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Cast announced for 'Charlotte's Web'

The Phipps Children's Theater is performing "Charlotte's Web," a musical adaptation of the children's book by E.B. White, Feb. 13-March 1 at The Phipps Center.

The play is a tale of love and friendship between Wilbur the pig; Fern, a strong-willed little girl; and Charlotte the spider, who spins messages in her web to save the little pig's life.

Abby Heimel of Roberts is cast as Wilbur, the runt pig who finds a true friend in Charlotte, played by Shannon Foy of Cottage Grove, Minn.

Erin Bloomer of Hudson is Fern, the little girl who refuses to allow her father, played by Stephen Dahle of Hudson, to kill the small, runt pig.

Erin Maher and Wyatt Opelt of Hudson play Martha, Fern's mother and Avery, Fern's annoying brother. Kari Pelzel, Max Malanaphy and Kyle Featherstone, all of Hudson, play the neighbors who own the barn where Wilbur finds a new home.

The Zuckerman barn is where Wilbur meets his new farmyard friends, the sheep and her little lamb, played by Amanda Chial of Stillwater and Tess Babbitt of Hudson, as well as the goose and the gander, played by Alicen Evans of Prescott and Zachary Helmen of Hudson.

Templeton the rat, the owl and the bat, played by Michael Adrian of Stillwater, Heather Nordby of Woodbury, and Kate Keller of Hudson, complete the cast of farmyard friends.

Bjorn Saterbak, Ginna Roe and Maddie Leines, all of Hudson, are characters who meet Wilbur at the county fair. Miki Sautbine of Red Wing, Chris Adam of Oakdale, Deven Kelley of Stillwater, Calyssa Hall and Cassidy Hall of Afton complete this cast of 24 high school students.

John H. Potter, who directed the 1999 production of "Charlotte's Web," returns to stage this show for The Phipps. Musical director Randi Rexroth, choreographer Jocelyn Gorham, scenic designer Tiffany Fier, lighting designer Mark C. Koski, costume designer Linda Adorn and sound designer Thomas Dahle complete the production team.

This musical adaptation is by the award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette, with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse, the composer of "Annie" and "Bye, 'Bye, Birdie."


"Charlotte's Web" runs for 12 performances Feb. 13-March 1 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students age 13 and older as well as seniors, and $15 for children 4 to 12 years old, with a $2 discount for the opening weekend. This show is not recommended for children under age 4.

For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or