McMurry’s story of spider and pig is timeless tale of friendship

This is not Shakespeare.

It’s not Rodgers and Hammerstein, though there is some ham involved.

Certainly not Tennessee Williams.

McMurry presents “Charlotte’s Web” twice this weekend, both shows at 11 am at Ryan Fine Arts Center on campus. The hour-long show, based on the 1952 story by EB White, debuted Tuesday as the launch show for this summer’s Young Audiences program at the main branch of the Abilene Public Library.

It’s the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte.

The book is illustrated by Garth Williams, who was posthumously honored by the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival as a featured artist.

The children’s show expands the theater education for two McMurry students, Victoria Picon and Joe Caton, a sophomore.

Both agree this has been an enjoyable experience.

“We’re not trying to spoon feed kids Shakespeare,” Caton said. “We’re giving them a heartfelt story about friendship. Wilbur gets in a tough situation and Charlotte says, ‘I’m your friend de ella. I’ll help you out.'”

Picon compares Charlotte to a mother figure for Wilbur. Caton agreed.

“She is very motherly toward Wilbur,” he said.

They said theater head Neena McLain plans to take students to the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden to see the sculptures of Wilbur and Charlotte.

Victoria Picon was Snoopy in the October 2019 McMurry production of

Picon, a senior, has been in a number of McMurry shows and is no stranger to iconic roles. She was Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She has been in “The Miracle Worker,” “Carousel” and “Godspell.”

“I’ve had my big parts and my small parts,” she said.

She is a theater and writing/English major who hopes to write and publish plays.

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