Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” gang will leap off the funny pages and onto the Fort Findlay Playhouse stage for three blocks (but not “blockheads”) of musical performances.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will run July 26 to 29, Aug. 2 to 5 and Aug. 9 to 12. Sunday shows begin at 5 p.m., with all other shows starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday for $15, with a $1.50 service charge per ticket with credit cards.
They can be reserved in person from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St., over the phone at 567-525-3636 during box office hours or online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org
Presented through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, the show features music and lyrics by Clark Gesner with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and extra dialogue by Michael Mayer.
The story follows bossy Lucy (Samantha Henry), hopelessly in love with piano prodigy, Schroeder (David Marquart), who doesn’t give her the time of day. Perfectionist Sally (Ashley Carey) is still mocking blanket-toting Linus (Rob Stauffer). Snoopy (Seth Carey) is continuing his adventures as the Red Baron; and the “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown (Patrick Davis), pines for “the little red-headed girl” without getting a single Valentine from his classmates.
Key members of the gang get a song or two in the spotlight: Charlie Brown sings about battling his friendly enemy, “The Kite”; Lucy dispenses some psychiatric help when “The Doctor is In”; Snoopy dishes about “Suppertime”; thoughtful Linus sings about “My Blanket and Me”; Schroeder delivers his own version of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”; and the entire company performs “Happiness” and also lets the star of the show know “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Aeryn Williams directs the show along with the music, Caroline Guy choreographs and Jordan Gottschalk produces. Orchestra members include Tina Matteson on piano, Mara Wallace on bass, Brian Fortin on percussion, Tom Carey on violin, and Desra Dabney on reeds.
For more information, visit Fort Findlay’s website or click on “Our Shows” at www.tamswitmark.com