By Mark Ambrogi
Carmel High School sophomore Sophia Hughes was thrilled when she heard the school’s play was going to be “Charlotte’s Web.”
“This is one of my favorite childhood stories,” Hughes said.
Hughes got the role she desired of Charlotte, the spider, in the school’s production Feb. 9 through 11. There are three nightly performances at 7 p.m. and an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 11.
“I like that she that is very motherly and nurturing to someone that is not her child,” Hughes said of the spider. “She knows how the world works and she knows how to explain it to people in a way they understand.”
As the spider, Hughes is hoisted in the air several feet off the ground.
“With the flying I’m doing, it makes it a little bit difficult depending on what I’m doing,” Hughes said. “It’s kind of hard to come up as a spider when I’m standing up. It’s weird to have human arms but be presented with eight legs.”
This is Hughes’ third production with CHS, appearing in “The Sting” in November and “Romeo and Juliet” as a freshman. Hughes has previously performed with Footlite Musicals.
Junior Emily Worrell plays Wilbur, a pig that Charlotte advises.
“It’s really interesting playing a different animal because that is not something you get to do every day,” Worrell said. “It’s a sweet, innocent character, which is really fun to bring to life with a more child-friendly audience.”
Worrell said she didn’t have a specific role she wanted when she auditioned.
“I just went in and was hoping for the best,” Worrell said. “When I got called back, they had me read for Wilbur a couple of time and I really liked the readings. This was one of my favorite books around third grade. I loved this book and watched the movie a couple of times.”
Jim Peterson, the director, said the school last performed the play in the mid-1990s.
“We have an ensemble cast where they will play different parts, where they play animals and humans and go back to playing animals again,” Peterson said. “So it’s a big challenge for the makeup crew.”
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