Adventure Theatre’s Charlotte’s Web is T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C!

Charlotte’s Web is the latest children’s theater production by the incredible Adventure Theatre and it’s one of our favorites to-date. It’s showing all summer long, through Labor Day weekend, but get your tickets now because this show is just “T – double E – double R – double I – double F – double I – double C:  TERRIFIC”.

For my children, this play was their favorite (and let me tell you, Babe The Sheep Pig, Goodnight Moon, Go, Dog. Go!, The Red Balloon, Flat Stanley and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are hard acts to follow!) because the actors became the animals completely through physical mannerisms.

My husband and I, and my elementary school teacher mom (aka Grandma), adored this version of E.B. White’s story because it captures perfectly themes of friendship and courage, concepts that my five-year-old and seven-year-old related to immediately.

Taking a stand for one’s friends?

Working hard to help others?

Putting those you love before yourself?

When it comes to teaching kids important lessons, are there any better lessons to teach children through art?

The production was visually stunning, with the Adventure Theatre’s patented style of combining creative sets and clever, subtle costumes to create vehicles for young audience members’ imaginations. For instance, the actor who plays Wilbur (Davis Hasty, who grew up in Silver Spring!) is dressed in pink and studied actual piglets on a farm in order to truly become his “radiant” character. Charlotte, played by Helen Hayes award winning actor Deidra LaWan Starnes, embodied the beautiful arachnid through her movements, melodic loving voice, and the trailing ends of her wraparound sweater.

You’ve got to see it!

Buy Tickets

Showtimes until September 5

Saturdays 11 am, 2pm and 4:30 pm

Sundays 11 am and 2 pm

Tickets $17 per person. Babies under one year do not need a ticket but must be held on a parents lap.

Super Saver Awesome Option: Purchase an Adventure Theatre Flex Pass!  You’ll save AND see these amazing upcoming shows for the 2011-2012 season:

Charlotte’s Web
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
The Snowy Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Five Little Monkeys
If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Your Flex Pass membership garners you 10 ticket to any show for just $155.

Another cool offering this summer at the Adventure Theatre are their Preschool Playlabs!

From the Adventure Theatre:

Each of our PlayLabs is customized to encourage the learning, growth and development of your preschooler! Our instructors will initiate the use of characters to connect physical emotional and verbal comprehension. We will explore spatial relationships, social interaction, cooperation, environment, voice, body and movement as we consider how to help an audience understand our story.

Ages 12-24 months: Saturdays at 9am, Sundays at 9 am, Mondays at 6:30 pm through August 6

Ages 2-3 years: Saturdays at 9 am, Thursdays at 6:30 pm

Ages 3-4 years: Saturdays at 9 am, Sundays at 9 am

Ages 4-5 years: Mondays at 6:30 pm

Full info and class descriptions

Drop-in rate is $24 per class. Pre-Register for only $20 a class. Pre-Register AND purchase a package of 4 classes for $18 per 4-class pack or a package of 8 classes for $16 per 8-class pack. Packages may choose any combination of classes you’d like.

Disclosure: My family and I received tickets to view the press performance of Charlotte’s Web. We personally purchased an extra ticket to bring Grandma along too. The opinions expressed are completely my own.


  1. Leah Harris says:

    Thanks for the great review, dear! We are going to see it this Sunday 🙂

  2. Glad to read this. I had thought that I did not purchase this show when I bought season tickets, because I was nervous about the whole death thing. However, I just looked and I do have tickets, so I was trying to decide whether to use them or give them away. We’re going to give it a go!


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