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C.S. Lewis will weave 'Charlotte's Web' on stage


Theater — The troupe will perform the children's classic musical Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Wood-Mar Theater

C.S. Lewis Academy principal and theater director Mike McConaughey has had a copy of the musical version of E.B. White’s classic children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” on his shelf for more than five years, but it was the suggestion of a student that steered him to selecting it as the school’s spring play.

Doing a musical is a rare occurrence for the private Christian school’s troupe, as it’s been three years since it last told a story through song. by: SETH GORDON - Words in the web -- C.S. Lewis Academy sixth grade student Lana Brady and NHS senior Annette Emmons rehearse their roles as Wilbur and Charlotte, respectively, Saturday at George Fox University's Wood-Mar theater. The play opens with 7 p.m. shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as May 22-24.

“One of the reasons we don’t do a musical every year is because we have to look at who we have — who has graduated, who’s coming in — and be able to match characters,” McConaughey said. “We have 29 cast members, so it’s a pretty big group, from fourth grade to 12th grade. Being able to pick the right show for the right group, that’s the difficult part.”

The play opens Thursday at George Fox University’s Wood-Mar Theater and will also be performed Friday and Saturday, as well as from May 22-24. All show times are at 7 p.m.

Cast in the lead roles are senior Annette Emmons as Charlotte the spider, sixth-grader Lana Brady as Wilbur the pig, and junior Amber Fouch as Fern, the child who saves Wilbur early on in the play.

In part, McConaughey felt the time was right to do “Charlotte’s Web” because the troupe featured enough upperclassmen to play the adult roles in the play, but also because the style was a nice change of pace from recent selections.

“It’s got some very fun, silly moments,” McConaughey said. “It’s got a couple of moments that we like to take a little more seriously, where friendships are made and the whole premise of sacrifice has been neat. The students are liking it a lot.”

Cost is $10 for students and $7 for students and seniors.