Thunder Bay Theatre will present its annual youth production this weekend.
This year's show is based on the classical E.B. White children's book, "Charlotte's Web," with adaptation by Joseph Robinette and music by Charles Strouse.
Nearly 25 local youth will appear in the production that is set to run Feb. 24-26. Overseeing the show as student director is Alpena High School student Molly Stricker.
Nearly 25 local youth are featured in Thunder Bay Theatre’s upcoming production of “Charlotte’s Web.” Shown front row left, are Bella Brown, Swasti Shree, Lily Nordenbrock, Chloe Walbecq, Malley McGuire, Matea Torres and Colby Nordenbrock. In the middle row are Olivia Martin, Ashley Greer, Chloe Brothers, Alex Langerfeld, Ely Irving, Casey Stevens, Riley McGuire, Elizabeth Sayer, Miya Ingle, Nickie Hilton and Student Director Molly Stricker. The back row includes Lion Schulz, Travis Atkinson, Nikita McCallum, Kendra McInerney, Tiffany Reynolds, Emily Kozlowski, Mandee Henkel and Derek Spack. Not pictured is Emmalee White.
"I love directing. I think that it is a unique experience, especially for a high school student," Stricker said. "It gives me, as an actor, a new perspective and it helps me grow with my craft."
Bella Brown of Alpena plays Wilber the Pig in TBT's version of "Charlotte's Web," while Tiffany Reynolds of Hillman plays Charlotte the Spider. Also featured in the show are three TBT core company members: Derek Spack, Nickie Hilton and Kendra McInerney.
Other youth cast in "Charlotte's Web" are Swasti Shree, Lily Nordenbrock, Chloe Walbecq, Malley McGuire, Matea Torres, Colby Nordenbrock, Olivia Martin, Ashley Greer, Chloe Brothers, Alex Langerfeld, Ely Irving, Casey Stevens, Riley McGuire, Elizabeth Sayer, Miya Ingle, Lion Schulz, Travis Atkinson, Nikita McCallum, Tiffany Reynolds, Emily Kozlowski, Mandee Henkel and Emmalee White.
"I especially love directing the kid's show. I think having all children in a show and producing what we do is incredible. It's an extremely amazing experience for me and all the kids in the show," Stricker said.
Other production staff include J.R. Rodriguez as artistic director, Spack as technical director, Hilton as properties/scenic artist and McInerney on costumes.
The show will be performed Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25-26 at 2 p.m. The Feb. 25 show has been moved from the theatre's normal evening start time in order to better accommodate families attending.
E.B. White, born in 1899 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., began writing his own tales after his nieces and nephews always asked him to tell them stories. In 1945, he started publishing these stories as books. All three books, "Charlotte's Web," "Stuart Little" and "The Trumpet of the Swan," are now considered classics of children's literature.
To make reservations for "Charlotte's Web," call the TBT box office at 354-2267.