Cedar Summerstock’s second offering of the season, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” opens Friday, July 5 in the Krapek Family Fine Arts Center at the Cedar River Complex in Osage.
The musical comedy runs through July 14. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The show, which first opened off-Broadway in 1967, is based on the comic strip favorite “Peanuts” by cartoonist Charles Schulz. C. Ryan Shipley, a Minneapolis-based choreographer, director and educator, will direct the show.
"We programed ‘You're A Good Man Charlie Brown’ around the Fourth of July because Charles Schulz's iconic ‘Peanuts’ cartoon series is an American treasure,” said Artistic Director Nancy Lee. “The show celebrates the wisdom and beauty of youth as well as the struggles that we all have experienced."
The musical, written by Clark Gesner, brings the full team off the page and on to the stage: Charlie Brown (Cale Rausch), Lucy (Elise Shangold), Snoopy (Noah Blessing), Schroeder (Sage Spiker), Linus (JR Pruski), Sally (Meghan Hutchins), Little Red-Haired Girl (Maggi Steele), Pig-Pen (Brendan O’Leary) and Woodstock (Sterling Isler).
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The show will also feature a “mini Woodstock.” Nora Balsley, an Osage first-grader who made her first appearance with the troupe as the youngest orphan, Molly, in last year’s Cedar Summerstock production of “Annie,” is excited about the upcoming production. She is the daughter of Jessica and Derek Balsley.
“It was really fun last year so I wanted to do it again,” said Nora, 7, adding she enjoys performing – and may come by it naturally.
“Both my mom and dad were both in ‘Oklahoma!’ when they were in high school,” she said with a grin, adding she enjoyed watching the Cedar Summerstock’s production. She will also be a part of the children’s choir performing in the troupe’s last show of the season, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Cedar Summerstock is a summer theater program whose talented members are college theater majors who come to Mitchell County from across the nation to experience the often-hectic, demanding – but always rewarding -- summer stock experience. Its first show of the season, “Oklahoma!” closed on Sunday.
For information about Cedar Summerstock and tickets, go to: www.cedarsummerstock.org