Charlotte's Web On Stage at GCC

Friday, June 14, 2013; 7 p.m. & Sat. and Sun. June 15-16; 2 p.m.

What: Charlotte’s Web On Stage at GCC

When: Friday, June 14, 2013; 7 p.m. & Sat. and Sun. June 15-16; 2 p.m.

Where:Stuart Steiner Theatre ~ Genesee Community College ~ One College Road, Batavia

Who:All ages welcome!

Background: Genesee Community College invites all to enjoy the children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web” on stage at the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the GCC Batavia campus THIS weekend. GCC alumnus Jaime Arena directs this production by The Forum Players Theatre Company. Three performances are planned: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. In addition, The Forum Players will take the show on the road to offer the following performances in the GLOW region:
•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

The show is being produced with the support of The BEST Center at GCC by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.

Originally published in 1952, E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” chronicles the life 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 (played by GCC English Professor Norm Gayford) 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.

Other cast members include: Kayli Wilson (Canastota, NY) and Jordan Griffiths (Milford, NY) as Narrators, Sania Hyatt (New York City) as Templeton, Courtney Amesbury (Bergen, NY) as Mrs. Arable, William Rupp (Batavia) 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, Norm Gayford as Old Sheep. William Rupp, Norm Gayford and Emily Jones will play fairgoers while Brianna Jones, Tony E. Heard and William Rupp will appear as spiders.

All tickets for the show are $5. An autograph session will be held after each performance. Tickets can be purchased by cash, check or credit card from the GCC box office at (585)345-6814 or

Genesee Community College is located in Batavia, NY, just 2 minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 48. Visit for door-to-door directions sent via email.

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:

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.