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Good Grief! - Charlie Brown Comes to Life As Local Teens join the “Peanuts” Gang in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

RUSSELL SPRINGS —Bring the whole family to this lighthearted musical, based on cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s legendary Peanuts comic strip! Featuring local teens, the Russell County Arts Council presents You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7PM CST and Sunday matinees at 2PM CST. Tickets are $8 per seat and may be purchased at either Grider Drug #1 on Main St. in downtown Russell Springs.

 

Featuring the hopes, dreams, and wild optimism of Charlie Brown (Brandon Roush), Snoopy (Zach Grider), Lucy (Whitley Cottrell), Linus (Zach Sales), and the whole lively gang, including Schroeder (Tyler Flatt) and Sally (Cheyenne Popplewell), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Broadway Musical  is bright, fun, and full of laughs—the perfect choice for family summertime fun! This updated version of the show is the Tony Award-winning 1999 Broadway revival and features brand new songs that will thrill children and adults alike. One of the most popular musicals in history, a major Broadway revival of “Charlie Brown” was undertaken in 1999 by composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa and director Michael Mayer. With the blessing of comic strip creator Charles Schulz himself, seventeen original scenes were deleted and 21 new ones were added; seven of the original 14 songs were revised and two new ones were added. The result is a brand new experience for a whole new generation of theater goers.

 

Audiences will laugh along as the show captures the poignant moments in the lives of the Peanuts gang. Valentine's Day, the trials of baseball season, Lucy as psychiatrist, Schroeder on piano, Snoopy and his adventures – they’re all here in a single vivid day that veers from wild optimism to utter despair, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown follows the Peanuts gang through life’s trials and tribulations, as experienced within the most widely-read comic strip of all time. These colorful and distinct characters are not mere cartoons; they explore deep, universal struggles with humor and heart. Who hasn’t grappled with insecurity when trying to work up the courage to approach a crush, like Charlie Brown with his little redheaded girl? Or found it difficult to give up the comfort of a safety net, like Linus with his beloved security blanket? Even the boldest of us wrestle with inner demons, as Lucy does when she can’t bulldoze her way into sensitive Schroeder’s heart, no matter how she tries!

Played by an exceptional group of talented local teens, every actor is a unique member of the Peanuts gang, each performing in their own memorable role. Each actor brings a certain ambience to the role due in part to their extensive acting histories. Brandon Roush is lead singer for the local band No Tale Lights and has starred in many productions including High School Musical and Footloose. Zach Grider began dancing at eighteen months and has gone on to star in productions like The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, The Velveteen Rabbit and Footloose. Zach Sales had been in several Star plays that include The Music Man and the leads in Pinocchio and Peter Pan. Whitley Cottrell is no stranger to the Star stage either; she has been in numerous plays that have included The Walton’s and The Crucible. She is also an active member of the Lake Cumberland Children’s Theater in Somerset. Cheyenne Popplewell has appeared for years in Star productions such as Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and the Velveteen Rabbit and had even sung at Renfro Valley. One of the newest members of the Star Theater family is Tyler Flatt who has appeared in several plays including High School Musical, It’s a Wonderful Life and Corn County.

 

The show is directed by Kelvin Bailey and Barb Harford with choreography by Marti Salle. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will play at the historic Star Theater in downtown Russell Springs, KY June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7PM CST and Sunday matinees at 2PM CST. Tickets are $8 per seat. For more information please call 270-866-7827. This summer much of the Star’s website will be down for updates, so for the latest new, photos and so much more visit the Star’s blog at actingedition.blogspot.com.

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