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Charlotte's Web packs the house in newly named DeLapp Commons
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:35 PM


Charlotte's Web performed four shows last week. The production was successful, with a sold out crowd on Friday night and earning more than $1,500 to support additional theater at Barton, including the uppers musical.

The cast and orchestra ranged in grades from 1-8 totaling more than 45 kids. It is important to note that this was a true community project. Barton was fortunate to partner with Washburn High School. Tim Martin, the band/orchestra leader for the high school, supplied the music scores. He also recommended two freshmen (and Barton alums) to work with the pit.

The entire experience, including rehearsals and performances, was summed up beautifully by a parent, stating that the experience for his daughters and family was great, "actively keeping the priorities in the right place."

He went on to say, "I don't doubt for a minute that the kids are accomplishing and achieving...but they are also learning how to work together and how to explore. And it's fun. And the end of the day, for a kid, that is what is most important."

Lastly, it was a thrill to perform in the newly minted DeLapp Commons; proving again that "if you build it they will come."

Thank you Patrick, Cindy and Barton Community Education for continuing to support the arts and children. And thank you to director Karen Bair, who managed this large group of multi-age performers with grace and integrity, true to the heart and soul of open education.