Grosse Pointe Theatre Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
Grosse Pointe Theatre offers a warm and funny musical based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens Sunday, January 17th with a 2:00 p.m. matinee at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Fries Auditorium, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. The show continues January 21-23 at 8:00 p.m., January 24 at 2:00 p.m. and January 27-30 at 8:00 p.m.
Audiences will enjoy the adult wit and wisdom of the inimitable Charles Schultz as revealed by Charlie Brown and his gang. The lovable characters sing and dance their way through a series of vignettes that are both funny and thought-provoking. This is musical comedy for audiences of all ages.
The show's touching and humorous scenes take place in the whimsical world of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from cheerfulness to misery. The action is strung together on a single day, intertwining the antics of the Peanuts gang. After Charlie Brown is swept up by his friends in a rousing tribute of doubtful praise, he is left dreaming of his true love, the "little redheaded girl." Meanwhile, Lucy bulldozes her way through to Schroeder's sensitive, six-year-old musician's heart. We also meet Linus, who is thoughtful about many things but passionate about his blanket; the sweet and innocent Patty; and Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy, who often dreams of being something else.
The book, music and lyrics for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown were written by Clark Gesner. The show was originally produced in New York on March 7, 1967 by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson, and originally directed in New York by Joseph Hardy.
Grosse Pointe Theatre is offering a family deal of four tickets for $70, a discount of $18. Also, the theatre has named the Wednesday and Thursday night performances "Charlie Brown Nights," when anyone named Charlie or Brown can buy two tickets for the price of one. Call 313-881-4004 for these special offers.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is directed by Jerry Haines of Berkely. he cast of includes Kevin Fitzhenry of Warren as Charlie Brown, Lauren Wilson of Oak Park as Lucy Van Pelt, Emma Kruse of Grosse Pointe as Sally Brown, Eric Henrickson of Ferndale as Linus Van Pelt, Scott Davis of Birmingham as Schroeder, Brian Welch of Monroe as Snoopy, Stephanie Rinderknecht of Grosse Pointe Woods as the Little Red-Haired Girl, Allison McClelland of Grosse Pointe Park as Woodstock and Deanna Saputo of Clinton Township as Peppermint Patty. John Casey of Grosse Pointe Woods is the show's producer.
Three shows complete the Grosse Pointe Theatre Season.
On February 19th, Grosse Pointe Theatre opens the new Purdon Studio Theatre at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Activities Center, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. The Studio Theatre debuts with the Tony Award-winning play, Art by Yazmina Reza. Performances will be February 19-21 and 26-28. Call GPT's box office 313-881-4004 for details.
In March, GPT presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, a wild and zany comedy which runs March 7, 11-14, and 17-20, 2010.
The grand finale of the season is the ultimate 50s rock'n'roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and WarRen Casey, which runs May 9, 13-16, and19-23, 2010.
Theatre goers can enhance their outings by taking advantage of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial's theatre buffets held in the Fries Crystal Ballroom overlooking beautiful Lake St. Clair. Tickets for the buffets are sold by the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Call 313-881-7511.
Grosse Pointe Theatre, founded in 1947, has a tradition of great entertainment and high production values. Membership in Grosse Pointe Theatre is open to all persons, age 18 and above, who have an interest in theatre. Call 313-881-4004 or see the web site at www.gpt.org for more information.
Tickets are $22.00. Group rates are available. Call 313-881-4004 or go to www.gpt.org for tickets. Students may purchase discounted tickets at Fries Auditorium one half hour before show times.