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Asheville Creative Arts: Charlotte’s Web July 17-27

ACA’s 2013/14 Summer Main Stage


July 17-27, 2014

as part of the Catalyst Series at NC Stage (15 Stage Ln)







Asheville, NC- Co-Founders Abby Felder and Robbie Jaeger announce Asheville Creative Arts’ (ACA) main stage production of EB White’s classic, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, dramatized by Joseph Robinette, directed and choreographed by Robbie Jaeger, with a sound design of original bluegrass inspired music composed and performed live by Jonesalee, and puppets by Abby Felder, which will run July 17-27 at NC Stage (15 Stage Lane),

CHARLOTTE’S WEB is a story about Fern, and her little pig Wilbur who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors.

Building on the success of ACA’s inaugural production of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD presented in summer of 2013, Artistic Director Robbie Jaeger says that “CHARLOTTE’S WEB grows ACA’s creative vision, and we very excited to integrate the original compositions and performances of Jonesalee, helmed by former Doubting Thomas members, Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambil, as part of the sound design and storytelling.”  Adds Producing Director Abby Felder “The book is very dear to so many generations of readers, and will be lovingly dramatized by an incredible team. Children and adults will experience this story about friendship, love and loss as never before.”

CHARLOTTE’S WEB continues the company’s mission while launching a new partnership with NC Stage, Asheville’s professional theater venue, and will be presented as part of the Catalyst Series. It features a cast of local professional actors:  Maria Buchanan, Jenson Lavallee, Allen Law, Carin Metzger, Jenni Robinson, and David Sebren, and is stage managed by Jessica Tandy Kammerud.  The production team includes light designer Catori Swann; costume designer Eric Grace; props by Chifferobe Home and Garden, and from New York City, set designer Gian Marco Lo Forte. Music will be performed live by Gina Stewart.

Tickets for CHARLOTTE’S WEB are $10 (students); $20 (adults), with a limited number of $30 tickets for a patrons party on July 18 at 7:00pm, which includes a reception with refreshments for children and adults, and a chance to meet the cast.  Group discounts are also available, call 914-830-3000 for details, or ashevillecreativearts@gmail.com.  All tickets purchased through the NC Stage Box Office (link available at www.ashevillecreativearts.org) or by calling (828) 239-0263.


Robbie Jaeger – CHARLOTTE’S WEB Director/ Choreographer &ACAArtistic Director- An award winning theatre artist, he has worked on over 100 theatrical productions as director, choreographer, performer or designer with companies such as Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Theatre Charlotte, Queen City Theatre, The Greenroom, Lake Wylie Community Theatre, and various Elementary, Middle, and High Schools throughout the area. Recent NC credits onstage include PAGEANT THE MUSICAL for Actors Theatre of Charlotte, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (nominated for a Creative Loafing Award for his performance as Toad), and 9 seasons of CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS for Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Offstage Credits include: choreography for REEFER MADNESS, and XANADU (Queen City Theatre Company), Direction and Choreography for LES MISERABLES (Matthews Playhouse).

Gina Stewart- Composer/Musician- Gina has worked professionally as an actor, composer/musician in theatre for nearly thirty years. Her most beloved memories include “Mama” Maybelle Carter in WILDWOOD FLOWERS, the JUNE CARTER-CASH STORY at the Roy Acuff Theater in Nashville, TN, GOOD OLD GIRLS at the Roundabout Theatre, Off-Broadway. Regional audiences may remember her as “Raney” in the original premiere of Clyde Edgerton’s RANEY, her critically acclaimed performance in the Charlotte production of SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, or as herself in the band Doubting Thomas. Her film and television credits include Dawson’s Creek, Homeland and Banshee; and she is very excited to be a part of the cast of the upcoming feature film, Captive. She loves to write, play all kinds of instruments and tell good stories.

Abby Felder- CHARLOTTE’S WEB puppet designer &ACA Producing Director- Has worked in the professional theatre for over a decade as a designer and builder for puppet theatre, and Off- and Off- Off Broadway in NYC as a theatrical producer and not-for-profit arts administrator for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and Pioneers Go East Collective. Other notable companies, venues and collaborators include: St. Ann’s Warehouse, La MaMa, Incubator Arts Project, HERE, Chashama, EST, Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and Concrete Temple. Original Works include: SLUG AND SNAIL, a children’s solo-show she wrote, built and performs in Kindergartens and festivals nationally; and most recently HILDEGARD (Vision), a multimedia opera with puppetry developed with PGEC, which will have its world premiere in 2015 in NYC.

Listings Information:  CHARLOTTE’S WEB runs at NC Stage as part of the Catalyst Series (15 Stage Lane) July 17-27: Wed through Fri at 7:00pm, Sat at 1:00pm and 4:30pm, Sun at 1:00pm with weekday matinees July 17, 23 and 24 at 1:00pm.   Show is approximately 1 hour. Tickets $10 (students); $20 (adult); plus a limited number of $30 tickets for the Patron’s Party on July 18 at 7:00pm, purchase at https://northcarolinastagecompany.thundertix.com/events/55175/performances, by calling  (828) 239-0263, or at the Box Office (hours Mon-Fri from 12-5, and 90 minutes before showtime).  Weekday matinees also have discounted tickets available to camp/school groups of 10 or more, and are accompanied by activity fun guide.  Group tickets call 914-830-3000 or email ashevillecreativearts@gmail.com. Tickets required for all audience members (no babes-in-arms policy), if questions call 914-830-3000. more info at www.ashevillecreativearts.org

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