Classic Children's Tale Coming to GCC Stage

Special Ticket Price for Performances of ‘Charlotte's Web’

Batavia, NY- The Forum Players Theatre Company of Genesee Community College, with the support of The BEST Center, will bring a beloved story to the stage of the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Three performances of “Charlotte’s Web” are planned for Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. This is a student-driven production under the direction of GCC alumnus Jaime Arena.

Written by E.B. White and published in 1952, “Charlotte’s Web” is the classic story of Wilbur the pig (played by 2010 GCC alumnus Robert Reiss). Born the runt of the litter, Wilbur is saved first by eight-year old Fern Arable (Brianna Jones of Batavia) who stops her father from killing the pig and nurses him to good health. In the barn at the Zuckerman farm, Wilbur encounters a spider named Charlotte (Margaret Gayford of Warsaw High School), who spins magic when Wilbur’s life is again in danger. A timeless tale of bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship, the play is adapted for stage by Joseph Robinette.

Director Jaime Arena, an alumnus of GCC and graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts is also the daughter of Maryanne Arena, GCC’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts. Other GCC alumni are also involved in the show. “It’s entirely student-driven,” said Maryanne Arena. “We’re delighted to showcase our students and alumni with this production. They’re bringing incredible energy to the show.”

Other cast members include: Kayli Wilson (Canastota, NY) and Jordan Griffiths (Milford, NY) as Narrators, Sania Hyatt (New York City) as Templeton, Norm Gayford (GCC English professor) as Avery, Christian Hoffman (Hilton, NY) as Homer Zuckerman, Alayna Zimbrich (Hilton, NY) as Edith Zuckerman, Tony E. Heard (Fillmore, NY) as Lurvy, Emily Jones (Waterloo, NY) as Goose and Gander, Julie Crawford (Mt. Morris, NY) as Sheep and Lamb. Julie Crawford and Emily Jones will play fairgoers while Briana Jones, Tony E. Heard and William Rupp (Batavia) will appear as spiders.

All tickets for the show are $5. An autograph session will be held after each performance. For tickets contact the GCC box office at (585)345-6814 or

In addition to the performances on the Batavia campus, additional performances are scheduled:
•Saturday, June 15, 20136 p.m.Mt. Morris Theatre 101
•Sunday, June 16, 20137 p.m.GCC Dansville Campus Center
•Monday, June 17, 20137 p.m.The Stage, Warsaw

For more information, contact Fine and Performing Arts Director Maryanne Arena at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6439, or via email:

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Editor’s Note:
A photo of director Jaime Arena is available here:

In addition, a photo opportunity with “Charlotte’s Web” cast in costume is available in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the GCC Batavia campus on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 4 p.m.