Charlotte’s Web: Actors weave magical tale

MCT brings beloved story to life during Arts in Education Week

On Stage

Charlotte’s Web, one of the most beloved stories in American children’s literature, comes to life on the stage of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts at noon Sept 12 and noon and 6 p.m. Sept. 13. Produced by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Charlotte’s Web is MCT’s annual Theatre for Young Audiences production, featuring professional adult actors portraying the captivating farm critters in E.B. White’s cherished tale.

Meet all of the enchanting characters: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.”

Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign that ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

While Charlotte’s Web is the story of an enduring friendship, it also reminds us that our own individuality and unique gifts are valuable and useful, whether you’re a spider or a pig, a rat or a person.

With cooperation from SPARK! and the Missoula County Public Schools, all MCPS second grade students will take field trips to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts for a performance of Charlotte’s Web during Arts in Education Week. This is the fifth year that MCT has been able to offer this theatre experience to local second graders.

Public performances are noon Thursday and noon and 6 p.m. Friday; tickets are available at, by calling 406-728-7529, or at MCT’s Box Office.

SPARK! Celebrates Arts in Education Sept. 14

SPARK! Arts is celebrating Missoula’s collective work in arts education with free arts demos 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in downtown Missoula. Activities range from African, Caribbean and social swing dance, to drawing and oil pastels, theatre games, and “Fishing Pole Poetry.”

Visit SPARK! on Facebook for venues and the complete schedule.