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Westport Country Playhouse Presents Musical 'Charlotte's Web'

Top: Donna Michelle; bottom: Robert Chew (left); Rhett Ransom Pennell
Top: Donna Michelle; bottom: Robert Chew (left); Rhett Ransom Pennell Photo Credit: Jean-Marie Guyaux

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Country Playhouse's Family Festivities Series will present "Charlotte's Web," a musical based on E.B. White's story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte, on Sunday, Feb. 28.

This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops. Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She weaves in her web a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.

There will be three performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. The running time is approximately one hour. Produced by TheaterWorksUSA, the show is recommended for grades K – 5. Tickets are $20.

Family Festivities shows are presented on selected Sundays from November through April. Family Festivities Corporate Sponsors are Pitney Bowes and Northwestern Mutual. Family Festivities Partner is Darlene Krenz. The Family Festivities Series is also supported by the Westport Young Woman’s League.

Upcoming Family Festivities presentations include “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey,” on Sunday, March 20, 1 and 4 p.m., a cosmic adventure with music about Marvin, the mouse, produced by Lightwire Theater; and “Are You My Mother?,” on Sunday, April 10, 1 and 4 p.m., a musical based on P. D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book, produced by ArtsPower.

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that helps parents take an active role in their children's literacy development by providing free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529

The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1.

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