Charlotte's Web Coming to SWOSU Stage


Charlotte's Web Cast and Crew
Cast and crew for Charlotte’s Web, which will be staged November 15-17 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University are (front): Calley Lamar, Okeene. Second row from left—Diamond McConnell, NewKirk; Steven Doughty, Yukon; Rhiannon Jensen, Woodward; and Kiefer Fulsom, NewKirk. Third row from left—Kalee Toyekoyah, Anadarko; Dacia Peterman, Weatherford; Kaitlin Belden, Ledyard CT; and Brittany Randall, Concordia KS. Fourth row from left—Adam Seigrist, El Maton TX; Sheri Flowers, Edmond; Kena Kyle; and Merritt Taylor, Cordell. Back row from left—Drew Krause, Okeene; Monica Sallaway, Omaha NE; Adam Boothby, Guymon; and Nikki Reiss, Moore.

A popular children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web, will be staged in November by the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Communication/Theatre and the SWOSU Players.

Reservations can be made starting November 5 for the public performances on November 15-17 in the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre on the Weatherford campus. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, November 15-16, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17.

SWOSU will also have special performances during the day for 1,350 area school children. 

The play is based on the book by E.B. White and adapted for stage by Joseph Robinette.  The original book recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.  Even though it was written for children, adults can enjoy and learn from this classic, according to director Steve Strickler. 

All the enchanting characters are included in Charlotte’s Web:  Wilbur, the irresistible young pig, played by Okeene sophomore Drew Krause;  Fern Arable, a girl who understands what animals say to each other, portrayed by Woodward freshman Rhiannon Jensen; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed,  played by Yukon senior Steven Doughty; the stern and worldly sheep portrayed by Concordia (KS) freshman Brittany Randall; and the repetitive but protective Goose and Gander portrayed by Ledyard (CT) senior Kaitlin Belden and El Maton (TX) sophomore Adam Seigrist.

Also,  the extraordinary spider and title character, Charlotte, portrayed by Omaha (NE) sophomore Monica Sallaway; the other Arable family members played by Guymon senior Adam Boothby, Moore sophomore Nikki Reiss and Newkirk junior Kiefer Fulsom; Homer Zuckerman, played by Okeene sophomore Calley Lamar; the Zuckerman’s faithful farmhand, Lurvy, played by Anadarko freshman Kalee Toyekoyah; and a reporter, fairgoers, Uncle the pig, President of the Fair, baby spider, and the narrator of the story including Edmond sophomore Sheri Flowers, Weatherford junior Kena Kyle  and Newkirk junior Diamond McConnell. 

Serving in technical positions include Merritt Taylor, Cordell sophomore as Stage Manager; Dacia Peterman, Weatherford senior as Assistant Sound Design; and Strickler and Stephen Haynes, SWOSU faculty members who lead the production company as director and technical director/designer, respectively. 

Admission for the evening performance is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for anyone holding a current SWOSU I.D.  For more information or to make reservations, call the SWOSU Hilltop Theatre Box Office at 580.774.6046.  The box office hours are Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.