Nashville Children’s Theatre Plays Home to ‘Charlie Brown’ Musical

NCT-CharlieBrownNashville Children’s Theatre will perform You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 23.

Based on the immensely popular and beloved comic strip by Charles Schulz, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown unites audiences with the most well-known gang of kids in the world. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroder and irresistible Snoopy present their familiar scenarios and foibles for local families.

NCT is eager to produce this revival version of the script, which appeared on Broadway in 1999. Compared to the 1971 original, this revival adds Sally into the action, and provides two new songs to the well know musical collection – “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy.”

Comprised of some of the strongest musical theatre performers in town, the cast is lead by Shawn Knight as the long-suffering Charlie Brown, with sister Sally played by Martha Wilkinson. Although new to NCT audiences, Wilkinson is known as a powerhouse on stages across Middle Tennessee. Bobby Wyckoff and Rona Carter play the other Peanuts brother and sister pair, faithful Linus and strong-willed Lucy. Frequent leading man, Patrick Waller, plays Beethoven-loving Schroeder, who must endure the constant unwanted affections of Lucy. This leaves the role of Snoopy to the Nashville actor who can do the iconic part justice – Jeff Boyet.

NCT producing director Scot Copeland will wrangle this outstanding team of actors, with music direction by Russell Davis. Set design is by NCT technical director Michael Redman, lighting design by Scott Leathers, costume design by Patricia Taber and sound design by Dan Brewer. Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz; book, music and lyrics are by Clark Gesner. Additional dialogue is by Michael Mayer with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Original direction for this version of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was by Michael Mayer, and the show was originally produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson.

This production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is sponsored by Bass Berry Sims, Delek US, and Genesco.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown has one preview performance on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 pm. Tickets for this preview are specially priced at $6/child and $12/adult. Saturday and Sunday performances are scheduled throughout the production’s run at 2 pm, with the exception of Saturday, Nov. 17th, which is Grand Day (see below). There is no performance Sunday, Nov. 4.

Saturday, Nov. 10 is NCT’s free After-words event, when the audience can stay after the performance to learn some production secrets behind the play during a Q and A with some of the cast and crew.

Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 am is NCT’s Sensory Friendly performance. NCT welcomes all kids and families to our performances, but we know that some families hesitate to bring their children to live theatre without knowing how they might react. The sensory friendly performance is designed to be a safe and accepting environment where children with disabilities and their typically developing peers are free to speak and move in reaction to the story being told onstage. Saturday, Dec. 1 is an Open-Captioned performance for patrons with hearing loss.

All performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown are open to the public, and reservations are recommended. Individual ticket prices are $12 per child (ages 2 to 17) and senior (age 65 and up), and $19 per adult. Season subscriptions and group discounts are also available.

TICKETS are available online at nashvillechildrenstheatre.org, by phone at 252-4675, or in person Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

SPECIAL CHARLIE BROWN EVENTS

BIG KID NIGHT on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012

This event is for the 21 and up crowd only. NCT will begin serving Yazoo Brew at 5:30 p.m. and the performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission ($25)  includes drinks, snacks and the show.

Sponsors:  Jive! A Digital Print Factory, NowPlayingNashville.com and Yazoo Brewing Company.

14TH ANNUAL GRAND DAY on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012

Grand Day is one of the best days at NCT! It includes an 11 am performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and immediately after the show families can enjoy a carnival with food, rides, games, and activities with the cast.

Grand Day Honorees: The Honorable and Mrs. Douglas Henry

At Grand Day, Nashville Children’s Theatre will recognize the Honorable and Mrs. Douglas Henry. Senator Henry has been in service to the state of Tennessee since he was first elected in 1970. A recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement award from Nashville Kiwanis, the Senator has also been an advocate for public education, dedicated himself to preserving our history, and facilitated valuable policy discussion on the importance of the arts as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly Arts Caucus. Henry has said, “Tennessee is fortunate to have an Arts Commission that champions those who enrich our lives with their creativity.” We are elated to honor this family who recognizes the economic and cultural impact the arts have on our community. Senator Henry and his wife, Lolly, are parents of six children and 13 grandchildren of whom they are very proud.

Grand Day All-Access Pass: $40 per person (not available the day of the event)

Grand Day Show tickets: Child or Senior $12, Adult $19

Grand Day Carnival tickets: $1 each or $30 full carnival access (bought on site the day of the event)

For more information visit www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org or call (615) 254-9103.

*Photo of (L to R) Shawn Knight as Charlie Brown and Jeff Boyet as Snoopy by Colin Peterson courtesy Nashville Children’s Theatre.

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