Mark Alan Gordon, director of Charlotte's Web, which opens at the Cleveland Play House today, wants kids to use their imaginations.
He doesn't want them to simply enjoy the production being staged by Case Western Reserve University grad students; he wants them to be inspired by it. "I want to expose kids to the magic," he says. "I want them to go home to the things in their house and recreate the story."
The barnyard-set tale about Wilbur, the lonely pig, and his relationship with Charlotte, an enigmatic spider has been around since 1952. Its message, says Gordon, is still relevant. "There is nothing in the book that explains why Charlotte does these random acts of kindness," he says. "It's a great thing to tell kids. It's a reminder that we're not put on this planet for just ourselves. We're here to take care of each other."
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