has since been made into animated films and plays, becoming a staple in the process of growing up.
You probably already know the story of Wilbur the pig and his personal heroine, a spider by the name of Charlotte. You do not know about the experience of seeing the show performed Czech black with puppets (unless you attended the Center's previous run of the show several years ago).
Even further, a ticket to CHARLOTTE'S WEB offers you a lot. Obviously, you are granted admission to see the performance. You also receive a receive a ticket to see the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (conveniently located inside the Center), which features the world's largest collection of Jim Henson puppets ("Muppets," "Sesame Street"). Lastly, after the show, you can head to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ to build a Gabby Goose Rod Puppet on site or take it home for fun later on.
Center for Puppetry Arts additionally offers a sensory-friendly show on Sunday, October 1, 2017. With a performance at 1 p.m., the museum will be open an hour beforehand and the workshop will be open until 2:45 p.m. All events will be spectrum friendly and include staff members trained to work with patrons with ASD.
Of course, CHARLOTTE'S WEB also has a seasoned cast which includes Dolph Amick, Nikolas Carleo, Anna Caudle, Brian Harrison, and Amy Sweeney. All of the actors involved have performed in numerous shows at the Center and are ready for another adventure of a lifetime with "some pig!"
Center for Puppetry Arts presents CHARLOTTE'S WEB in their Mainstage Theatre with performances from September 19 - October 22, 2017. Showtimes vary based on days of the week with school-time performances available. A sensory-friendly show is offered on October 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. All tickets can be purchase online.