"Who says we can't be friends?"
E. B. White's classic characters are brought to life in this musical version of Charlotte's Web. When Fern, a bold young girl growing up on her family's farm, has the chance to save the life of the smallest pig of the litter, she jumps at the chance and names her new friend Wilbur. As Wilbur outgrows Fern's farm, he is moved to the Zuckerman family farm, full of all sorts of curious, opinionated animals whom Wilbur is happy to meet. But when Wilbur is once again in danger of being slaughtered by a farmer, a kindhearted barn spider named Charlotte drops in to write messages praising Wilbur in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. With music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (AnnieBye Bye Birdie), this story of friendship, courage, and self-sacrifice will be a special theatrical experience for children of all ages.

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 26th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 27th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 27th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 28th @ 2:00pm
  • Sunday, May 28th @ 7:00pm
Tickets go on sale Monday March 27, 2023 at 5:00pm

Ticket Prices:

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen:

2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Show Notes:

Auditions, Callbacks, & Rehearsals
KingsWay Community Church
14111 Sovereign Grace Dr.
Midlothian, VA 23114

Auditions & Callbacks
Students registered for a spring CWorks class for students ages 8-18 are eligible to audition. To learn more, visit
  • Auditions: Friday, March 17th, 4:30-9:15PM
  • Callbacks: Saturday, March 18th, 9:30AM-5:30PM
  • Cast List Posted: Sunday, March 19th, 5PM

Friday, March 24th, 5-9PM 
Friday, March 24th, 7:30-9PM - 1st Parent Meeting & Production Fee Due (at least one parent per family must attend)
Saturday, March 25th, 9:30AM-4:30PM

Monday, March 27th, 7:15-9PM
Friday, March 31st, 5-9PM
Saturday, April 1st, 9:30AM-4:30PM

No rehearsals April 2nd-8th (Spring Break)

Monday, April 10th, 7:15-9PM
Friday, April 14th, 5-9PM
Saturday, April 15th, 9:30AM-4:30PM

Monday, April 17th, 7:15-9PM
Friday, April 21st, 5-9PM
Saturday, April 22nd, 9:30AM-4:30PM

No Rehearsal Monday, April 24th - Show Camp Auditions
No Rehearsal Friday, April 28th - Show Camp Callbacks

Saturday, April 29th, 9:30AM-4:30PM

Monday, May 1st, 7:15-9PM
Friday, May 5th, 5-9PM
No Rehearsal Saturday, May 6th - Masters Camp Callbacks
Monday, May 8th, 7:15-9PM
Friday, May 12th, 5-9PM
Friday, May 12th, 8-9PM - 2nd Parent Meeting (at least one parent per family must attend)
Saturday, May 13th, 9:30AM-4:30PM

No rehearsal Monday, May 15th (Spring Class Showcase)
Friday, May 19th, 5-9PM
Saturday, May 20th, 9:30AM-4:30PM

Costume fittings will be scheduled after the show is cast.
Tech Week & Performances (No absences allowed - students may have to get out of school early on Friday)
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Rd.
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Monday, May 22nd, 9AM-5PM - MOVE-IN (cast not called during move-in)
Monday, May 22nd, 5-9PM
Tuesday, May 23rd, 5-9PM
Wednesday, May 24th, 5-9PM
Thursday, May 25th, 5-9PM
Friday, May 26th, 11AM Call, Invited Dress Rehearsal at 1PM, Performance at 7PM (students may need to get out of school early this day)
Saturday, May 27th, 12:30PM Call, Performances at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, May 28th, 12:30PM Call, Performances at 2PM & 7PM



A pig that was the runt of the Arables’ spring litter. Fern saves Wilbur from her father, Mr. Arable, and Wilbur is sold to the Zuckermans after Fern raises him like a baby. Wilbur is kind but naïve and responds to the world like a child. He idolizes Charlotte and tries to live up to her positive view of him.


A spider that lives in the doorway of the barn at Zuckerman’s farm. Charlotte is kind, knowledgeable, and wise. She befriends Wilbur and proves herself to be both a faithful friend and a patient teacher. She is clever and comes up with an idea to save Wilbur’s life.

Fern Arable

A young girl who saves Wilbur from being killed as a piglet. Fern is compassionate and kind and quickly bonds with Wilbur as she cares for him. She loves animals and spends much of her time in the Zuckermans’ barn. She considers the barn animals her best friends.

John Arable

Fern’s father and Wilbur’s original owner. Mr. Arable is a practical farmer who focuses on hard work and providing for his farm animals and family.

Martha Arable

Fern’s mother. Mrs. Arable is patient with Fern when she saves Wilbur’s life and even helps by bottle feeding him when Fern is at school. She becomes concerned about Fern when Fern tells her that her best friends are animals.

Avery Arable

Fern’s brother. Avery has a lot of energy and is known to get into trouble.

Homer Zuckerman

Fern's uncle, who buys Wilbur. He takes good care of his animals, giving Wilbur a safe place to live and good food. He plans to slaughter Wilbur before Charlotte’s webs convince him otherwise.

Edith Zuckerman

Mr. Zuckerman’s wife and Fern's aunt. She recognizes that Charlotte is a special spider.


A hired hand on the Zuckerman farm.


A rat that lives in the Zuckerman barn. Templeton is selfish and only does things to help others when he knows it will benefit him as well. He is known for being sneaky and is not trusted by the other animals in the barn. However, his cunning and tendency to collect things makes him useful.


A goose in Mr. Zuckerman’s barn. She often repeats herself, and feels bad that Wilbur does not know that he will be slaughtered by Mr. Zuckerman.


Goose's partner, who also repeats himself.


A sheep in Mr. Zuckerman’s barn. The sheep is impatient with Wilbur when he is loud or rude but has compassion for him when he tells Wilbur that Mr. Zuckerman plans to kill him, and helps Wilbur in his quest to stay alive.


A young lamb who is childish and sometimes rude.


A hog at the fair. He is very big but does not have an agreeable personality. He wins first place at the fair based on his size.


Charlotte's children.


Farm Animals, Nighttime Animals, Reporters, Photographers, Spectators, Townspeople, Judges, Fairgoers, Fair Personnel, etc.