Fri., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 25, 3 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 26, 3 p.m. 2014
Entertainment for children has really gone downhill — hello, Bratz dolls. Between Disney on Ice and cartoon characters parading around in absurd mascot uniforms, the options have gotten straight up grim. But fear not, every so often comes a beacon of hope amongst these high-pitched and fluorescent money-grubbing fads. Case in point: Charleston Stage’s production of E.B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web. Cast with emerging youth actors from the theater company and some seasoned veterans, including Charleston Stage resident actor Jesse Siak as Wilbur, this production of Charlotte’s Web will remind you of the story you grew up on — whether it was being read to you by grandma, rewatching and rewatching the cartoon version on VHS, or even Dakota Fanning’s 2006 live-action flick. We still remember the anxiety we felt over Wilbur’s fate and admiration for that little spitfire of an arachnid, Charlotte, who gave her everything to save “some pig.” But rest assured, the childhood staple won’t seem stale. Beth Curley, director of marketing over at Dock Street informs us, “Both Charlottes are trained ballerinas.” Dancing spiders, we’re into that.