NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Young Northborough actors are really getting into their roles in an upcoming production of "Charlotte's Web." The musical adaptation of the E.B. White classic children's book is being staged by the Arts Alliance Children’s Theater Troupe.
"I can kind of relate to [Charlotte]," said Christina Dimare, who plays Charlotte, a spider who befriends Wilbur the pig and tries to save him from being butchered. "I think our personalities are similar." Christina will be a seventh grader at Melican Elementary School in the fall.
Bridget Wixted, who is also going into the seventh grade at Melican, will play Fern, the young girl who keeps Wilbur as a pet. She also finds similarities between herself and her character.
"She’s very dramatic at the beginning," Bridget said. "I used to be dramatic when I was little and didn’t get what I wanted."
The other Northborough student performers are: Adam Hamlang (Templeton the rat), Natalie Sunray (a fair-goer), Sean Neusch (Avery) and Rebecca Wixted (a bat).
As the 45 students in the Children’s Theater Troupe sang and danced their way through another number, director Marilee Alexander remarked that most of her middle schoolers's only experience is the summer theater program, and some had no experience.
Still, Alexander said, the students work 3½ hours a day, Monday through Friday, for four weeks to make the performance happen.
"We put it together very, very fast," she said. "We don’t know how we do it, but we do."
The Arts Alliance is a non-profit that "brings the full spectrum of the arts to the Hudson and Marlborough area," according to its website. The Children’s Theater Troupe is a regular summer program.
"It’s a great show, and they’re great kids," Alexander said as she watched her students finish a scene and sprint off in all directions, shouting and giggling. "I like making order out of chaos."
Shows are Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20, at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St., Hudson. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 10 and under.