Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Charlotte Spins Her Web Again - as a Puppet

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Charlotte Spins Her Web Again - as a Puppet

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Children and adults alike love "Charlotte's Web." In the book by E.B. White, a gray barn spider takes a fancy to a little pig and saves his life by writing about him in her web. Everyone who sees the web believes there is something "terrific" about Wilbur. So nobody has the heart to send him to market. The spider is brave and good. Wilbur is good, if not quite so brave. But in the end he saves Charlotte's babies.

This story is now a puppet play. The Center for Puppetry Arts produced a lovely version for the children of Atlanta recently that pleased their parents and teachers just as much.

The puppeteers were dressed all in black, from their feet to the crowns of their heads. Their suits were made of the same material as the black curtains at the back of the stage. On their hands were black gloves, on their heads they wore black hoods, and over their faces, black veils made of gauze (a lightweight material you can see and breathe through, but which hid their faces). …

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