Charlotte’s Web closes summer camp series
A trip to the theater next week will benefit the Union County Animal Shelter. Children currently attending the Matthews Playhouse summer camp will put on a performance of Charlotte’s Web July 21 to 23. Each day, donation bins will be set up, where people can drop off dog and cat food, all of which will go to the Union County Animal Shelter.
The 20-person cast, ages 8 to 17, spent the last two weeks practicing their roles and honing their new singing and dancing talents before putting on a show for their families and the public. Every role on the 1950’s farm will be played by one of the young campers, as the kids bring to life the unlikely friendship between a young pig and his spider friend.
“Kids have such fabulous imaginations,” Wrenn Goodrum, director of the production, said of working with a young cast. “I think children watching children perform is a powerful thing.”
Goodrum loves bringing the story to the stage, having already directed four other renditions of “Charlotte’s Web.” “It is such a beautiful story about how a friend finds a way to save someone else,” Goodrum said.
Goodrum wouldn’t give away too much of what fun has been added to the show, other than to hint at a bunch of comedic scenes – including a possible chase through the audience sure to get little children giggling. What Goodrum will divulge is how she loves integrating the youngest actors into the play in unusual ways, and promises audience members will be amused by the creativity of the different parts.
“I was so influenced by (Disney’s) ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ which used all these inanimate objects and I just really found it hilarious and it worked,” she said.
So, with children possibly taking the stage as pitch forks and other barnyard objects, the show is sure to be packed with lots of surprises for both big and small theatre-goers.
Show times July 21 and 22 are reserved for groups and campers’ families, but the public can call Matthews Community Center prior to the performances to see if tickets are available. The July 23 performance is open to the public with tickets set at $6 per person.
Want to go?
Tickets can be purchased online at www.matthewsplayhouse.com or by calling the Matthews Community Center at 704-846-8343. All tickets are $6 per person.