February 11-27, 2022

Accordion Content

Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Based on the book by E.B. White
Directed by Steve Cisneros
The most enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.”

Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

The Details

Length: 65 minutes (There is NO Intermission)

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Age Recommendation: All patrons must have a ticket. No babes in arms/strollers.

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Meet the Cast

Paige Cummings is a recent graduate of the BFA Actingprogram at Baldwin Wallace University. Graduating and studying theatre during a pandemic has been interesting-and Paige is thrilled that Charlotte’s Web is her first live theatre show in 2 years!!! Thank you to this incredible cast and crew for theexperience and opportunity to bring this story to life. Previous theatrical credits include Henry V(The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival), Heather’s the Musical(Western Reserve Playhouse), She Kills Monsters (Baldwin Wallace), and Dracula(Baldwin Wallace). She’d like to thank her parents and brother for being sosupportive of her career and for helping her with her move out to LA. Love to her LA family; Karis, Avani, Alex, Lindsay, and Quin. As always: love to Amy, D, and Livy. Enjoy the show.

Lauren Laass is excited to be performing with Phantom Projects Theatre Group to put on this delightful show. In May 2021, she graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Some of her favorite theatre creditsinclude Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet van de Graaff), Spring Awakening (Wendla Bergmann), and Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, twice. While in college, she was a member of the university’s advanced Touch of Class Jazz Choir, traveling the Midwest every year for tours and local performances. In her free time, she produces and edits her own singing videos, and loves roller skating, cooking,reading, and playing sudoku. Lauren would like to thank the theatre for this wonderful opportunity. Enjoy the show!

Arasha Lalani is thrilled to be a part of Phantom Project’s roduction of Charlotte’s Web! (Fun fact: Arasha playedTempleton in her middle school’s production of Charlotte’s Web back in 2011!) Her past credits are largely on-screen in various shorts and feature films such as Speech Therapy, Monet, and Fatherhood. Upcoming credits include The Bench, The Silent Sound of Parenthood, and Raw Footage. Her most recent on-stage performance was last October, where she played Linda in Jonathan Rand’s Hard Candy for the Studio of Performing Arts LA. Arasha graduated from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she trained in the Performing Arts. She is endlessly grateful for her parents, her brother, and her loving friends for supporting her as she lives her dreams.

Shayna Sternin is an LA based actor and musician who is glad to be returning to Phantom Projects Theatre Group! After earning a BFA in Theatre Performance and minor in Music Technology from Chapman University last Spring, Shayna went on to work as a production assistant for the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.

Daniel Stonewall is new to LA having only been here a few months after graduating from Grand Canyon University in phoenix Arizona in 2021. Daniel is primarily an improv comedy performer but you might have seen him in a recent Adidas X March Madness X Eric Emanuel campaign.

Cedric Sutton has had a love of performing from a young age. If Cedric looks familiar, you might have seen him in the past few months in the Oxygen Network shows Real Murders of Atlanta and Buried in the Back Yard, or even in the most recent Rick and Morty themed Wendy’s commercial.
Cedric started young, performing in his first live play at the age of 10. He graduated from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Art Performance/Directing.

Since officially starting his career, Cedric has played a wide range of characters including: Lysander in Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a sensational crooner Conrad Birdie in the classic musical, Bye, Bye, Birdie, a cunning thief in the comedy play, Thieves Carnival; and the ultimate hero in the Superhero action short film, Fantasy. In one play, the director recognized Cedric’s ability to be a chameleon and had Cedric play 4 characters at once, some of whom included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Wayne, and Elvis Pressley. That same director had Cedric warm up the crowd with a 5-minute solo comedy improv skit at the start of every show, performing characters such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, and Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

Cedric now spends most of his time writing, performing in, and producing various projects; spending time with family and friends; and helping out with the various charities he supports. He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.

The Production Team

Joseph Robinette (Playwright) is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical. He is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the BBC in Britain, in all 50 states and in 21 foreign countries. Twelve of his works have been translated into foreign languages, and another five have been anthologized. Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte’s Web, and he wrote the musical version with Charles Strouse (Annie and Bye, Bye, Birdie). Other dramatizations include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Anne of Green Gables and Debbie Macomber’s A Gift to Last and The Inn at Rose Harbor. He is the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award for Sarah, Plain and Tall and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America medallion for his “body of dramatic works for family audiences in the United States and beyond.”

Steve Cisneros (Director) created Phantom Projects Theatre Group in 1997 at the age of 17, out of his parents’ 2-car garage. Overseeing the daily operations for the past 25 years, the troupe has been featured by and written about in Forbes, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Washington Post, LA Times, and in publications from nearly 40 states around the United States. With a background in the performing arts, Cisneros has worked for Nederlander, South Coast Repertory, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, La Mirada Theatre and many more. He’s directed over 50 productions and produced over 100. In 2017, for his work in using theatre as a teaching tool for at-risk youth, Cisneros was recognized with the Ambassador of Peace Award from the Orange County Violence Prevention Coalition. Other honorees included a Judge, and a police officer, proving the power of theatre and the impact on young minds.

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