Sierra Stages to bring iconic cartoon to life in September
Sierra Stages will present the classic Off-Broadway musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, for four weekends from Sept. 18 through Oct. 12 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a delightfully infectious musical that has charmed audiences for close to 50 years. From the trials of first loves and little league championships to battles with book reports and kite-eating trees, audiences are invited to spend a day in the life of the inept but ever-hopeful Charlie Brown as he searches for what it means to be a good person, finding unexpected answers from his friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Patty and Snoopy, according to Sierra Stages.
The nonprofit theater company’s production is directed and musical directed by Ken Getz, with dance direction by George Jayne. The cast includes Isaias Acosta (Charlie Brown), Lindsay Dunckel (Patty), Tracie Nickle (Snoopy), Robert Rossman (Linus), Kim Wellman (Lucy) and Toon Vandevorst (Schroeder).
“This is one of my very favorite small musicals,” said Getz. “It is funny, touching, and incredibly sincere, with deceptively simple songs. The show speaks to those of us who grew up with the “Peanuts” characters in comic strips and television specials during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as well as those who were born more recently and may have only a passing acquaintance with the “Peanuts” gang from the perennial A Charlie Brown Christmas or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Performances of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” are at 7L30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. (Note there is no performance Sept. 21.) The first two performances Sep. 18 and 19) are low priced “previews” with $15 General Admission tickets. For all other performances, General Admission is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under). For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating is available in advance for $35. For students under 25 with a valid student ID, student rush tickets are offered a half hour before each performance, based upon availability, for $15 (one ticket per student ID).
General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at http://www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210. Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.
This fall, Sierra Stages continues its informal Wednesday night play reading series – Theater by the Book – co-presented with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with Pursuit of Truth written and directed by Jeffrey Mason Sept. 24, “Becky’s New Car” by Steven Dietz and directed by Jac Royce, Oct.r 22 and “Fuddy Meers” by David Lindsay Abaire and directed by Danny McCammon, Nov. 19. All three readings take place at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the readings begin at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $10, with advance tickets available from the Miners Foundry at http://www.minersfoundry.org and at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley.
For more information about “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Theater by the Book, and Sierra Stages, visit http://www.SierraStages.org
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