YC Theater Program is Performing “Charlotte’s Web”

Wesley Brewer

Our theater program is putting on the play “Charlotte’s Web” this week in the Yamhill campus cafeteria. The doors of the cafeteria open at 6:30pm, and the play starts at 7:00pm on November 16, 17, & 18.


Tickets can be bought online in advance at https://squareup.com/store/yamhill-carlton-intermediate-school, $8 for 18+ and $6 for anyone under 18, and you must show your email receipt at the door for proof of purchase. You can buy tickets at the door, but you are not guaranteed to get one, because they will be selling the leftover tickets not bought online. Seating is not assigned for the play.


Before the play and during an intermission, you may buy concessions and/or flowers at the concession stand and have them run backstage to an actor.


The play is being put on by YC students, grades 5th-12th, adult volunteers, and Stephanie Belt-Verhoef, the director.


One of the actors, Seth Pyne, says, “the Charlotte’s Web play that we are doing is based on the movie, which is based on the book.”

Belt-Verhoef also said, “Joseph Robinette made this play version of Charlotte’s Web, which he based on the book.”


The YC theater program is more than just the actors on stage, there is also the tech crew.

Ethan Cline is in charge of the tech crew and explained that their role in production is to “program the lightboard and soundboard, and set up the lights that will be used for the play.”

When asked why he does theater, the class and the productions, he said that, “I know I’m going to do tech later, but for me it’s a passion.”


In drama class, high school students usually spend the first half hour sharing class with the 6th-8th graders, who are just finishing up their drama class. After that time is up, the middle schoolers leave and the high schoolers start what they’re going to be doing for that day.


Usually, the theater class is then debriefed by the teacher, Belt-Verhoef,  on what she wants them to practice and announcements about theater and the class. Then the students practice on scenes that they are given by Belt-Verhoef. These could be any kind of scene from any play as long as it is school appropriate.


Instead of doing practice, when the students are ready, Belt-Verhoef has them perform and grades them on that. After practice is done, they do some fun activities and leave, unless they are involved in the current play, in which case they get ready for theater.