Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

Sponsored by:  Springfield Theatre Centre


Directed by: Gil and Ann Opferman
Produced by: Patty Lanser
Auditions:  February 11, 2012 – See below for times.
Performances: April 20-22 & 27-29, 2012
Curtain Times: 7:00 p.m. – Friday & Saturday; 2:00 p.m. – Sunday


Directors – Gil & Ann Opferman

Asst. Director/Stage Manager – Zach Clemens

Student Intern – Alyssa Sammons

Costumes – Deb Iams – assisted by:  Lindsey Viteychuk

Makeup/Hair – Annie Germann – assisted by:  Gwen Cribbett

Props – Melody Sheehan

Set Crew Chief – Jane Teeter – assisted by:  Dalton Konerkor

Sound – Ben Shafer

Set Design – Gil Opferman



Auditions will be held on February 11 starting at 8:30 a.m.  There will be 20-25 auditonees in each hour long session.  You will have a chance to read, do Facial expressions, and use your body to create characters from the play.  It’s a chance to imagine, create, and have fun.  We will have callbacks at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.  Auditions will be held in the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  Audition sessions will be:  8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30.  You can email for an audition time by contacting


Fern Arable-Grace Thompson

Avery Arable-Austin Duffie

John Arable-John Moransky

Martha Arable-Beth Staff

Homer Z.-Damon McParland

Edith Z.-Alyssa Furling

Lurvy-Julie Herpel

Wilbur-Sean Wesp

Charlotte-Carla Wilson

Templeton-Ben Cole

Goose-Ciarra Knapp

Gander-Liam McParland

Sheep-Emily Wilkerson

Lamb-Autumn Meyer

Animal-Kelsey Cour, Emily Higginson, Molly Thornberry, Kristen McAllister

Baby Wilbur/Fairgoer#2-Parker Nichols

Mid-sized Wilbur/Fairgoer #3-Dylan Leach

Fairgoer #1-Steve Button

Fairgoer #4-Abby Milhiser

Fairgoer #5-Tori Londrigan

Fairgoer #6-Miranda Schneider

Fairgoer #7Mykenzy Norman

Photographer/Fairgoer #8-Sam Kauerauf

Reporter/Member #1-Alina Sinha

Member #2-Rhiannon Freitag

Member #3-Kate Moranski

Member #4-Naomi Wilson

Member#5-Stella Cole

Member#6-Elyse Morehead

Member#7-Michael Donelan

Announcer/Loudspeaker/Member #8-Vince Eller

Uncle/Member #9-Forrest Sterling

Baby Spiders- Annelise Abate, Aidan McParland, Elizabeth Bertam, Amalia Schneider, Willa Daniels, Ainslie Wilson, Elizabeth DonelanHOW TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS

First, read the book, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  The play is taken directly from the book.  Next and just as important, practice acting and being a variety of the characters.  This means working with your voice, your face, your body, and how you walk, to make your character come alive and interesting.  The best way to do this is in front of a mirror.  Another fun way is to perform for your family and friends BUT don’t tell them what you are doing and see if they can figure it out.  They may think you’ve lost your marbles, but it should be great fun.  Don’t hold back in auditions and let your imagination run free.  Don’t be nervous…relax and see what you can compe up with.  We want you to do your very best and will do all that we can to make that happen.  You will learn a lot about acting and make new friends.


It is a great opportunity to be selected to be in a play and we want this show to be fun, entertaining, moving, and a memorable learning experience for you.  What we are looking for just as importanly as good actors is NICE PEOPLE!  We will be practicing for 8 weeks, performing for two weeks, and it’s important that we all get along well, being kind and considerate, responsible, good listerns, practice on your own outside of rehearsals, and take direction well.  We EXPECT you to be at practice.  Our first rehearesal will be Tuesday, February 21.  We will practice Monday-Thursday, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  We do not want to waste your time, so at the beginning we will try and schedule your scenes so you don’t have to be there every night.  When we start to run whole acts, the whole cast will have to be there every night, starting some time in March.  We end practice at 8:00 p.m. so you can get home to relax, rest, and be ready for doing your best at school/work.  Our final two weeks before the show may have practices that go longer; especially for tech. week, the final week before performances (which would be April 16-18).  We know it is important to balance your time rehearsing with taking care of your schoolwork with study and homework.  We expect you to make good use of your time during the day so your grades can be as good as ever.


Being in a show is fun for the whole family, and we will count on your involvement depending on your time and talents.  We even encourage you to try out for the show, even if you have never auditioned for a show.  As the weeks go by, the cast, staff, and parents develop into one huge family, and we want you to be included in the fun.  There will be lots of ways you can help backstage, out front, etc.  We count on you to get your kids to practice and pick them up on time.  The directors are both retired teachers and administrators with lots of kid experience and want this to be a fun learning experience and expect your child to work hard to make that happen.  Many schools will have Spring Break during our rehearsal schedule.  We expect the kids to be at practice and it makes it tough if we miss them for a week.  We will take off for Easter from April 5-9 to give everyone a chance to relax and have family time.   If your child has an occasional band concert, recital or some sort of special event, we are happy for them to attend.  But if they have Dance two nights a week or on the basketball team, baseball, soccer or other activities and cannot commit to being in the show, it might not be a good idea to audition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at