Cast of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Ready to Take Stage at Brooke Hills Playhouse

Photo Provided Marley Stotler, Amarah Narus and Jazmyn Wood, from left, rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of E. B. White’s children’s classic,” Charlotte’s Web.”

The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced the cast for their upcoming production of “Charlotte’s Web,” Joseph Robinette’s funny and poignant stage adaptation of E. B. White’s children’s classic about the unlikely friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte.

“Charlotte’s Web” is the Playhouse’s annual show for younger actors and audiences. The play will be performed today and Saturday and Aug. 3-4 at 8 p.m. with matinees Sunday and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Reservations are available by calling or texting the Playhouse at 304-737-3344.

According to the director Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, the cast consists of some 25 area residents ranging in age from pre-schoolers to grandparents. Barnhart, who also serves as president of the Playhouse’s parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, observed, “This show is literally a family production, with family, relatives and friends working on stage and behind the scenes.”

Playhouse veteran Amarah Narus of West Middleton has been cast in the title role of Charlotte. Wilbur, the runt of a pig litter turned county fair competitor, will be portrayed by another Playhouse regular, Jazmyn Wood of Wellsburg. Another young actor familiar to Brooke Hills audiences, Audrey Orecchio of Weirton, will play the crucial role of the loyal but sometimes sketchy Templeton the rat.

Humans also play crucial roles in the story, including Fern Arable, the girl who saves Wilbur from an early death and raises him as a pet. Fern will be played by Marley Stotler of Wellsburg, with fellow Wellsburg residents Josh Zolman and Hannah Charlton playing Fern’s parents, John and Martha Arable. Ethan Marker of Follansbee has been cast as Fern’s brother, Avery Arable.

Fern’s uncle, Homer Zuckerman, owns the big farm where all the animals live. Homer will be played by Walt Warren of Wheeling, with Peggy Barki of Windsor Heights portraying his wife, Edith Zuckerman. Matthew Kolb of Follansbee has the role of their long-time hired hand, Lurvey,

Other human characters in the play also will be played by area residents. Rob DeSantis of Follansbee will play a reporter and a spectator, with Diana Mendel of Wellsburg portraying another spectator. Tucker Wood of Wellsburg is cast as a photographer.

Angelina Montesano and Izabella Buck, both of Follansbee, along with Savannah Grooms of Wellsburg, will portray chorus members and judges. Mike Grubick of Follansbee will play the Announcer at the county fair.

Grace Marianacci of Wintersville will have the role of Uncle, the pig who is Wilbur’s chief competitor.

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