Description:

This exciting, new musical 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) you will be thrilled by a musical score which 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; "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 you a very special experience.


CYT HOUSTON’S CHARLOTTE’S WEB
DIRECTOR’S VISION STATEMENT

Salutations!!  

“Charlotte’s Web”!  Say those two words to any adult, and there is a good chance you will hear, “I loved that book when I was a kid.” I am one of those adults.  It’s probably been decades since I read it, but now I love it even more.  

“Charlotte’s Web” is all about love, kindness, acceptance, and teamwork, which are guiding principles for my daily life.  My vision for our production of “Charlotte’s Web” is to showcase these principles in our cast through singing, dancing, and acting, while leaving it all on the stage for Christ.

At auditions, I want to see your character.  Just be you!  If you’re a comedian, be a comedian.  If you’re serious, be serious.  No accents or stereotypes.  I want to see you.

In my vision for the characters, I see beautiful animals because all of God’s creatures are beautiful.  All creatures, both big and small, are loved and accepted at Zuckerman’s Barn.  

All roles are open to ages 8-18. Fern is a young teen and her annoying little brother, Avery, just needs to appear and sound younger than her. Charlotte is the oldest and wisest character of all. She is elegant, graceful, and truly radiant. Although Wilbur is a boy pig, that role may be cast using a girl or a boy. 

I am so excited to be on this journey with you all.  I believe that together our CYT family will create Some Show!
See you at auditions!

-Ashley Petterson, Director

Dates / Times:

Tickets go on sale Saturday September 28, 2019 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


The Crighton Theatre:

234 N Main Street, Conroe, TX 77301


Show Notes:

Vocal Auditions:
Friday, September 6th
Beginning at 4:00pm
Once you have enrolled in a fall session class, you can sign up for an audition time slot through your CYT account.
You will have 2 minutes to shine!
Auditioners should be prepared to sing for at least 1 minute and are encouraged to perform a minute or less monologue. Choose a song that is appropriate for your age and fits the style of the show. You will be asked to stop if you exceed 2 minutes.
 
Charlotte’s Web Audition Packet:
https://cythouston.forms-db.com/view.php?id=39301
 
Music upload:
https://cythouston.forms-db.com/view.php?id=39578
 
 
The DEADLINE to turn in online forms and load music is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th. If you miss this deadline, please contact the show coordinator, stacey@cythouston.org
 
We know that it is sometimes difficult to figure out how to cut a song to 60 seconds. Here is a little info that may help.
How to convert a YouTube karaoke to an MP3
YouTube to MP3: www.ytmp3.cc
MP3 online cutter: www.mp3cut.net
To change the key of an MP3: www.transposr.com
To change the tempo of a song: www.audiotrimmer.com/audio-speed-changer
 
Dance Auditions:
Friday, September 6
6:15-7:15pm All Ages
This is for ALL auditioners. You will not need to prepare anything for the dance audition. You will be taught a portion of a dance to perform with a group. Please wear something comfortable to dance in and close toe shoes.
 
Callbacks:
Beginning at 10:00am (detailed call time TBA)
A link to the callback sides will be posted here and on the Facebook group on
Friday, August 30th. These are posted to help you be prepared should you receive a callback. Please use this valuable resource and review all possible roles!
 
The cast list will be posted to auditioners by 9:30pm Tuesday night. It will be posted to this public page 24 hours after notifying the cast.
 
Rehearsals:
Location: TBA
Fridays 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays 9:30am-3:00pm
*Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.
 
