SLIDESHOW: ‘Terrific’ Production of Charlotte’s Web at Eastleigh Farm Saturday & Sunday

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School Drama Company will perform the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web at Eastleigh Farm this weekend.

The working farm is a the perfect set for the E.B. White tale of friendship. During a dress rehearsal a rooster and a goat wandered on to the set, which the actors and actresses performed.

Shows are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at ShowTix4u.com

The drama company is actually performing two different shows this weekend. Wiley and the Hairy Man takes place at the Fuller outdoor amphitheater on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Framingham High Fine & Performing Arts Director Christopher Brindley said he philosophically is opposed to theatre with masks, due to the coronavirus pandemic, so he opted to do both plays outside.

“So many kids wanted to do theatre coming out of the pandemic,” said Brindley. “So we decided to do two shows!”

The drama company performed Shrek the Musical outside earlier this spring with lights and a stage at the High school. The show was a huge success and not only was it in-person but it was streamed live too.

Both weekend shows have minimal sets and production, but the costumes are fabulous, and Charlotte’s Web, the actors and actresses use puppets to create the classic animals in the tale.

Charlotte’s Web was the first play Brindley every directed.

“It has a special meaning for me,” said Brindley. “I just love the story.”

“It is a popular tale that people know,” added Brindley.

By Wednesday, more than 300 tickets had already been sold for the two shows.

Brindley said these outdoors shows were a way “to reach out to the community that was different for us.”

Brindley said he went to Eastleigh to ask if the drama company could stage the show at the farm, and the answer was immediately yes!

Eastleigh Farm owner Doug Stephan joined the cast & crew for a photo on Wednesday at the dress rehearsal.

Ticket holders are asked to bring their own chair for the performances. There is no seating.

There will be concessions and Eastleigh Farm will have its ice cream truck operating.

Olivia Palmer is Wilbur and Hadley Connor is Charlotte in the Framingham High production.

Other cast members include:

Templeton: Diego Castrillo-Vilches

Sheep: Haley Hein

Lamb: Elizabeth St. Louis

Goose: CJ Till

Gander: Kiyan Weiss

Uncle: Joseph McClennan

John Arable: Cameron Norris

Martha Arable: Sarah Spalti

Fern: Emily Spalding

Avery: Luke Poole

Homer Zuckerman: Matthew Schneider

Edith Zuckerman: Rachel Varley

Lurvy: Casey Corcoran

Announcer: Thomason Carson

Storyteller 1: Janie Harris 

Storyteller 2: Joao Vittor Monteiro

Storyteller 3: Mary Sullivan

Storyteller 4: Viv Lee

Storyteller 5: Aubrey Klippenstein

Reporters, Fairgoers, Photographers: 

Andrew Austrager

Monty Caruso

Kara Hatalsky

Ryn Noble

Dexter Noggle

Sohli Patrick

Angela Ssekanjako

Director: Chris Brindley

Assistant Director: Stephanie Henry

Producer: Donna Wresinski

Technical Director: Peter Birren

Costume Design: Brian Simons

Music Composition: Michelle Smith

Puppets and Set for Charlotte’s Web: Do Sets Design

Stage Managers for Wiley and the Hairy Man: Katrina Barrett and Meghan McCluskey

Stage Managers for Charlotte’s Web: Timmy Beverly and Jenna Saxon 

Student Assistant Director: Tai Edmond

Assistant Stage Managers/ Crew Heads: Madison Chan and Domenic Scalzi 

Student House Manager: Alex Lopez

Sound Crew

Ethan Cox

Haley Hein

Tessa Krejdovsky

Mia Larios

Alyssa Mackay

Emma Mackay, Sound Crew Chief

Averi McAuliffe

Julia Wilkinson

Jackson Zweil

Scenic/Props Crew

Esther Abe

Emma Michelle Aka

Isabella Alvarez

Mateo Alonso

Alina Chaparian

Nico Harutunian 

Alahna Hogues

Violet Johnson

Emma Lickly

Evelyn MacIver

Daniel Mealy

Livia Putney

Leah Salloway

Tessa Varley

Lucy Wood

Costumes/ Make-Up and Hair Crew

Anna Adams

Cora Allen

Bella Andersen

Natalie Carson

Melanie Cerin

Eva Dillon

Samantha Gee 

Ailadis Hernandez

Sophie Macklin

Isabella Medina

Gabi Mills

Jessytracy Namulindwa

Clara Noggle

DeLiecia Quigley

Emma Rothstein

Lena Sakharuk

Lilian Sucich

Talia Salls

Alyssa Witty

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