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CHARLOTTE’S WEB

SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 21, 2018   (ALL AGES)

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Based on the story by E.B. White. Dramatized by Joseph Robinette

AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE RETURNS!  – “It’s not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” We kick off the celebration of our 35th anniversary season with an all-time audience favorite. The classic story of friendship, based on the book by E.B. White, will warm hearts young and old as it charms its way onto our main stage this fall. Down on the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur, an irresistible young pig is determined to avoid the butcher. With the help of his friends (especially the magnificent spider, Charlotte) Wilbur is not only safe, but learns that true friends live in our hearts forever. This 60-minute adaptation of the novel, named one of the best American children’s books of the past two hundred years, will enchant audiences of all ages.

CAST

CARTER / NARRATOR / SPECTATOR: Rahael Achett
GOOSE / NARRATOR / UNCLE: Emily Anose
LURVY / NARRATOR / PRESIDENT OF FAIR: Kamrie Frost
ZUCKERMAN / MR. ARABLE: David Gamache
FERN: Lucy McArdle
WILBUR: Soren Miller
AVERY / NARRATOR: Peter Neiberger
SHEEP / MRS. ARABLE / NARRATOR / SPECTATOR: Isidora Nelson
TEMPLETON: Abby Schroeder
CHARLOTTE: Boo Segersin
GANDER / NARRATOR / SPECTATOR: Daniel Untiedt

 

 

The cast and crew of Charlotte's Web at Stages Theatre Company (2018). Photo by Steve Fischer

The cast and crew of Charlotte’s Web at Stages Theatre Company (2018). Photo by Steve Fischer

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR: Jeannine Coulombe
SET DESIGNER: Anne Henly
PROPS DESIGNER: Jim Hibbeler
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Gretchen Katt
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: James Lekatz
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER: Lisa Mangone
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Karin Olson
STAGE MANAGER: Shelby Reddig
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Andrea Wylie
SOUND BOARD OPERATOR: Zoe Sax
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR: Delaney Brooks
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Melanie Salmon-Peterson

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Carpenter: Bridget Gustafson
Master Electrician: Jeff Neppl
Scenic Artist: Cinde Ashley
Sound Technician: Cody R. Braudt
Videographer: Steve Fischer
Volunteers: Mariann Wolfe, Yvonne Ring, John Cardinal,
Warren Glidden, Justin Dekker
Intern: Natalie Dekker

BIO FOR DIRECTOR: Jeannine Coulombe

Jeannine

Jeannine is a theatre artist, playwright and educator. She has directed over twenty theatre productions in the Twin Cities and in past seasons for Stages Theatre Company, she has directed The Diary of Anne FrankLilly’s Purple Plastic PurseZen Ties(Co-Directed), The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneNumber the Stars, and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. As a playwright, she has authored more than a dozen full-length original plays and numerous shorter works. Her plays have been seen in the Twin Cities, New York, Chicago, California, Atlanta, Colorado, and Iowa. She wrote the adaptations of Stages Theatre Company’s productions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, Zen Shorts and Zen Ties She was the book writer and lyricist for Stages’ adaptation of One Dog Canoe, I Love You, Stinky Face and Stone Soup. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Jeannine received her BFA in Acting and her BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA from the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was a founding member of the Twin Cities’ company, Theatre Unbound and a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective for 10 years. Jeannine has been a teaching artist for almost two decades and has been on the education staff at Stages Theatre Company since 2008 and became the Conservatory Director in 2011. In 2014, she became Stages’ Manager of New Play Development.

