5 reasons why ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C!

Find out a little more about the 2024-25 Family Holiday Show, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web:

1. Charlotte’s Web takes both 2nd and 3rd place on the list of ATP’s best-selling productions of all time. Number 1? 2019’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

2. As well as stage play and stage musical adaptations, Charlotte’s Web was made into the classic animated film (1973), and a 2006 live-action/CGI remake starring Dakota Fanning as Fern, Julia Roberts as Charlotte the spider, and Steve Buscemi as Templeton the rat.

3. Author of the original novel, E.B. White has won countless awards, including a Newbery Honor (1953), the 1971 National Medal for Literature, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.

4. Charlotte’s full name is “Charlotte A. Cavatica”, revealing her as a barn spider – with the scientific name Araneus cavaticus – a common orb weaver spider native to North America.

5. Many young readers asked E.B. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, “No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination.”

Bonus fact! Two video game adaptations exist! Coinciding with the release of the 2006 film adaptation, Sega developed the adventure video game, Charlotte’s Web: Wilbur and Friends, which consists of 9 mini-games based around the characters of the film. A different adaptation for Playstation 2 was developed in 2007 where players primarily play as Wilbur, exploring and running around the farm collecting items for other characters while avoiding dogs and farmers that would send the player back to the start of the level. Charlotte the Spider and Templeton the Rat are also playable in the form of more linear minigames in between Wilbur’s levels.

Check out Charlotte’s Web as part of the 2024-25 50th Anniversary Season from November 26 – December 29. Interested in the best price on tickets, free exchanges, and priority ticket access? Subscribe and join us for the season (plus all the perks) HERE.