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Charlotte's Web
Composer Charles Strouse
Librettist Joseph Robinette
Lyricist Charles Strouse

Synopsis
Fern, a young farm girl, saves Wilbur, a runty pig, from slaughter and raises him as a pet. She sells him to her Uncle Homer, so she can visit him often. Wilbur makes friends with all the animals, including a spider named Charlotte, who spins words in her web and makes Wilbur a celebrity. Uncle Homer promises Charlotte that if Wilbur wins a blue ribbon at the Fair, he will not make bacon out of him. Charlotte teaches Wilbur that even though he is not the biggest pig, he is unique.
Synopsis Compiled By Evelyn Swensson, Director of Family Opera Theater

Subject Friendship between a little pig and a black spider
Musical Style variety of styles
Running Time 1 hr. 45 min.
Critical Evaluation Educators and publishers have designated Charlotte's Web by E. B. White the most popular book for children in the middle grades. The play by Joseph Robinette has been a best seller for several years. The name recognition sold the musical even before it was written. The wholesome story of life on a farm in the '50s, with its universal values of friendship and unselfishness is an excellent choice for children. The animals add humor, movement, and color.

Charles Strouse has written some memorable melodies: "Wilbur", "Eating", "Nice to Meet You", "Summer", "Who Says We Can't Be Friends?", "County Fair", "Don't", and "You're You". He has also composed some recitatives and some moving incidental music under dialogue that point out the poignant parts of the story.

* Evelyn Swensson

“Strouse’s score runs the gamut from vaudeville to rock, with ballads thrown in; one could even detect elements of Sprechstimme… successfully captured the imagination of the audience.” -

Sorab Modi “Opera News”

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9th - 12th Grade
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Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
4th - 5th Grade
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All Audiences

Vocal Requirements Available
Adults Children
Soprano 5  1  
Alto   1  
Mezzo 5   
Tenor 5    
Baritone 5   
Bass    
Spoken    
Chorus 16-20 (optional)   20 (optional) 
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Instrumentation piano  
Dancers barn dance by the animals  
Costumes 2 chickens, 2 pigs, 2 sheep, 2 geese, 1 rat and farm families  
Other farmhouse turns to become two-story barn, which becomes booths at the fair  

Commissioned By Dramatic Publishing Company
Year Composed 1989
First Performed By Opera Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Date 17 Feb 1989
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Publisher Dramatic Publishing Company
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