‘Charlotte’s Web’ to hit stage

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Opera House will host TheaterWorksUSA’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” on Sunday.

The show opens at 2 p.m.

E.B. White’s story centers on the friendship of a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.

Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up in the slaughterhouse. Enter Charlotte, a fine writer and a true friend, who assures Wilbur she will save him. Charlotte hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman –she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution that not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.

“Charlotte’s Web” is a play by Joseph Robinette based on the book by White, with an incidental music score by Jeffrey Lunden. The scenic design is by James D. Sandefur, with costumes by Anne-Marie Wright.

This 60-minute play is recommended for audiences age 5 and up.

“Charlotte’s Web” began its national tour in fall 1993, and has been one of TheaterWorksUSA’s most popular productions ever since.

TheaterWorksUSA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, it has entertained and instructed more than 68 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about 4 million people annually.

Each year, the company tours about 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 110 plays and musicals. In addition, TheaterWorksUSA has an extensive guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets and magicians.

Tickets for Charlotte’s Web are available at fairmontoperahouse.org or by calling (507) 238-4900. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The show is sponsored by The Schmeeckle Foundation, with transportation for school shows provided by Martin County Area Foundation.