Project Sparx, the Educational Program for the Firehouse Center for the Arts

The Firehouse Center for the Arts (Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax id number is 04-2649373.

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Firehouse Center for the Arts

1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950

Firehouse Rehearsal Space

18 Graf Road
Newburyport, MA 01950


Grades 8 - 12

October 12th & 13th @ 11am

Purchase your Tickets for Charlotte's Web

September - October 2019

Rehearsals: Tue & Thu, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Sat 9:30am - 12:30pm

Instructors: Adele Jones & Molly Karlin

Registration Fee:


Teen Ensemble Production


All the enchanting characters are here in this non-musical tale: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. 

Cast members in our Teen Ensemble production of Charlotte's Web will have the opportunity to perform as part of our Firehouse School Show Series

What Is Teen Ensemble Outreach?

For many years, the Firehouse has put on four productions per year as a School Show Series, for students in the Greater Newburyport Area school systems to attend as part of their curriculum. This will be the first of our Project Sparx Outreach Productions, where the Teen Ensemble will be performing one of those shows for local students. In addition to public performances, we will have two Wednesday morning school performances. Documentation will be provided to send to your school to assist in being released for that day. This is an excellent opportunity for our Sparx teens to be a positive influence on elementary and middle school age children and provide inspiration to the next generation of artists. 

Audition Information

Video Auditions:
For this production, we will only be accepting video submissions.

  • Create a video of your monologue (see "Audition Requirements"), and label it accordingly

  • Send us a shared link (Google, Dropbox, etc) to your video(s) - please don't send video files directly.

  • Email link(s) to

  • Students must be registered PRIOR to the video audition deadline (Aug. 31st)


Registration is now closed - email us if you'd like to still get involved!

Audition Requirements


  1. You may either: Prepare a monologue of your choosing, OR choose from one of the 5 monologues in the Monologue PDF document (link is below).

  2. Monologue should be memorized.

For questions regarding the auditions or the overall process, email Adele at

Rehearsal Information: 

What to Bring to Rehearsals:

  • Script (to be handed out at the first rehearsal)

  • Pencil

  • Water bottle

  • Snack (we will take a snack break every rehearsal)

  • Comfortable clothes to move in

  • Footwear with closed-toes & secure heels


Rehearsal Location:

Most rehearsals will take place in our Rehearsal Space on 18 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA 01950


  • You’ll enter the building through the first double glass doors on left - we’ll be there to guide you on the first day!

  • You may park anywhere on the right side of the building. 

  • You may arrive to rehearsals up to 15 minutes early - we will be starting on time for each rehearsal, so please do whatever you need in order to be prompt :)

Rehearsal Calendar: