Capital High School's fall theatrical production could be described as "Avenue Q" meets "Charlotte's Web."
And as cheesy as it sounds, director and theater arts teacher Kris Corbett said the idea came to him this past summer in a dream.
The theater department's fall show is always a straight play, and Corbett's team likes to select something geared to children.
"It challenges my students to create a fantasy on stage," he said. "The material they relate to as high school students doesn't challenge them as much as a fairy tale does."
"Charlotte's Web" the play is based on the classic E.B. White novel of the same title about the friendship between a pig and a barn spider.
Corbett decided to produce it in the same style as the popular Broadway musical "Avenue Q," only without music. "Avenue Q" employs puppets that are animated by unconcealed actors who work beside human actors.
Capital's "Charlotte's Web" is designed the same way, with 11 puppets custom-made by a North Carolina company.
"They were expensive," Corbett said. "And they are beautiful."
Corbett figures he can find other uses for the puppets, either with educational programs in elementary schools or for future shows.
"The kids have never done any puppetry work," he said, and it is a big acting challenge.
"You have this constant focal point. Your puppet has to be in front of your body.