HT Preview: Charlotte’s Web
Cardinal Stage presents classic children’s story
Oct 13, 2019
I have two plays to tell you about today, and only one of them involves a talking pig. Yes, of course, it’s “Charlotte’s Web,” the stage adaptation of E. B. White’s classic children’s story, reminding us that our breakfast meat has feelings, too.
The book was published in 1952, and multiple generations have grown up with the story and its 1973 Hanna-Barbera animated feature. (If you didn’t have a few tears in your eyes by the end, I daresay you were a Hanna-Barbarian.)
It’s the story of a girl named Fern who saves a runty piglet on her father’s farm, promising to take care of him. But once the piglet, newly named Wilbur, grows to pig size, he’s sent to a farm upstate (but not in the same way your parents told you about that dog you had when you were 7, and they promised you that you could go play with him, when actually …). But I digress.
Cardinal Stage is bringing the beloved story to life, featuring adorable children and costume-clad barnyard friends. Highlighting the experience is aerialist Kate-Lyn Edwards as the helpful spider, Charlotte. It sounds like her acrobatic skills will be put to good use and should be something to see.
This one’s an easy choice. Kids love Cardinal’s adaptations, and they’re done in a way that includes the parents, too. For the younger ones who have never experienced this story, it’s a great opportunity to see it immersively and then talk about the themes it touches on.