Valdosta Daily Times

March 19, 2014

Charlotte’s Web

Story reveals the miracle of friendship

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — They arrive on The Dosta Playhouse stage as goslings, spider hatchlings, cows and a pig. Not just any pig, but Some Pig!

Approximately 40 area children are cast in Gingerbread Players of Theatre Guild Valdosta’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” playing this week and next. Through web-slinging praise, the wise and kindly barn spider Charlotte saves the life of her friend, Wilbur, a young pig.

The play is Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of E.B. White’s beloved children’s book.

In directing this show, Lois Allbritton has come to understand the philosophy behind this children’s story. She refers to Charlotte’s words to Wilbur: “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. After all, what’s life anyway? We’re born, we live a little, we die. By helping you, perhaps I was lifting up my life a little. Heaven knows, anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

Allbritton notes the many people who helped her prepare this show, saying Charlotte’s words describe “the experience I have had with some very special people during this production. Only, they have been my friends and have helped me, and in the process, have lifted up my life much more than a little.”



THE CAST: Catherine Allbritton, Jaxson Routsong, Kendall Haden, Dian Candelario, Cassie Doscher, Jon Michael Slawinski, Abby Cozart, John Laurent Dean, Kaitlyn Allbritton, Jackson Anderson, Ryan McGee, Devyn Reeves, David Bass, Brittany Major, Dallas Freeman, Claire Hannasch, Vivian Thomas, Brooke Major, Joseph Betlow, Mia Betlow, Kamry Boyd, Jacks Dean, Cynthia Peters, Kendall Sasser, Brian Peters, Mattie Ryan, Anna Gibson, Anna Cozart, Loughren Haden, Stella Blevins, Isabelle Stallings, Isaiah Raspet, Niyah Johnson, Razzie Raspet, Laney Rice, Abbi Long, Ashlea Peters, Samiyah Moss, Karsyn Boyd.

DIRECTION, PRODUCTION: Lois Allbritton, director; Bethanie Bass, assistant director; Lynnette Kenworthy, technical director/set designer; P.T. Candelario, apprentice to technical director/set designer; Andrea Slawinski, stage manager; Teresa Doscher, assistant stage manager; Aiden Slawinski, light board operator; Parker Allbritton, sound board operator; Amy Cozart, Beth Candelario, Misty Sasser, back stage crew; Kerri Dean, Tammy Denley, Colleen McComb, Sue Miller, Pauline Owen, Wanda Rice, Jeannette Stallings, costume crew; Catherine Allbritton, Jason Allbritton, Kaitlyn Allbritton, Lois Allbritton, Parker Allbritton, Bethanie Bass, Brenda Brunston, Diane Brunston, Kayden Candelario, P.T. Candelario, Cassie Doscher, Teresa Doscher, Lynnette Kenworthy, Andrew Thomas, Set construction crew; Britteny Long, concessions manager; Ryan Swaims, publicity; Name Droppers, graphic designer; Brenda Brunston, producer.

SHOWTIME

Gingerbread Players of Theatre Guild Valdosta presents “Charlotte’s Web.”

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 21, 22; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23; 7 p.m., March 28, 29; 2:30 p.m., March 30.

Where: The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St.

Tickets, more information: Visit theatreguildvaldosta.com; or call (229) 24-STAGE.