‘Charlie Brown’ returns to Timber Lake stage Aug. 7-11

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MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse is presenting the classic musical for kids of all ages, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

The show, staged by TLP Artistic Director James Beaudry, enjoyed a successful week-long run earlier in the summer and returns at 11 a.m., Aug. 7-11. All tickets are $6, and the show runs about an hour.

Charles Schultz’s beloved Peanuts characters were a mainstay of American comics and television for half a century, and they continue to entertain us in reruns today.

Featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally and Schroeder, the stage production is full of the joyous wonder, good humor and naive wisdom of these characters that resonate with both children and adults.

The musical, based on the original comic strips, was written by Clark Gesner and began its life as a record album in 1966. A year later, the stage adaptation opened in New York City, where it ran for more than four years.

The cast includes six performers from TLP’s resident acting company. Charlie Brown is played by Tim Wessel, who thrilled audiences as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls. Anne-Marie Trabolsi, praised for her comedic deadpan as Urleen in Footloose, is Sally Brown, Charlie’s sister. Henry McGinniss (Ren in Footloose) is Schroeder.

Zak Jacobs, known for his tremendous skills as a dancer, takes on Linus. Lucy is played by Hayley Gribble, who was unforgettable as Adelaide in Guys & Dolls. Joe Capstick, Nathan Detroit to Gribble’s Adelaide and currently starring as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, plays the lovable Snoopy and serves as choreographer for the production.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at (815) 244-2035 during regular business hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. They may also be purchased online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.

Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll, Ill., is the state’s longest-running professional summer theater.

Posted Aug. 8, 2012

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