Fort Wayne Youtheatre Kicks Off Busy Fall Season With ‘Charlotte’s Web’


FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – Young actors are about to take the stage for the opening act for the 2021-22 season of the Fort Wayne Youtheatre.

Over the past five weeks, 18 actors and seven crew members have been working on a rendition of Charlotte’s Web, based on the beloved children’s novel with a young pig named Wilbur and Charlotte, a spider.

This weekend’s performance at Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab means a little more to Executive Art Director Todd Espeland and the rest of the cast, not just because it’s the start of a new season. The Youtheatre was able to put on a few shows at the Embassy Theater in the spring. However, this is the first time the casting has performed in the ArtsLab theater, their usual venue, since February 2020.

“COVID challenged us in a way we thought we would never be challenged, and it’s really great to be back here,” Espeland said.

Returning to the ArtsLab also allows children to learn and appreciate the arts of theater. Espeland adds that they can learn many skills by participating in the performing arts at a young age.

“There’s all of these soft skills we’re talking about – empathy, problem solving, learning to work with groups – there’s so much going on here with theater,” Espaland said.

Guests can purchase tickets to one of Charlotte’s Web’s many performances throughout the weekend, including a sensory edition on October 10. To find tickets for this weekend’s screenings, click here.

After this weekend, auditions begin for the next Youtheatre production. On October 11, children can audition for Elf the musical Jr., which will open to the public in December.

The Youtheatre has also announced that it will show Make “little women” and A Midsummer Night’s dream early 2022 to complete the 2021-22 season. Auditions for each production will take place in January and March respectively.

To learn more about other ways to support Youtheatre’s mission to connect with children through the performing arts, click here.

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