Charlotte’s Web at Main Street Theater, April 17 – May 24, 2013

Address: Main Street Theater-Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas

Appropriate Age: Ages 3 and up

Cost: $12+/ticket

Charlotte's Web PosterMain Street Theater for Youth takes well known stories and makes them come alive. The small theater fills with families; many of whom are season ticket holders and the rest will soon fall in love with MST.

For us, we fell in love at Pinkalicious and have been to every show since. No matter what the show, my kids look forward to the production, wiggle and laugh through it, and then beg me to go again.

Right now, through May 24, 2013, Charlotte’s Web is on the main stage. School groups can attend shows during the week and everyone 3 and older can attend on Saturdays.

Charlotte's Web ProgramThe theater is small, casual and perfect for kids. Dress up or dress down, it does not matter. As long as kids are 3 years or older, they can come to the show and some little squeaks will not bother anyone. There is always easy parking at the Chelsea Market location making this a very easy outing.

The BigKidSmallCity crew went to the 1:00 Saturday show. We arrived at 12:50 to mingle in the lobby just a minute before taking out seats. Every seat in this small theater is good. This time we got section 2, right in front of the stage.

CharlotteAndWilberAs the lights went down, we could feel the excitement of all the kids and parents. And we were not disappointed.  The kids laughed and smiled for the full duration of the show.

I’m always surprised at how adult actors can be convincing in their roles as animals or kids. How can a person convince me she is a spider, weaving a web next to a pig and rat? But Katie Harrison and the cast of Charlotte’s Web did just that.

With each show we see, the Main Street Theater actors convince us that we are indeed seeing the storybook come to life. This is the genius that keeps bringing us back.

Charlotte's Web NarratorAs I have said in past reviews, I’m very good at teaching my kids math and manners. I’m relying on Main Street Theater to teach my kids about art. And what a good job they are doing.

Katie Harrison is a beautiful Charlotte and Nick Thomas is a very funny Wilbur. We are not sure if we liked Alan Hall better as the Uncle or the Old Sheep, but we are leaning towards Old Sheep. Kyle Curry was a lovable rat and Brittny Bush is always fun to watch.  This time she was Fern and Goose.  And, since his role as Duck in Duck for President, Chioke Coreathers (Narrator/Gander) is the kids’ most favorite actor in the world.

Charlotte's Web AutographsWe met all the actors (again) after the show as the lined up for autographs and pictures.

Charlotte’s Web is directed by Daria Allen and we’d like to be her guests on “take your kids to work” day.  The same is true for Jodi Bobrovsky (set design), Eric Marsh (lighting designer), Macy Perrone (costume design), Shawn St. John (sound design), Rodney Walsworth (properties design), Kevin Zahradnik (stage manager) and Vivienne St. John (Theater for Youth Producing Director).

The show ran for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission. At intermission there are light concessions and souvenirs. We always get the $3 poster for the actors to sign.

To see Charlotte’s Web, buy your tickets HERE.  Love Main Street Theater like we do?  Get ready for Alice in Wonderland starting June 8 and do not miss the Wonderland Ball on June 23.


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