'Charlotte's Web' promises fun for whole family


January 27, 2023


The County Seat Theater will open its new season next weekend with "Charlotte's Web," a story about friendship that ought to enchant audiences of all ages. The Children's Literature Association had high praise for the well-known book by E.B. White, calling it "The best American children's book of the past two hundred years."

"This show is only about an hour long, which is great for our younger audience members, but I guarantee all ages will want it to go on longer," said co-director Joel Soukkala, explaining that for a number of years County Seat has focused the first show of the season to be appropriate for all ages. "We try to find shows that will appeal to all ages as well as feature a multi-generational cast."

This show features 22 actors from ages 8 to adult. The most enchanting characters are: Wilbur (double cast with Mayzlin Cordle and Zoe Jazdzewski), the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern (Rachel Dinger), a girl who understands what animals say to each other; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte (Christy Wolvert), 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 which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. Soukkala called it a beautiful, knowing play about friendship.

"We have some fun special effects in the show that will highlight our new lighting system, but it's the story and relationships that make the show," said Soukkala.


The County Seat Theater Company will present performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, 4, 9, 10 and Feb. 5, 11 and 12 at 2 p.m., at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or online at http://www.countyseattheater.com.

This is the first show of the County Seat Theater Company season, so you can still buy season passes and enjoy productions all year-round. It also has a special family rate.

The County Seat Theater Company offers a full season of local performances, as well as youth productions, musical acts and has an art gallery featuring work by local artists.


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