As artistic venues and performance groups across the country search for ways to continue providing entertainment during the CDC’s current recommendations for social distancing and self-quarantine due to the ongoing national health crisis, the port city’s own Savannah Stage Company has found a way to continue their mission of providing theatre to those who need it most.


Coming into 2020 to present the first production of their eighth season, the classic children’s story “Charlotte’s Web,” the non-profit theatre group had planned to kick off this year with a 17-stop tour across the southeastern region, ending with their beloved annual Forsyth Park performance.





“Unfortunately we were only able to perform six shows locally,” said the group’s artistic director Jayme Tinti. “We got to perform at all our regular spots, and as upsetting and heartbreaking as it was to cancel the tour, I’m so thankful that our regular spots got to have the experience. We were also really looking forward to honoring our tradition of bringing professional accessible theater to Forsyth Park as we do most years, but we’ve had to cancel that as well because those performances usually bring hundreds of people.”


In place of that canceled final performance, the group will be performing their first-ever production available via live-stream. The production, set to broadcast live from The Historic Savannah Theatre will be available on both the Savannah Stage Company’s Facebook and Instagram profiles.


“I’m excited to stream the performance because it gives us the same opportunity we had on tour to bring our work, philosophy, and brand of story-telling to places around the region,” said Tinti. “Now we have this great opportunity to share those things even further because it’s like we’re going on a worldwide tour.”


When asked how the group settled on this production, Tinti replied, “This year is our season of imagination, and for us playing animals always brings out one hundred and ten percent of our imagination, so ’Charlotte’s Web’ was the perfect show for us to explore that, and in true Savannah Stage Company fashion, each actor is playing a number of roles and different parts.”


“We ask a lot of our audiences, and that includes using their imagination, they can’t be passive because we’re making them work to watch the play. Our performers can change from one character to another with just the change of their physicality, or voice, maybe a hat.”


“The girl who’s playing Wilbur the Pig, Gina, is someone that we’ve only been able to work with over the summers,” added Tinti. “So this is the first time she’s ever played a lead role anywhere, and it’s been a lot of amazing growth watching her learn to do our thing.”


When asked what she wants audiences to take away from the piece, said Tinti, “An act of bravery and selfless love can mean the world to someone else, it can truly save someone’s life.”


The groups live stream performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 6 p.m. available on both the Savannah Stage Company Facebook and Instagram.


“We’re also still paying our actors for the performance as well,” Tinti reminded, “so the live stream will have a link to our Venmo, Cash App, and Paypal accounts if folks do donate, everything they donate during that live-stream performance will go directly to the artists who brought ’Charlotte’s Web’ to life.”


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