Adults spin enchanting tale for kids, adults alike |

Adults spin enchanting tale for kids, adults alike

Kimberly Nicoletti

KEYSTONE – Perhaps the greatest friendships arise by blending intellect and emotion.”Charlotte’s Web” is the best-selling children’s paperback of all time, according to Fact Monster database. So it’s fitting for the Lake Dillon Theatre to bring it to the Quaking Aspen Theatre at Keystone for adults and children to enjoy.”It’s a universal story people know,” said producer Josh Blanchard. “It’s nostalgic. Everyone in the last 50 years remembers reading the book.”Six actors who love storytelling and children’s theatre bring the story of friendship between Charlotte, a heroic spider with super-powered vocabulary, and Wilbur, a runty pig full of deep emotion. The story focuses on journeys of sharing and growth. It teaches kids not only about friendship, but also about loyalty and death, the last of which the actors soften so as not to bum the kids out, said Spenser Hill, a 2005 graduate from Summit High School who plays Wilbur.”That’s really what life is about – just enjoying what you have,” said Taryan Bryant, an actress from Alabama who narrates and plays the goose.And the six actors definitely enjoy their Friday stints at Keystone.”Children are the best audience in my opinion because they’re engaged in every part,” Taryan said. “They’re with you.”

Kids don’t need much convincing that a man dressed in a pink shirt, pants and shoes is indeed a compelling depiction of a pig. All of the actors stand upright with fairly simple costumes and sets, which makes them work even harder to play up aspects of their characters.”You can’t have subtle characters,” Hill said. “It has to be over-the-top and very fun.”In that vein, the actors create big characters by allowing their own unique personalities to pop out.”The characters’ personalities are so diverse; the kids will be wide-eyed,” said Andy McCain, who narrates and plays Templeton.But even if the acting weren’t top notch, kids naturally connect to their imagination and throw themselves into stories – which the actors encourage through narration, talking to the audience and responding to the kids’ reactions. The whole experience makes it more accessible for youngsters.In a letter to a young reader, reported by Fact Monster database, author E.B. White wrote:”In real life, a spider doesn’t spin words in her web. But real life is only one kind of life – there is also the life of the imagination. And although my stories are imaginary, I like to think that there is some truth in them, too – truth about the way people and animals feel and think and act.”Of course, fun with imagination isn’t just kids’ play. The actors add flair to entertain adults.”We add a little adult appeal to it as well – just little tidbits that make it interesting for a larger age range,” said Erica Honeycutt, who plays Fern.The 50-minute show can accommodate nearly 200 people outside.Vail, Colorado

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