You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens Sept. 28

by By Josie Fox herald@mediactr.com

Good grief….time sure does fly when you are having fun! And fun is just what the Cherokee Civic Theatre is promising patrons with their 46th season opening production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (revised).

The first performance of the 1967 musical comedy, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip “Peanuts”, directed by Jessica House, with assistance from Amy McCalister and produced by Sheilah O’Heaney will be on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Additional performances of the show will be on Sept. 29 and 30, as well as on Oct. 6 and 7. Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday performances beginning at 2 p.m.

Making up the fun filled cast is Atticus Belota as the lovable but worrisome Charlie Brown; Brittany Lankford as the sassy Lucy Van Pelt; Nicholas McCalister as the blanket toting Linus Van Pelt; Jacob Comeaux as the ivory tickling Schroeder; Audrey Steele as the love struck Sally Brown; and Emily Marquez as Charlie Brown’s famous companion, Snoopy.

Additional cast and chorus members include Abigail McCalister who is taking on a double role as Peppermint Patty and Blanket; Charistina Hendricks as Marcie; Meg Kovacs as the Little Red Haired Girl; Emily McCalister as Violet; Sage Breen as Pig-Pen; and Mya Gunter-Bowden, Autumn Canty, Alice Canty and Hailey Gray portraying Woodstock.

“As my assistant directorial debuet, I could not ask for a better mentor than Jessica House or an easier, fun cast to work with,” said assistant director Amy McCalister.

“I was determined to get Amy McCalister to direct a show,” laughed director Jessica House.

“Charlie Brown was the first Broadway cast album I bought and has always been my favorite,” said producer Sheilah O’Heaney.

“This revised version is even more fun-with new shows they added Sally Brown who brings a lot of smiles and laughs to the show. The cast has both new and familiar faces, all which bring a lot of life and energy to the Peanuts gang. I have really enjoyed watching Jessica House’s vision making the comic strip come to life, but still retaining the child like humor.”

Advance tickets are just $10 for students and $13 for adults and can be purchased online at www.cherokeetheatre.com or by telephone reservation by calling (903) 683-2131. Tickets purchased at the box office will $15.

Memberships are also currently available and offer many benefits such as discounted ticket pricing, reserved seating and much more.