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Children's theatre ready to weave web

February 10, 2010
The Peacock Children's Theatre Inc. will present its first product — "Charlotte's Web" — beginning Feb. 20 at Hillview Christian Church west of Marengo.

The theatre, a regional effort that includes Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Orange and Washington counties, is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Crawford County Inc.

Adapted from E.B. White's book by Joseph Robinette, "Charlotte's Web" is about Wilbur the pig, who is the runt of the litter. Fern Arable begs her father to let her nurse Wilbur to good health. He thrives and is sold to the Zuckerman Farm, where he grows bigger until he is ready to be sold to the butcher.

Wilbur doesn't want to die; he wants to live and enjoy being with his friends. His best friend, a beautiful spider named Charlotte, makes a plan to save Wilbur's life with the help of the other farm animals, including Templeton the rat. The plan is a success and Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig at the county fair.

"Lessons of friendship, loyalty, truth and life and death are learned in this prize-winning classic" volunteer artistic director Rita Harden said.

Parents and children are encouraged to read White's book prior to seeing the play.

"By doing so, the children can understand the story, and how a book can be adapted to a script for a live theatre production," Bonita Embry Coots, president and CEO of the CFCC, said.

Performances, which will run about 100 minutes with an intermission, will be on Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28, at 2 and 6 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased by calling the CFCC office at 633-2077 or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Refreshments will be available for a donation. Production T-shirts, buttons and magnets will be available for sale at the performances.

The cast includes actors from ages 6 to 18. They are: Fern (played by Brooklyn Bruner), John Arable (Zac Bruner), Martha Arable (Summor Carmon), Avery Arable (Nicholas Riddell), Homer Zuckerman (J.D. Oglesby), Edith Zuckerman (Jessica Johnson), Lurvy (Matthew Gnadinger), Wilbur (Cody Retherford), Templeton (Levi Retherford), Charlotte (Arianna Cox), Goose (Grace Cox), Gander (Marissa Gnadinger), Sheep (Emily Williams), Lamb (Dillon Riddell), Chorus Member No. 1 (Emily Epple), Chorus Member No. 2 (Stephanie Johnson), Frog (Emily Gnadinger, Jadin Wolf), Cat (Jadin Wolf, Emily Gnadinger, Danielle Sommerman), Uncle (Levi Retherford), 4-H Announcers (Shaylon Kannapel, Shyla Ingle, Amanda Tomlison), Grand Marshal (Lukas Crecelius), First Spectator (Dillon Riddell), Second Spectator (Shyla Ingle), Reporter (Shyla Ingle), Photographer (Shaylon Kannapel), Judges (Dillon Riddell, Shaylon Kannapel, Shyla Ingle), First Fairgoer (Shyla Ingle), Second Fairgoer (Dillon Riddell), Third Fairgoer (Shaylon Kannapel), Joy (Emily Gnadinger), Aranea (Amanda Tomlinson) and Nellie (Jadin Wolf).

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