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Charlotte's Web The Musical at Stirling

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Charlotte the Spider Saves Wilbur the Pig at Arables Farm
We all remember Charlotte's Web from our childhood - E.B. White's charming book about Wilbur the Pig and his good friend Charlotte, a barn spider who saves his life.

Written in 1952 Charlotte's Web has been a much-loved classic ever since, along with Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.

Charlotte's Web The Musical, Charlotte's Web, EB White, Fran Gordon, Stirling Theatre, Charles Strouse
Charlotte's Web - the Book

He died in 1985 aged 86, with a huge literary legacy, mostly now forgotten except for these children's books.

He once said: "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."

In 1989 the musical version of Charlotte's Web brought a new dimension to the timeless tale, with book by Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie).

Charlotte's Web The Musical, Charlotte's Web, EB White, Fran Gordon, Stirling Theatre, Charles Strouse
Charles Strouse the composer (Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

This delightful musical is Stirling Youth Theatre's next production.

Directed by theatre doyenne Fran Gordon, who said: 'I am very happy to again be directing the Stirling Players Youth Group in a musical at Stirling Theatre.

Charlotte's Web The Musical, Charlotte's Web, EB White, Fran Gordon, Stirling Theatre, Charles Strouse
L to R: Director Fran Gordon, Musical Director Krispin Maesalu, Ella Hagon (Fern) Sean Smith (Wilbur) and Jacob Miles (Avery) (Photograph courtesy of Stirling Theatre Players)

After the successful season of Mulan, earlier this year, I was thrilled to find a musical version of the well loved children's novel, and decided to put it forward as part of the program for 2018.

Many have questioned my sanity, but I enjoy working with the younger people and I am sure that the fantasy that is Charlotte's Web will be enjoyed by all who see it.

The plot is simple, Charlotte the spider saves Wilbur from the slaughterhouse by devising an intriguing plan which involves writing words on her web, encouraged by a small group of farm animals.

'The action takes place at the Arables Farm, in the Zuckerman Barn and at the County Fair. This joyous musical offers the audience a very special experience.'

The production features many songs, including 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; Nice to Meet You, featuring the story's unforgettable animals; and Summer, a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood.

Charlotte's Web the Musical runs at Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo from February 9th to the 24th at 8 pm, with matineÚs at 2:00pm.

Tickets cost $25 (Adult), $22 (Concession) and available from Morris Newsagency on 9446 9120 or

Bookings open on Monday 18th December.

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Why? A charming musical of a much-loved classic
When: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Phone: 9445 1374
Where: Stirling Theatre, 25 Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $25 (Adults), $22 (Concession)
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I didn't realise Charlotte's web is now a musical, this will be amazing
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 574 days ago
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