Season’s family series closes with 'Charlotte's Web'

“Charlotte’s Web” will be performed at the Jasper Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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JASPER — Jasper Community Arts will present “Charlotte’s Web” at the Jasper Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

This is the final production in the 2013-14 Family Fun Series and will feature five actors playing and singing in a dramatic presentation that is fun for all ages.

Theatreworks USA’s production of “Charlotte’s Web,”  a play by Joseph Robinette with incidental music by Jeffrey Lunden, is based on E.B. White’s story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.

Wilbur has a problem:  how to avoid winding up as pork chops.  Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zukerman — she will create a “miracle.”  Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.

This treasured tale features madcap and endearing farm animals an explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.  

The cast will include: Patricia Lynn (Charlotte), Kimberly Weinkle (Fern), Neal Tucker (Homer), Daniel Berlingeri (Templeton) and Aaron Kaplan (Wilbur).  

Robinette has authored or co-authored 39 published plays and has been recognized by the Children’s Theatre Association of America.  Lunden also composed the music for “Wings” and other award-winning productions.

Theatreworks USA — one of America’s largest not-for-profit professional theatres for young and family audiences — has brought plays and musicals to more than 80 million people and has the distinction of being the only children’s theatre company to have won both a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award.  

This performance is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission, Friends of the Arts and the City of Jasper.

Tickets for “Charlotte’s Web” — priced at $15 for adults and senior citizens and $8 for students and children — are available by calling the Jasper Arts Center at 482-3070.

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