Update: "Charlotte's Web" performances on Saturday, Jan. 21, were cancelled because of the snow. Tickets purchased for those shows can be exchanged for admission to any of Sunday's shows.
"This is awesome" said one kindergarten student after another Friday morning as they spilled into the Parkland High School auditorium for a special presentation of the classic children's show, "Charlotte's Web."
And that was before the high school production -- which opens to the public this weekend -- even got under way.
The morning kindergarten students from Parkland's eight elementary schools were looking at the stage, curtain up, and the show's props, which included a big red barn. And when the show began, all the familiar characters were there -- Charlotte, Wilbur, the Goose, Templeton, the Owl and others.
In all, some 60 students in grades 9 to 12 are part of the cast and stage crew putting on this year's annual children's show at Parkand High School, said Director John Greth, who teaches English at the high school.
In discussing what play to produce, he said, "Charlotte's Web" kept coming up as a favorite children's classic. And the message, he said, is a good one: "Friendship can triumph over anything. As long as you are a good friend and have a good friend, great things will happen for you."
The show is upfront about what happens, in the end, to Charlotte in the circle of life, he said, but there is a message there too about happy memories.
When: 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m on Sunday, Jan. 22.
Where: Parkland High School
Cost: Adults, $10; seniors and children, $5.
Where to get tickets: Available at the door on show days, and in advance at the box office at the high school at 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. Box office hours will be extended on Jan. 18, 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket order forms can be mailed to the box office.
Meredith Lipson, 9th grade, as Fern Arable
Harrison Eckert, 9th grade, as John Arable
Meg Harris, 9th grade, as Martha Arable
Jarret Geist, 10th grade, as Avery Arable
Kyle Dalrymple, 9th grade, as Homer Zuckerman
Taylor Lessig, 9th grade, as Edith Zuckerman
Samantha Curry, 9th grade, as Lurvey
Bryan Sobczak, 9th grade, as Wilbur
Victoria Bartkavage, 9th grade, as Templeton
Hannah Cwienkala, 10th grade, as Charlotte
Shannon Cassel, 9th grade, as Goose
Ann Fox, 10th grade, as Gander
McKenzie Kupres, 10th grade, as Sheep
Kylie Buck, 9th grade, as Lamb
Gray Schick, 9th grade, as Uncle
Matt Rossetti, 9th grade, as Bat
A. J. Gerry as Owl
Moobi Ansari as Announcer