Charlotte's Web: The Musical

Charlotte's Web

Adapted by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. 
Based on the book by E.B. White. Produced by special permission from Dramatic Publishing Company. 

In a new collaborative venture, the Children’s Chorus of Greater North Texas, the Art Club Studio, and Theater For Hope are proud to present Charlotte's Web: The Musical

This exciting version of Charlotte's Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White's beloved classic. With music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie, 'Bye, 'Bye Birdie) and book by Joseph Robinette (national award-winning children's playwright), this musical will delight audiences with a score that includes "Eating," Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends?", an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; "Nice to meet you--Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. This joyous musical offers family audiences a very special experience. 

Charlotte's Web: The Musical is produced by special permission from Dramatic Publishing Company. Local sponsors are Markl and Sons Heating and Cooling, AmeriState Bank, Cadence Studios, Hunt and Karen Tooley, and Gail Utter with Hope on Houston. 
Charlotte (Emie Shaw), Wilbur (Andrea Bryson), and Fern (Avery Tollison)

Meet the Cast and Crew

Cast in this production of Charlotte's Web as the Arable Family are Avery Tollison (Fern), Nicholas Williams (Avery), Anthony Scheibmeir (John, the father), and Logan Shurtleff (Martha, the mother).  The Zuckermans will be played by Jude Scheibmeir (Homer) and Catie Flood (Edith) joined by Colman Scheibmeir (Lurvy, the hired hand). Caleb Crocker will be playing the doctor, Anna Shaw will be playing the waitress, Emma Crocker will be playing the reporter, and Brennan Burton will be playing the photographer.

In the barnyard are Emie Shaw (Charlotte), Andrea Bryson (Wilbur), Allie Newtown (Goose), Tevan Collins (Gander), Sarah Williams (Old Sheep), Avery Williams (Lamb), and Mattie Scheibmeir (Templeton). Charlotte’s children will be played by Miriam Gunnels, MacKenzie Mullins, and Donovan Sims. Other animals are an Owl and Bat played by Agnes Gunnels and Ella Farris, and the blue-ribbon winning pig, Uncle, played by Brooklyn Holley. 

The music is enhanced by a chorus comprised of members of the Children’s Chorus of Greater North Texas (CCGNT) and the Grads Chorus: Brittani Crocker, Amelia Jackson, Maya Matlock, Molly McCrady, Annabella Pena, Karen Pena, Eric Phillips, Miriam Scheibmeir, Emma Sparks, Margaret Whelan.  Teaching the vocals is CCGNT director Heidi Scheibmeir, accompanied by Claire Dering and Cathy Sauls on piano. Tom Bryson will conduct a 5-piece band consisting of Cathy Sauls (piano), Claire Dering (synthesizer), Jacob Williams (guitar/banjo), Chio Nield (string bass), and Justin Lemaster (percussion). Leandra Williams and Webster Crocker lend their talents on choreography and on directing respectively.

No production would be complete without the support and talents of many volunteers! Costumers for the show include: Shelley Shurtleff, Hannah Horsley, Hisae, True, and Anna Shaw, and Irene Gunnels. Lydia Horsley and Sarah Newtown are handling props. Other members of the crew are: Hannah Parker, Amy Walton, Ethan Smith, Chessica Moon-Burton, Logan Shurtleff, and Nikki Crocker.