Charles Schultz’s beloved characters will come to life in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which opened Friday at the Manchester Art Center (MAC).
Clark Gesner’s classic musical is produced by the Millennium Repertory Company and is on the MAC stage, located in downtown Manchester.
Characters include bossy Lucy, who is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder although he doesn’t really pay attention to her; perfectionist Sally, still making fun of Linus; Snoopy in the doghouse; and Charlie Brown, “the blockhead,” as lovable as ever.
The show is directed by Karen Wainright, of Manchester.
“I have been teaching at Westwood Middle School in Manchester for the last 23 years,” Wainright said. “I have always loved live theater.”
Wainright fell in love with theater as a child while watching her mother perform on stage with the Community Playhouse in Tullahoma, she said.
“I grew up wanting to be both an actress/singer and a teacher,” Wainright said. “I get to do both. I was reintroduced to theater in 1995 when
the Parnassus Theater was opened in Manchester.”
Since then, Wainright has been involved with local performing arts.
Wainright has been involved with several plays at the MAC, including “Seussical: The Musical,” “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Nunsense,” which she also directed.
“I have also performed in shows in Tullahoma, Cannon County, and Murfreesboro,” she said.
Wainright was excited for the opportunity to direct “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” she said.
“It is a show that I have loved ever since I first saw it on stage,” Wainright said.
Preparation for the show began on Thanksgiving and, since then, actors have been rehearsing three times a week, said Wainright.
“Some things I love about this show are the characters (who doesn’t love Peanuts?) and the sweet little stories that are told throughout the show,” she said. “Audiences will be transported back to their childhoods as they remember feeling the same way our characters do.”
The cast consists of Jonathan Tucker (as Charlie Brown), Kaitlyn Burnett Rogers (as Sally Brown), Casey Carpenter (as Lucy van Pelt), Douglas Yurcik (as Linus van Pelt), Jonathon Duke (as Schroeder) and Jared Fibelkorn (as Snoopy).
April Glosson-Smith is the assistant director and Jeanne Edwards is the producer of our show.
Dates and ticket information
Remaining shows are set for Feb. 23 and 24, starting at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 25, starting at 2 p.m.
MAC is located at 128 E. Main St. in Manchester.
Locals will have the opportunity to enjoy several other performances at the MAC.
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‘Into the Woods Jr.’
The show is set for May 11- 20. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s story comes to life in this adaptation of their award-winning musical, featuring favorite fairytale characters.
‘She Loves Me’
The classic musical is set for June 22-July 1.
From the composers of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the story follows two clerks who are constantly bumping heads on the job, but are also anonymous romantic pen pals. It is the inspiration for the film “You’ve Got Mail,” and a recent hit revival on Broadway.
Best of the Ultimate Oldies
The exciting show is slated for July 12-15.
The Ultimate Oldies present a jammed-packed show filled with their best from the 1950s and 1960s.
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The show is set for Sep. 13-16.
The Ultimate Oldies will debut their new show, packed with nostalgia and music from the 1980s.
‘Singin’ in the Rain’
The beloved musical is set for Oct. 26-Nov. 4.
‘A Christmas Carol’
Get into the holiday spirit with this show, set for Dec. 7-16.
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