Charlottes Web Coming to APH: "I like acting more than anything!"

Three cast members strike a pose, showing excitement for the upcoming production of Charlotte's Web.

“Templeton, Templeton! Wake up you lazy rat!” yells sixth grader Luke Hagen. He’s telling me about his role as Wilber in the upcoming Braille Reader’s theater production of Charlotte’s Web. That line wasn’t in the original script, but when you have as much energy as Luke, the script is just a place to start.

Luke Hagan poses as Wilber in Charlottes Web.

“I don’t say this to be rude, but I think the kids are basically the main attraction.” If you haven’t caught on yet – Luke is pretty funny kid.  “Because when you think of plays you mainly think it’s going to be adults only, but NO, these are KIDS!” To be fair, there are many talented adults in the production, but they’re not as cute as Luke and his younger co-stars.

“My mom told me about the play, and I really wanted to do it because I like acting more than anything,” said fourth grader Makenna Harrod, who plays a lamb. “She is kind of sassy like me, and she doesn’t like Wilber. She’s his enemy.”

Makenna Harrod smiles big talking about her role as a lamb in Charlotte's Web.

Charlotte’s Web is going to make you laugh, but have a tissue at hand. “It’s very funny. It’s basically a drama - a mix of funniness with a little mix of sadness at the end,” says Luke.

He says the hardest part the play is when Wilbur finds out Charlotte is going to die. “It’s really hard on me because she’s dying. She’s Wilber’s best friend. He’s finding out she’s never going to see her kids.”

Through the highs and the lows of the script, sixth grader Macy Spigelmire, who plays Fern, says there’s an even bigger message. “The play is presented by all blind and visually impaired people, so it doesn’t matter how your eyes are made, or how you are born - you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

Macy Spigelmire plays Fern in Charlotte's Web.

That’s something Luke mentioned as well – when he’s acting it doesn’t matter what else is going on. “I’m not really a normal kid that does this stuff. I have a lot of stuff going on. I have a heart issue, I have an eye issue, I have a brain issue. I think it’s really great. If you take one look at me on stage you would never know.” 

If you'd like to attend Braille Reader's Theater's production of Charlotte's Web showtimes are:
Friday, March 15th at 7-9 pm
Saturday, March 16th at 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm

1839 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, Ky 40206

Admission is free but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For adults and children age 6 and up.
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