CNY Arts Center announces next production for Kids

CNY Arts Center and Kids Onstage have chosen Charlotte’s Web for the next all youth production.

The popular classic will be presented August 16 – 18 with the lovable characters of E.B.White’s tale of friendship and sacrifice.

All children ages 5 to 18 are invited to participate in the production with general sign-up on June 15 from noon to 2 p.m.

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Children should be prepared to tell a favorite story or joke.

Registration will take place at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. (Methodist Church) in Fulton.

Please use the Park Street entrance to the center.

Every child who registers will be cast in the play and roles will be assigned according to the response.

There is no charge to participate but a commitment to the rehearsal schedule is expected with mandatory rehearsals in the final two weeks prior to opening.

Parents are encouraged to share in the process with their children and will help with costumes and other aspects of the production.

The production will be directed by Rebecca Fox, local SUNY alum returning from California for a brief stay.

“I am personally delighted to have her share her expertise and fresh outlook with the children as we grow this very important program at CNY Arts Center,” said executive director Nancy Fox. “Statistics prove without question activities like these are crucial in the development of a child to learn team building, critical thinking, problem solving and developing creativity – skills which translate to better employability in their future. CNY Arts Center is committed to providing these opportunities to all children in the region.”

Charlotte’s Web replaces the production of Pollyanna announced earlier for the same time slot in August.

“Pollyanna is a large production calling for a lot of male roles,” Fox continued. “We reconsidered the likelihood of casting all those roles and decided an all youth production of the classic Charlotte’s Web would have more appeal. We look forward to bringing Pollyanna to stage next season when we have had time to develop more adult actors.”

Children are encouraged to make every effort to attend June 15 to meet the director and receive important information.

For those who are still interested but cannot attend June 15, registration forms are available online at on the “Just for Kids” Page or for more information call 592-3373.