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Charlotte's Web


August 4, 2014

The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling theatrical presentation.

It’s the story and relationships that make the show. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.”

Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give families a morning of enchantment.

In August 2012, the readers of LA Parent magazine voted the Morgan-Wixson’s Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.) as one of the Top 2 Children’s Theatres in all of Los Angeles. Y.E.S. is part of the Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Participants range in age from 8-18. Y.E.S. offers four youth productions each year and one full-length Youth Musical each November/ December; performances are on Saturdays and Sundays. Most Y.E.S. shows are selected to support national and local school reading lists.

William Wilday directs again for the Morgan-Wixson. Most recently, he directed MWT’s mainstage production of Steve Martin’s The Underpants and last summer’s Y.E.S. production of Alice in Wonderland.

July 12 through July 27, 2014

Saturdays & Sundays at 11am

Morgan-Wixson Theatre

2627 Pico Boulevard

(Pico @ 27th Street),

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Accessible by Big Blue Bus #7 and #8.


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