Timeless themes & trials: Alamance Fine Arts Academy presents ‘Charlotte’s Web’

By Lydia Pankratz
Times-News correspondent

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Courtney Cox (Charlotte), left, and Logan Hodges (Wilbur) rehearse a scene from Alamance Fine Arts Academy's "Charlotte's Web." [Kari Fox / Special to the Times-News

   Alamance Fine Arts Academy has taken the beloved story, “Charlotte’s Web,” and tweaked it a bit.
“We’ve enhanced aspects of it — including staging and characters — that are unique and help reinvent the classic,” said director Matthew Davidson. “I would say our set and soundtrack, as well as some previously unseen characters, really set this production apart.”
Davidson said he is focusing on the show’s timeless themes and trials.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are — everyone can relate to the struggle of making new friends. And even set in a barn with a pig and a spider, those problems are relatable and heart-warming,” he said.    “This show is truly for all ages. I like to say our youth productions are similar to Pixar films. Children and youth love them, but also take them at face value while parents are also able to really be moved and dig into the deeper layers. There is something in this show for everyone.”
The cast includes more than 15 people ranging in age from 7 to 18 years old.
“Charlotte teaches the importance of friendship, love, and sacrifice,” said 18-year-old Courtney Cox, who plays Charlotte. “This character has been a fun and exciting challenge as I have learned to push my theater abilities in all new ways, which I hope to carry with me forever.”
The cast explained recently that there’s a lot to love about this family friendly show. As Templeton the rat, 17-year-old Samuel Porter said he is impressed with the set design by Dale Johnson.
“I really enjoy playing with my character and seeing the different things I can do with it,” he said.
While 8-year-old Blake Fox who plays Fern said, ‘my favorite part is that I love animals.”
Katherine Holmes, 18, plays Edith Zuckerman and is narrator.
“For me, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is all about relationships, and about making something out of the life you have and not wanting something different for yourself. If we can get one of those messages across, I think we will have accomplished something great,” Holmes said.

Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $5 for children 2 to 12 years old; ages 2 and under are free. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 27-28, 2018) and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Alamance Fine Arts Academy, 355 South Main St., Burlington. To reserve tickets, visit https://alamancefinearts.com/reserve-tickets.

Lydia Pankratz is a home-schooled high school senior and a Teens & 20s writer.

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