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Shows will be Sept. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.
Childhood joys and frustrations and lifelong friendships come to life as the Culver-Stockton College Division of Fine Arts presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Sept. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Little Theatre, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee Sept. 22. This hit musical was a huge success on Broadway in 1967, capturing the winsome and sassy nature of Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip and providing a fable of optimism for the current time. In 1999, a revised revival played for another long run, keeping that same optimism but adding some modern twists and tunes.
This later version, directed by S. Kent Miller with musical direction by Drs. Carol Mathieson and Aren Van Houzen, opens the C-SC theatre season. The clumsy and self-doubting Charlie, played by Jason Epley, junior theatre major from Quincy, Ill., interacts with the redoubtable Lucy (sophomore musical theatre major Kristen Houston from Quincy, Ill.) and her precocious brother Linus (sophomore theatre major Alex Cole from Union, Mo.) as well as the musical genius Schroeder (junior theatre major Ian Sodawasser from Davenport, Iowa) and his own bratty little sister Sally (junior musical theatre major Kathryn Hodge from Imperial, Mo.). Rounding out the cast from the Peanuts gang are Alexandria Paden, sophomore music major from Aurora, Ill., as Peppermint Patty, Desiree Rice-Leuch, freshman communications major from Coon Rapid, Iowa, as Violet, William Cooper, senior arts management major from Sikeston, Mo., as Pigpen, and William Jackson, sophomore music major from New London, Mo., as Franklin. Allison Barratt, sophomore arts management major from Spring Grove, Ill., plays Charlie’s feisty, fun-loving dog Snoopy.
For ticket information and reservations, call the C-SC Fine Arts Office at 573-288-6346. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is presented as part of Culver-Stockton College Family Weekend activities and is part of the college’s Academic and Cultural Affairs program. The musical is suitable for audiences of all ages.