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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 So:ond Street Players' 'Charlotte's '.b' is a family affair Holidays are family times and Second Street Players' production of "Charlotte's Web" gives several families plenty of time together as they prepare for the show that opens Friday, Dec. 4. Five families have parents, children, sib- lings, and even aunts and nieces sharing the stage while even more actors have family members working behind the scenes to bring the classic tale for children of all ages to the audience. The Twilleys are one of three parent-child teams in the show; father, Steve plays a farmhand and sons Brandon and Tyler share the role of Wilbur the pig at different stages of his life. Playing the pretty-nearly grown Wilbur, Dan Gaffney is joined by his son Dylan as the 6-year-old makes his stage debut as a spiderling. Jaime Bahder, who had a lead role in "Miracle on 34th Street" in 1997, gets to share her mother's stage debut this time as Belinda Bahder plays, appropriately enough, a mother. Twin brothers Robbie and Paul Rescigno, veterans of many Second Street Players' productions, are included in the cast of farm animals and members of the agricultural community. Rachel Silkworth is joined in this production by her aunt, Katie Chick. Silkworth was seen in "Ruthless" and "Sweeney Todd," and Chick has participat- ed in several Second Street young people's productions. Second Street Players present the E.B. White classic, "Charlotte's Web," Dec. 4, 5 and 6. The story of a winsome young pig and his best friend, a kindly and wise spi- der, the full-scale production is set for four performances with two shows on Saturday, Dec. 5. Directed by Becky Chambers, the play features a cast of adults in the major roles. The award-winning story tells the tale of Wilbur the runt of the piglets who wants to live to a ripe, round old age. He is nursed to health, happiness and some degree of huge- ness by the tenderhearted farmer's daughter and, with the help of the kindliest bug-gob- bling spider, he gains fame that ensures his longevity. As Wilbur's name is written up in lights, or at least, in gossamer web, he learns the meaning of a true friend who puts all of her life force into saving his pig skin. While Charlotte spins tirelessly for his benefit, other residents of the farm play out their roles as representatives of all walks and personality types of life on both sides of the barnyard. Even though the award-winning book is seen as primarily a children's story, many of the actors see meaning in the play that all ages can learn from. Bill Rable thinks that the story is very complex. 'It deals with the day-to-day issues of life and death on a number of levels," he said. "I wanted the experience of seeing how people of different ages treat those issues as they develop and portray their characters." Rable plays Templeton the rat who lives with his mind on hisown next meal. But his selfishness turns out to be a key to preserv- ing the lifeline of Charlotte's family tree, including the egg sac that holds 514 spider- lings. Many of the cast members of all ages de- scribe "Charlotte's Web" as one of their fa- vorite stories of all time. Many see the friendship the spider shares with her porky friend as an example of closeness and devo- tion that good friends of all ages share. High school student Shannon Montague said, "The play is definitely for all ages. Adults as well as children understand friendship and its benefits. I think everyone has had a friend like Charlotte, and every- one can appreciate this play." Jenna Marine, a sixth-grader, enjoys her role of Fern in the play. 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