Charlotte's Web: The Musical to premier in Sherman Sept. 16-18
By Webster Crocker - Children's Chorus of Greater North Texas and Theater for Hope
Sep 18, 2021
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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


Sherman, Texas -- In a new collaborative venture between the Children’s Chorus of Greater North Texas, the Art Club Studio, and Theater for Hope, Charlotte's Web: The Musical will premiere September 16,17,18 at Hope on Houston located at 901 E. Houston Street in Sherman, TX.


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; "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.



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).


In the barnyard there 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 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: Lilly Boessen, Brennan Burton, Brittani Crocker, Caleb Crocker, Emma Crocker, Courtney Hutson, Amelia Jackson, Maya Matlock, Molly McCrady, Annabella Pena, Karen Pena, Eric Phillips, Miriam Scheibmeir, Anna Shaw, Emma Sparks, Amelia Stewart, Margaret Whelan, and Heather Winn. 


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, Irene Gunnels, and Logan Shurtleff. Lydia Horsley and Sarah Newtown are handling props. Other members of the crew are: Hannah Parker, Amy Walton, Ethan Smith, Chessica Moon-Burton, and Nikki Crocker.


There will be three performances of Charlotte's Web: Thursday, September 16 at 7 p.m., Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 18 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are all $10 with reservations available beginning Monday, September 13. All proceeds will go to help fund further projects for the CCGNT and Theater for Hope.  


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, Hunt and Karen Tooley, and Gail Utter with Hope on Houston.


Don’t miss this this TERRIFIC, RADIANT, and HUMBLE production about SOME PIG!