18-March 28 on DST Mainstage Theatre--in-the-Round
Stages Theatre’s Children’s Series Presents an Original Adaptation of
Founder Gerry Cullity’s Book, Music and Lyrics Stand Test of Time
Tickets at DesertStages.org
Ariz. (Jan. 19, 2011) – Desert
Stages Theatre’s Children’s Series presents
an original adaptation of Charlotte’s
Web, engaging more than 180 children across the Valley in two complete
casts, beginning Fri., Feb.
18 through Sun., March 18.
tickets at only $12, Charlotte’s Web hits the DST Mainstage on the heels of
current musical hit Bye
Bye Birdie, and continues the DST tradition of delivering first-rate
theatrical entertainment at value prices.
is our design for the Children’s Theatre, this musical adaptation enlists the
talents of four leads for the show’s two casts,” said Laurie Cullity,
cofounder and executive director of DST, who also happens to direct this show.
“Part of the mandate of our theatrical academy,” added Cullity, “is to
deliver a stage opportunity that allows as many young talents to participate as
possible, and still retain a level of excellence.”
two children’s casts each have two leads to provide the opportunity for more
children to experience the challenging roles for the show’s duration.
on the beloved tale by E. B. White, the play is performed to a musical score
created by the late DST founder Gerry Cullity, in addition to his original
script and lyrics to boot.
loved this particular production and the statement it made about friendship and
looking out for each other,” said Cullity.
at www.DesertStages.org or
by phone at 480.443.1664, ext
version of Charlotte’s
Web is a musical
hoe-down as America’s favorite characters from Zuckerman’s Farm -- a gossipy
goose, a gloomy sheep, a grouchy rat and, of course, a beautiful spider named
Charlotte -- come together to save their friend, Wilbur the pig, from a terrible
fate in a spirited country gospel musical adaptation. From the
kick-up-your-heels "Good Morning" melody to the bluegrass tune
"Tough Act to Follow," parents will love to share this favorite
story-turned-musical about growing up and the wonders of life with their
Online & by Phone. Tickets
for children’s productions are now available online at www.DesertStages.org;
or by phone, 480.483.1664, and also at the theatre box office, 4720 N.
Scottsdale Road, north side of Scottsdale Fashion Square, next to Coco’s
restaurant. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 (adults) and $12 (children)
day of performance.
Series. Presently on the Mainstage is Bye
Bye Birdie through Feb.
6. In addition, On
Golden Pond continues
its hit run through Jan. 23, in DST’s intimate Actor’s
Café, with American
classic A Raisin in the
Sun soon to follow Feb.
11. Visit www.DesertStages.org for
Desert Stages Theatre. A bustling community playhouse, Scottsdale’s
nonprofit Desert Stages Theatre was founded in 1995, and presents more than 400
performances every season, from August to July. Three show schedules occur
simultaneously throughout the year: Actor’s
Café performances in the
intimate, proscenium-style 60-seat theatre; the Mainstage
Series in Cullity
Hall, an innovative theatre-in-the-round; and the Children’s
Theatre Series, also
performed in Mainstage Cullity Hall. DST is led by cofounder and executive
director Laurie Cullity; business manager and cofounder Joan Thompson; and
artistic director Terry Helland. Included in each DST season are
children’s productions of original scripts, musical scores and lyrics by
cofounder Gerry Cullity whose work is still relished five years after his
passing. Desert Stages has developed thousands of thespians, young and
old, many with compelling personal stories of triumph and major stage success
and all of whom perform at DST for the pure love of the theater.