charlotte's web

The cast of “Charlotte’s Web” includes, from left, Katelyn Wells, of Hoopeston; Madison McTaggert, of Gilman; Megan Schippert, of Watseka, as Charlotte, the famous spider; Marisa Clark, of Watseka; Jessica Silfies, of Danforth; Zakk Clark, of Watseka; and Aaron Greene, of Watseka.

CISSNA PARK — Based on the 1952 children’s novel by E.B. White, “Charlotte’s Web” tells the tale about the unlikely friendship between a farm pig named Wilbur and a barn spider named Charlotte.

After Wilbur was taken in by Fern Arable as a pet when he was just a piglet, he gets sold to Fern’s uncle Zuckerman. While in his barnyard, he finds himself ignored by all of the other animals except for a barn spider — Charlotte.

Wilbur and Charlotte hatch a plan to save Wilbur after he finds out that he’s set to be slaughtered in the near future.

“Charlotte’s Web” was adapted into an animated feature in 1973, and a live-action version of E.B. White’s original story was released in 2006, starring Dakota Fanning as Fern Arable and the voices of Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur and Julia Roberts as Charlotte.

Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park will be bringing this heartfelt children’s story to the stage. First-time director Kellee Ward is taking the reins for the show with a little help from her daughter, Jordan.

Ward first began getting involved with Country Theatre Workshop when she was just 11 years old.

“I was the caterpillar in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and have been in and helped with numerous shows throughout the years since,” Ward said. “That’s about 30 years on and off.”

The cast for the production ranges in age from 7 to 17.

“These kiddos are just radiant and humble on the stage and cannot wait to welcome you all to the Zuckerman’s barn,” Ward said.

“People should come out to see ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at CTW to support our talented kids who have put their heart and souls into this production,” Ward said.

“They’ve spent many long nights learning lines, singing and a little bit of dancing to become a cast that I’m so blessed to have directed for the past eight weeks. Some of these cast members have done many shows, but there are many that this is their first, but hopefully not their last!”

“Charlotte’s Web” opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and will have an additional show at 2 p.m. Sunday at Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park, located at 1280 E. 770N Road.

Tickets are currently sold out, but if you call CTW at 815-457-2626, you’ll be put on a waiting list.

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