Review by Debbie Kagy
A great way to introduce your child to live theater is by taking them to see a musical production aimed at kids. The classic tale of Charlotte’s Web will bring light to your child’s eyes and delight to their spirit as they laugh and sway along to the music.
The Assistance League and the Nine O’Clock Players (NOP) present a fun group of dancing farm animals on their journey to save Wilbur (Kitty Ogilvy), their newest pig friend. It is only by the wisdom of the barn’s spider, Charlotte (Christina Doren), that they might be able to save him.
Ogilvy delights as the loveable Wilbur, as she bounces around the stage. Her counterpart, Doren, does a wonderful job of embodying the stealthy maturity of a spider while proving her love and devotion through personal sacrifice. An entertaining cast of human characters as well as a barnyard full of quacky ducks, baa-ing sheep and one snarky rat round out the production.
Charlotte’s Web is directed by Janet Miller with musical direction by Wayne Moore. The fabulous Assistance League Theatre lends itself perfectly to the production as it boasts a barn-like space, rafters included. Stephen Gifford and Esau Rosales expand on that warm environment in their set design.
A service of the Assistance League of Los Angeles, and supported by volunteers, the NOP Theatre for Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families with vital necessities. Twice a year they present two educational musicals based on classic children’s literature.
“Charlotte’s Web” runs Sundays through November 22nd as well as Saturday November 21st at 2pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at NineOclockPlayers.com or by calling (323) 469-1970. Special group rates and birthday parties are available. The Assistance League Theatre is located at 1367 N. Saint Andrews Place in Hollywood.