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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Joseph Robinette
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 72
Pub. Date: 1983
ISBN-10: 0871292432
ISBN-13: 9780871292438

About the Play:

Winner of the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

Charlotte's Web is a full-length drama by Joseph Robinette, based on the classic children's book by E.B. White. The heartwarming tale of friendship between the adorable piglet Wilbur and his wise friend Charlotte the spider. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give your actors a great opportunity and your audience an evening of enchantment.

Charlotte's Web is the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte. 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." When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. Charlotte's Web offers us all an inspiring reminder of how loyal friends can come in all shapes in sizes, whether it's in a barnyard or in the schoolyard.

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 author E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. The costumes and unit set may be simple or as colourful and elaborate as you wish; it's the story and relationships that make the show.

Cast: 7 to 9 women, 5 to 7 men, flexible ensemble group

About the Playwright:

Joseph Robinette is the author or co-author almost 60 published plays and musicals, qualifying him as one of America's most prolific playwrights. His works have been produced in all 50 states and in 17 foreign countries. Twelve of his works have been translated into foreign languages, and another five have been anthologized. He is Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Rowan University in New Jersey where he taught speech and theater there for 34 years prior to his 2005 retirement. He is the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education's Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup, the 2004 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." He is also a Tony Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical.