Charlotte's Web returns to the stage

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Charlotte and Wilbur return to the stage in "Charlotte’s Web" at Tempe Center for the Arts this month.

Childsplay, a professional theater company for children and families, is putting on a new production of "Charlotte’s Web," a performance they put on seven years ago when they opened their 32nd season.

"It's a great timeless story," director Anthony Runfala said. "'Charlotte’s Web' is always a story that's timely and it's about friendship and salvation on a farm, which is how E.B. White himself described the story."

The performance has a new set design from Bill Symington and new costume designs from Adriana Diaz.

"We looked at photos of E.B. White's farm, as well as others in the northeast, as inspiration for the set," Runfala said. "I really wanted the scenery and lighting to reflect the Earth, the seasons, and the passage of time."

You can catch the performance through Oct. 12 at Tempe Center for the Arts, Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 on sale online at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office, 480-350-2822.