Monday, 20 May 2024

'Charlie Brown' staged this weekend

The cast of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Photo courtesy of Christian Yeagan.


LAKEPORT – Charlie Brown has been with us always, it seems. We have all grown up with him and loved him in the comics. But the Clear Lake High School version of Charles Schulz' wonderful play about Charlie will only exist for one weekend. Aargh!

That's right. This Thursday, March 27; Friday, March 28; and Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Marge Alakszay Center on the Lakeport campus ... these are the only chances we will have to listen and laugh to the sweet truths of life as only Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Patty, the little red-headed girl and, of course, Snoopy, can present them.

This particular group of 5-year-olds is played by some very talented high school students under the creative direction of Pam Bradley, Clear Lake High's small but mighty drama coach.

"I have always wanted to do this show," she confesses. "It takes a combination of maturity and ability in the performers, and these kids have it. I knew it would be great ... and it is!"

"The thing I like best about this show is that everybody has a great attitude," says Danielle Howard (who plays Schroeder).

Great attitude? This is true. The cast has been there for each other, bringing props from home (How many baseball mitts do you need?) and showing up on Saturdays to paint the set ... and paint ... and paint.

Put these kids together with an equally talented band under the direction of Jenny Ingram and a set that even Charles Schulz would be proud of ... (Keep your eye on the dog house!) ... and you have an evening's > entertainment that will leave you smiling for weeks. To quote Snoopy, "Woof!"

Tickets are on sale at the Clear Lake High School front office, both reserved and general seating (262-3010), and at the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce, 875 Lakeport Blvd., general seating only (263-5092).

Reserved tickets are $10, general admission is $7 and admission for students and seniors is $5. For more information (or to speak privately with Snoopy), feel free to call 279-2595. Woof!



The play with share the Peanuts gang's unique view of life. Photo courtesy of Christian Yeagan.



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