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Charlotte’s Web Coming to the ARTspace Theatre August 28

Terrific show about friendship based on the Newberry award-winning story that appeals to all ages!

Theatre Bristol Charlotte’s Web 2015 Ben Fitton as Wilbur and Emma Kennedy as Fern

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, July 2015 – Theatre Bristol is pleased to announce the fall show of its 50th anniversary season, a classic favorite of young and old. E.B. White’s Newberry award-winning “Charlotte’s Web” opens August 28 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace with a local cast featured in nine shows over three weekends.

Theatre Bristol Charlotte’s Web 2015

Brought to the stage by Dramatic Publishing with a script by playwright Joseph Robinette, all the enchanting characters are here:  “Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship and enchantment.”

Theatre Bristol Charlotte’s Web 2015 Ben Fitton as Wilbur and Emma Kennedy as Fern

Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik will direct “Charlotte’s Web.” Havlik has been a valuable friend to Theatre Bristol and the theatre community over the years as a talented and respected actor, playwright, and director. Havlik is known for her own Theatre Bristol portrayal of “Charlotte,” as well as many other roles, and looks forward to directing a new cast in this 2015 production.

Charlotte, the wise spider, is played by Kaylie Crain and her friend Wilbur is Ben Fitton, with Young Wilbur played by Charli Carpenter.  Fern is portrayed by Emma Kennedy, and her family members are Ronnie Whittaker (John Arable), Sabrina Briggs (Martha Arable) and Avery Fick (Avery Arable).  Fern’s uncle Homer and aunt Edith will be played by Daniel Freeman and Rachel Locke, and their farm hand

Theatre Bristol Charlotte’s Web 2015 Ben Fitton as Wilbur and Emma Kennedy as Fern

Lurvy is Braxton Thompson.  Wilbur’s farm friends are Eden Phillips (Templeton the Rat), Addy Fitton (Goose), Caleb Hale (Gander), Talia Kestner (Sheep), and Nell Stigers (Lamb).  The narrators are Annabelle Meyers, Olivia Stevens and Lauren Turner. Characters at the Washington County Fair will be Jeanette Gragg (Announcer), Gracie Brooks and Gracie Cunningham (Spectators), Sutton Hughes, Hope Oliver and Carly Street (Fairgoers), and Luke Gray (Uncle the Hog).  Rounding out the cast will be Charlie Carpenter, Makayla Milker and Ava White (Baby Spiders), Cameron Roberts (Reporter), Katelyn Briggs (Photographer), and as other farmyard friends, Spencer Beck, Parker Collins, Sydney Cunningham, Zaiah  Gray, Isabel Gross, Zora Gross, and Bryn Kestner.

Theatre Bristol Charlotte’s Web 2015 Ben Fitton as Wilbur and Emma Kennedy as Fern

Havlik is supported by house manager Steve Baskett, stage manager Camille Gray, assistant stage manager Coy Owens, master carpenter Robert Havlik, scenic designer Jenny Carpenter, costumer James Altman, props masters Luke Gray and Ashton Bishop, and producer Laura O’Bryan.

Performances will be in the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, 506 State Street, Fridays and Saturdays, August 28, 29, September 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m, and Sundays, August 30, September 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. Call 423-212-3625 and leave a message with your name, number, show date, and number of tickets and we will call to confirm, or purchase tickets at the box office 30 minutes prior to the show. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email

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