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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 f

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avorite 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 growing up? If so, what was it? Before I could read, my parents would always read me Love You Because; Goodnight, Moon; and Guess How Much I Love You. As I got grew up,  I read Eva Ibbotson’s Island of The Aunts and The Secret of Platform 13 and Sharon Creech’s Heartbeat more times than I can remember. Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together?  My childhood best friend was Shaelynne Cottle. We got Subway on our carpool home from school on Fridays, had sleepovers after watching Barbie movies, went tubing in the lake close to her house, roasted hot dogs and smore’s and jumped on the trampoline in her backyard,  and choreographed our own dances for our parents to enjoy. What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s Web I am extremely excited to incorporate aerial silks in the show. It has been such a privilege to be able to learn this skill,  and I think it enhances Charlotte’s character and relationships immensely. That, and the fact that it's both exciting and terrifying to be able to play such a beloved character, makes this show that much more to look forward to. Favorite animal?  My last name means “butterfly” in Dutch, so I'm inclined to say butterflies are my favorite, but if I could have whatever I wanted, my house would have too many dogs to count, my backyard would be a pasture filled with horses, and then some butterflies would be able to inhabit the garden in my front yard. If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it? I would like the opportunity to ride horses when I wasn’t working and generally being around animals all day.

Garret Rushforth (Wilbur)

Who is your favorite character in the show? Why?  I love Templeton. He’s just so ridiculously funny and arrogant in an endearing way. What is your favorite line from the show?  "HURRY HURRY HURRY!" Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it? This one is hard. I loved to read. Still do, in fact. I don’t really have a favorite, but I did love Harry Potter, Ender’s Game and The Once

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and Future King. Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together?  Jared Banks. I dunno I guess we pretended we were jedi. (Still do that one…) What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s Web Working with such amazing people. I don’t know how I got so lucky! Favorite animal? Polar bears, or grizzly bears. If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it? Riding horses. That would be amazing.

Devin Jarvis (Gander)

Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? I like Uncle- he doesn’t have a really big part, but I think he’s hilarious! What is your favorite

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line from the show? “I think he’s the finest pig we’ve seen today!” Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it? Sideways Stories from Wayside Sch ool series Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together?  Breanna O’Brien- we met in 5th grade and played foursquare and made silly movies together. What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s Web I’m excited to simply be in a play again… it’s been too long since I’ve acted! Favorite animal? Horse or wolf If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it? Raising baby goats!

Christine Detweiler (Goose)

Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? My favorite character in the show is Charlotte because she shows what is means to be a true friend and take care of those you love.  Of course the Goose is a close second ;)

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What is your favorite line from the show? 
My favorite line in the show is "Hurry, hurry, hurry Charlotte!" as said by the Gander. Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it?  My favorite books growing up were definitely the Harry Potter series. Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together? My childhood best friend was Kestra Hart.  I remember going to a sewing class after school with her.  She was definitely a lot better than I was. What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s Web I'm most excited about the aerial aspect of Charlotte's Web.  I think it's going to be really unique and different. Favorite animal? This is going to be cliche but I love puppies! If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it? I think I would like getting to spend so much time surrounded by nature.

Chelsea Mortensen (Sheep)

Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? My favorite character in the show is Charlotte. I love how generous and quick-witted she is. I think I would like to have someone like her as a friend, even if she is a spider.

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What is your favorite line from the show? 
 My favorite line from the show is Wilbur’s line when he is at the fair and waiting to find out if he will live or die. He says, “I have had a good life, and a good life is more important than a long one. From now on I’m going to stop worrying about myself. There are much more important things to think about”. Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it?  I read all the time as a kid, so it’s hard to pick a single favorite. I really loved book series like Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Fablehaven, Pendragon, etc. Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together?  My childhood best friend was my sister, Jamie. We would clean together, read books, go swimming, and watch movies together. What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s Web I am most excited about the friendship that develops between all of the animals at the farm. Charlotte and Wilbur really bring us all together and make us feel like a family. Favorite animal?  My favorite animals are horses. I think they are so beautiful and intelligent. I always wanted to have my own horse as a little girl. If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it?  If I lived on a farm, I would love being out in the sunlight all day and learning how to make the plants grow.

Michaela Scholz (Lamb)

Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? My favorite character is the gander. He is extremely genuine. He tries so hard to do and say the right things but he is a little awkward so sometimes it comes out wrong. But he tries and that's all we can ask for.

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What is your favorite line from the show?
"Hurry Hurry Hurry Charlotte!" the gander says it in a funny voice so I started copying him. I even started saying it to my roommates. Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it? The Ramona series. Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together? My best friend was my sister Madison. She was just a year younger than me so we were pretty tight. We loved to play games, but whatever we played I made her play the boy because I was the oldest and what I said was law. What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s WebI am excited about Charlotte's aerial work. Favorite animal? Tortoises. If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it?  Being outside.

Teagan Clark (Templeton)

Who is your favorite character in the show? Why? My favorite character HAS to be Templeton, absolutely. Templeton thinks very very highly of himself and I think that I have to think very very highly of him as well in order to do him justice on the stage. Templeton is the one who goes through the most change, in my opinion, and it's interesting to perceive that.

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What is your favorite line from the show? 
Edith has a line that goes "It looks like we have some extrodinary spider" and Homer responds "oh no its the pig that's extraordinary." And I love that little exchange. I think it's a moment where the play is aware of itself. Did you have a favorite book growing up? If so, what was it? I was/am such a big Harry Potter nerd. Those books were my childhood and my obsession. Who was your childhood best friend? What did you two do together? I had a couple, my friends Mckayla and my friend Michelle. We would often play pretend and create our own stories out of nothing. What are you most excited about with Charlotte’s WebI'm so excited for the audience to get a fresh take on these classic characters and this gorgeous story. Favorite animal? I'm actually a big fan of rodents! I absolutely LOVE guinea pigs, but rats are a close second! If you lived on a farm, what do you think you’d like the most about it? Probably eating all the farm fresh food. At my parents house,we have chickens and getting fresh eggs to eat every day is such a special treat. Now that you are well acquainted with some of our cast members, you are ready to see them in action on the BYU stage. Charlotte's Web runs from May 27- June 11! Come visit us on the farm!

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