North Central College - Naperville, IL

"Charlotte's Web" comes to life with two matinees Oct. 24

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306 

Aug. 27, 2010--North Central College will feature "Charlotte's Web," a treasured children's play based on the book by E.B. White, with two matinee performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Recommended for ages 5 and up, the hour-long show will be staged by Theatreworks USA theatre company in North Central's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit The performances are part of the College's Homecoming Weekend celebration and 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season.

This beloved tale features madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book, "Charlotte's Web" tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur is desperate to avoid winding up in the slaughterhouse, and Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, assures him she will save him. Charlotte crafts a plan that involves creating a "miracle." She weaves a solution in her web, which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.

The play by Joseph Robinette is presented by the not-for-profit professional theatre company Theatreworks USA, which performs productions for children and families. Under the direction of Rob Barron with a musical score by Jeffrey Lunden, "Charlotte's Web" began its national tour in fall 1993 and has been one of Theatreworks USA's most popular productions ever since.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth of "Beauty and the Beast" and Michael Mayer of "Thoroughly Modern Millie"; writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane of TV's "Friends"; and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover. Performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks, and other actors have gone on to originate lead roles in Broadway shows such as " Hairspray," "Wicked," "Jersey Boys" and many others.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call 630-637-SHOW (7469).