Rehearsal Schedule:
September 13-14
September 20-21
September 27-28
October 4-5
October 11-12
October 18-19
October 25-26
November 1-2
 
Mandatory Parent Meetings – Saturday, September 14 & Saturday, November 2, 9:30-11:00am
Character Portraits – Thursday, October 10
Promo Date: October 10
Characters called for promotional pictures will be: Charlotte and Wilbur
Tech Week – November 3-7
Performances – November 8-10
School Day Show – Thursday, November 7
 
Artistic Team:
Director: Ashley Petterson
Vocal Director: Dee Willis 
Choreographer: Jessica Lewis
Intern: Jenifer Shoemake
Intern: Madison Olson

Dress Up Days and Themes:
      9/14      Neon Day
      9/21      Crazy Hair/Hat Day
      9/28      Broadway Day
      10/5      Pink…like a  Pig Day
      10/12    Crazy Socks
      10/19    Pajama Day
      10/26    Dress like your Bittle Day
      11/2      Charlotte’s Web Show Shirt Day

Please join our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2438740089670752/

Please contact Stacey Brednich at stacey@cythouston.org or Robyn Flanery at robyn@cythouston.org with any questions. 
Please visit CYT Houston's Parent Hub for more information.

Parent Meeting

Saturday, September 14th 10:00am

This Saturday morning meeting is mandatory for at least one parent or guardian of all families cast in the show. Donut forget to add this fun morning to your calander! It's the best way to learn about the Do's and Donuts.


Characters:

Wilbur

A curious and lovable pig who grows up to be courageous. He is a true friend! (A3-F5 vocals)

Charlotte

A smart and resourceful spider who is Wilbur’s best friend and guardian angel. (B3-F5 vocals)

Fern

A young teen who saves a baby piglet. She is smart and spunky and loves to spend most of her time in the barn. (B3-F5 vocals)

John Arable

Fern’s father. A hardworking pig farmer with a soft spot for his daughter.

Martha Arable

Fern’s mother. A sweet but firm mother who loves her family. (C4-E5 vocals)

Avery Arable

Fern’s brother. A typical brother with a propensity to show off! (B3-F5 vocals)

Homer Zuckerman

Fern’s uncle. The farmer who agrees to take on Wilbur and becomes famous for the miracle occurring in his barn. (C4- E5 vocals)

Edith Zuckerman

Fern’s aunt and Homer’s wife. She is kind but somewhat skeptical of the miracles taking place in their barn. (C4-E5 vocals)

Lurvy

The Zuckerman’s hired hand. He is dedicated and devoted to the farm, especially taking care of Wilbur. He is the first person to discover Charlotte’s messages. (A3-C5 vocals)

Templeton

A comedic rat. He is crafty and selfish and helps Charlotte and Wilbur only when food is involved. (B3-D5 vocals)

Goose

An attentive mother and an unlikely friend to Wilbur. She is a bit bossy and a lot chatty with a stutter. (B3-E5 vocals)

Gander

A protective father who is brave and strong. He too is chatty and speaks with a stutter. (B3-E5 vocals)

Sheep

A knowledgeable and blunt animal in the barn. (B3-E5 vocals)

Lamb

A young bratty lamb who refuses to play with Wilbur. (B3-E5 vocals)

Owl

One of Charlotte’s nocturnal friends in the barn. (Sings in Charlotte’s Spinning Song) (A3-F5 vocals)

Bat

One of Charlotte’s nocturnal friends in the barn. (Sings in Charlotte’s Spinning Song) (A3-F5 vocals)

The Goslings

Goose and Gander’s adorable little family.

Baby Wilbur

The runt of the litter that becomes Fern's baby.

Uncle the Pig

A huge pig that wins the blue ribbon at the Fair.

Joy, Aranea, and Nellie

Charlotte’s baby spiders who stay in the barn with Wilbur and fill his heart with love.

Reporter

The reporter who comes to do a story about the miracle happening at Zuckerman’s barn. (Sings in County Fair) (D4-E5 vocals)

Photographer

The photographer who comes to do a story about the miracle happening at Zuckerman’s barn.

Announcer

The Fair announcer who presents Wilbur with his medal.

Barker at the Fair

(B3-B4 vocals)

Concessionaire at the Fair

(C3-C4 vocals)

Judges at the Fair

Woman at the Fair

Spelling Bee Child

Cake Contest Woman

Voice on Loudspeaker

Fairgoers

Townspeople

Spectators

Barn Animals