'Charlotte's Web' Comes to Wagnalls Stage

Melissa Kossler Dutton
Wagnalls Community Theater will perform “Charlotte’s Web” June 14-16.

Wagnalls Community Theater will bring the children’s classic story “Charlotte’s Web” to the stage this week. Performances take place June 14-16, with a special sensory-friendly show June 13.

The play, based on the famous book by E.B. White, demonstrates the power of friendship as Charlotte, a motherly spider, and the other barnyard animals rally to save Wilbur the pig from the butcher.

Performances take place in the historic Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. The building was dedicated in 1925 by Mabel Wagnalls in honor of her parents, Adam and Anna Willis Wagnalls. Her father was co-founder of the publishing company Funk & Wagnalls.

The sentimental nature of “Charlotte’s Web” appealed to organizers—especially director Donna Elliott, who has directed the show once before, says producer Erika Jackson. “Everyone just a tenderness for it,” she says. “This is kind of a sentimental community. They’re sentimental about this building and this town.”

Members of Wagnalls Community Theater, which has always welcomed people with special needs onstage and in the audience, is excited to offer its first sensory-friendly performance, Jackson says. “It’s been a real dream of ours to make theater accessible for everybody,” she says. “Everyone’s excited that it’s happening, and we’ve gotten great feedback from parents.”

Show times are 7 p.m. June 13-15 and 3 p.m. June 16. Tickets are available online and at the door. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children, students and seniors.