• 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” This is one of the most famous lines from the show, and for good reason. This is how Charlotte expresses her gratitude for Wilbur letting her into his life, and now I would like to use it to thank all of you for letting us involved with the show into your life. Working on this show has helped me to see the important things in life: the friendships we make and how they change us for the better. At the beginning, Wilbur is so concerned about living a long and happy life. He only…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    A Lobby Display Fit For a Pig

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg E.B. White’s tale about a pig and a spider has lasted for generations. But why? In my opinion, it is because the beauty the lies within the simplicity of the story. There is no fanfare, just a straightforward story that warms the heart. What impressed me the most with Shawnda and Bradley’s concept for the show was how they were able to capture this simplicity– yet it was still able to encapsulate White’s timeless tone. On the stage stands the basic construction of a barn, with a fence on the side and a few small crates scattered around. Nothing much, but it is just right to…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    Salutations! Meet the Cast Part 3

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg Meagan Flinders (Charlotte A. Cavatica) Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? I love Templeton because he is an absolute riot, especially with Teagan’s portrayal of the character; and I really do love Charlotte as well because she embodies numerous character traits that I aspire to attain someday. What is your favorite line from the show? “Scratch itchy places by rubbing against the fence” and “…what’s in a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little, we die. By helping you, maybe I was lifting up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” Did you have a favorite book…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    Salutations! Meet the Cast Part 2

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg Get to know some more of our human characters in Charlotte’s Web! The next post will highlight the resident animals on Zuckerman’s farm! Stacy Wilk (Narrator) Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? My favorite character in the show is Charlotte. I really like her because she is kind and selfless. She does everything in her power to help others out and I really admire that. What is your favorite line from the show? My favorite line is “At the fair!” Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it? My favorite book growing up was the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Who was your childhood…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    Salutations! Meet the Cast Part 1

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg Before you come to visit us at the Zuckerman farm, we figured it would be a good idea if you got to know a little bit about the cast. Over the next few posts, members of the cast will answer a few questions so you can get better acquainted! Kennedy Brandon (Baby Spider, Fair Goer) Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? Wilbur because he is the silliest. What is your favorite line from the show? “What are your names? May I have your names please?” What was your favorite book growing up? Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess Who was/is your childhood best friend? Lydia What did you…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    The Creation of a Classic

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg What compelled E.B. White to write Charlotte’s Web? And perhaps more importantly, why has this children’s book remained so popular among all those who read it? Growing up, White always had a special bond with animals. This love led to him raising a variety pets as a child, from dogs to pigeons to turtles. One of his first writing awards came from a story he wrote about a dog that he submitted to  a local magazine. It was clear from the beginning that he had a knack for writing about animals! Once his career took off, White found himself writing columns and essays for The New Yorker.…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    The Web: Charlotte’s World Part 2

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Meg Flinders, our fabulous Charlotte, at one of her training sessions. She has been working hard at learning the aerial silks for the show, so we chatted about this unique experience and how it relates to the show! Me: What is this training experience like? Meg: Well, you obviously have to start with the basics. But we move pretty fast, so I just learn something new every time I come in and a lot of it is progression based so it just keeps building on top of each other. I also have to do a lot…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    The Web: Charlotte’s World Part 1

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg When you come to see our production, you will see that Charlotte’s famous web is not what you expect. Directors Shawnda and Bradley Moss wanted to give the spider’s home a unique twist, so whenever Charlotte is in her web, she will be on aerial silks. Here’s some information on aerial silks so you’ll know what to expect when you come to see the show! Aerial and acrobatic arts have existed for centuries, dating back to 2000 BC. The modern form of aerial arts, known as Nouveau Cirque, was created only several decades ago in the 1970s. From this sprang the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, which…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Charlotte's Web

    Welcome to the Zuckerman Farm!

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg Come one, come all! Come along and see Zuckerman’s famous pig– the miracle pig! He is quite a sight to see, I do tell you. Get a little closer so you can get a real good look at him. We’re awfully happy that you want to come and see Wilbur. In just a few weeks, audiences will have the opportunity to see the famous Zuckerman farm onstage here at BYU. It’ll be quite the occasion. People from counties all over will be coming to see these beloved characters! In the mean time, though, I am here to keep you in the know with all that is happening while…