It’s a play, Charlie Brown!
Centerstage’s Charlie Brown is opening this weekend, and will be showcasing the beloved comic strips in the form of play-snippets.
“There’s no deep-thinking needed,” Trista Duval, artistic director of Centerstage Theatre said. “[The play] just makes you happy.”
Duval said the play is literally the Peanuts comics, just in play format. The only thing that differentiates from the original comics is the music score.
“It’s for the broadest range of ages,” she said. “It’s super accessible to [everyone].”
Jeff Wallace, who is playing Shroeder in the play, said he’s excited to share Schulz’s work with the community.
“Whether you are familiar with Schulz comics or not, there is something for everyone,” he said.
Wallace has been acting since he was a kid, but this is his first production with Centerstage, and he said he’s glad he’s involved with this play.
“We have all thoroughly put so much heart, joy and attention into what our audiences will see on the stage,” Wallace said. “We have a line in the closing number that says, ‘Happiness is those who sing with you,’ and that couldn’t be more true with the ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ family.”
The play itself is going to be a fun one for the cast, crew and the audience, Wallace said.
“I think the audience will appreciate the opportunity to escape the real world for a second and to be reminded of the joys and simplicity of being a kid again.”
The play, which begins March 22 and goes through April 14, is appropriate for all ages. You can purchase tickets on Centerstage’s website at www.centerstagetheatre.com.