DATES & SHOWTIMES

Friday, September 21 7 PM
Saturday, September 22 1 PM
Sunday, September 23 1 PM

Thursday, September 27 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, September 28 7 PM
Saturday, September 29 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, September 30 1 PM & 4 PM

Wednesday, October 3 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, October 4 10 AM Sensory Friendly
Friday, October 5 10 AM
Saturday, October 6 1 PM
Sunday, October 7 1 PM

Wednesday, October 10 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, October 11 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Saturday, October 13 10 AM & 1 PM (10 AM Sensory Friendly)
Sunday, October 14 1 PM & 4 PM (4 PM ASL & AD)

Wednesday, October 17 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, October 18 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, October 19 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Saturday, October 20 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, October 21 1 PM

  • ASL INTERPRETED & AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES – Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 4:00 PM
  • PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE – Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 1:00 PM
  • SENSORY FRIENDLY – Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 10:00 AM

Special thanks to our friends at Spring Farm Animal Sanctuary for the beautiful location.
Photos by Steve Fischer

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Set design for Charlotte's Web at Stages Theatre Company (2018). Set Designer: Anne Henly

Set design for Charlotte’s Web at Stages Theatre Company (2018). Set Designer: Anne Henly

SHOW BACKGROUND

Based on the story by E.B. White. Dramatized by Joseph Robinette

MEET THE DIRECTOR: Jeannine Coulombe

Jeannine

Jeannine is a theatre artist, playwright and educator. She has directed over twenty theatre productions in the Twin Cities and in past seasons for Stages Theatre Company, she has directed The Diary of Anne FrankLilly’s Purple Plastic PurseZen Ties(Co-Directed), The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneNumber the Stars, and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. As a playwright, she has authored more than a dozen full-length original plays and numerous shorter works. Her plays have been seen in the Twin Cities, New York, Chicago, California, Atlanta, Colorado, and Iowa. She wrote the adaptations of Stages Theatre Company’s productions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, Zen Shorts and Zen Ties She was the book writer and lyricist for Stages’ adaptation of One Dog Canoe, I Love You, Stinky Face and Stone Soup. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Jeannine received her BFA in Acting and her BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA from the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was a founding member of the Twin Cities’ company, Theatre Unbound and a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective for 10 years. Jeannine has been a teaching artist for almost two decades and has been on the education staff at Stages Theatre Company since 2008 and became the Conservatory Director in 2011. In 2014, she became Stages’ Manager of New Play Development.

THE SHOW CREATORS

E.B. WHITE (Author)

Writer E.B. White was born Elwyn Brooks White on July 11, 1899, in Mount Vernon, New York. He attended Cornell University where he served as the editor of the school’s newspaper. After graduating in 1921, he pursued a career in journalism for several years. He worked for the United Press and the Seattle Times before eventually landing a position with The New Yorker magazine in 1927, where he worked for the rest of his career.

In addition to his work for The New Yorker, White also created classics of children’s literature. His first children’s book, Stuart Little, published in 1945 related the delightful adventures of a mouse living with his human family in New York City.

By the end of the 1930s, White and his family were spending most of their time at their Maine farmhouse. One day, White spotted a spider spinning an egg sac in his barn. This encounter provided the inspiration for what is perhaps his most beloved work, Charlotte’s Web (1952), about the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and Wilbur the pig.

Though White became known for his children’s literature, he continued to write for adults as well. His literary classic Here Is New York, published as an essay in 1948 before being reprinted in book form the following year, is to many the quintessential depiction of the Big Apple experience. He also revised an earlier work by William Strunk Jr., coming out with his take on The Elements of Style in 1959. The advice contained in this well-known book helped to shape and inspire many future generations of writers.

White received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. He followed this accomplishment with his third classic work for young readers, The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). In 1971, White was awarded the National Medal for Literature.

White wrote numerous poems and essays during his life as well; a collection of his essays came out in 1977. White died on October 1, 1985 at his home in North Brooklin, Maine at the age of 86. (courtesy of www.biography.com)

JOSEPH ROBINETTE (PLAYWRIGHT)

Joseph Robinette is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical. He is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the BBC in Britain, in all 50 states and in 21 foreign countries. Twelve of his works have been translated into foreign languages, and another five have been anthologized. Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte’s Web, and he wrote the musical version with Charles Strouse (Annie and Bye, Bye, Birdie). Other dramatizations include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Anne of Green Gables and Debbie Macomber’s A Gift to Last and The Inn at Rose Harbor. He is the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award for Sarah, Plain and Tall and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America medallion for his “body of dramatic works for family audiences in the United States and beyond.” (courtesy of www.dramaticpublishing.com)

 

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