Ellington's Opening Knight Players to present 'Charlotte's Web'

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Thu., May. 2, 2013
The cast of the Opening Knight Players' production of 'Charlotte's Web' rehearses a scene for the show which opens on May 10. Photos by Steve Smith.
The cast of the Opening Knight Players' production of 'Charlotte's Web' rehearses a scene for the show which opens on May 10. Photos by Steve Smith.

“Charlotte's Web” will be something of a departure for Ellington High School's Opening Knight Players. The play will include, for the troupe's first time, puppets that interact with other actors.

As explained by senior Josh Feldman, who plays lead character Wilbur the Pig, he and some of the other main animal characters are portrayed by humans in costume, while some others are of the puppet variety. “The more major characters – Wilbur, Charlotte, the Goose, and Templeton [the rat] – they are all played by students and have costumes that reflect their animal personality,” Feldman said. “The horse, the cow and the chickens are all puppets, and they're really good.”

Feldman said he will be wearing a head dress that resembles a pig's head. That, as well as costuming and makeup, will clearly define each character. Charlotte, played by Basudha Chaudhuri, will rely heavily on make-up to make her appear spider-like.

The full-length, two-act play itself has a bit of everything, including bits of comedy for kids and adults, some integration of music, and more-serious undertones about unconventional friendship. The script, Feldman said, adheres closely to E.B. White's children's novel, but is slightly more condensed, so it has essentially the same plot, making it very recognizable.

“People should come and see the show because it's a classic,” Feldman said. “Everyone knows the story, and there's a lot of great acting. There are really beautiful moments on stage, between Charlotte and Wilbur, and between Wilbur and his friends.”

Children may also find a lesson in it, as well. “It could teach children about the power of friendship and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who love you,” Feldman said. “It's definitely about the power of friendship and the power of love, and that anything can be accomplished when you are surrounded by people who support and love you.”

The play runs May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and May 11 and 12 at 3 p.m., at the Ellington High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

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