Summer Stock presents ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Four years ago, KC Kenney wanted to offer local youths the chance to see the production side of theater.
After a group of students came to him with an idea of a student-run theater group, Kenney developed an organization where everything about the production could be student-run, including directing, choreography, producing and advertising.
“The kids typically come into the situation thinking that the primary objective is to put on a good show. I always say the primary objective is to learn something and to have fun and if they put on a good show, that’s kind of a nice bonus,” Kenney said. “If these kids were not involved with this, I am sure they would be taking their talents and their passions and putting them in other projects; this just gives them a way that they can all come together and produce something as a team and a group.”
This summer, Summer Stock, a nonprofit musical theater company, will present “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The shows will be at the Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St., Aug. 9-10 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
The production includes 11 students performing and fewer than 20 behind the scenes. Students from all over the Toledo area are involved, ranging from students who just completed their freshman year and to those who graduated in the spring.
“We wanted to give that opportunity to have that ownership, to have that hands-on experience to anybody who had the passion,” Kenney said. “There are those kids that love the spotlight, but then there are those kids who love to write, and those kids that love to design. And then there are those kids who love to direct, to choreograph, to do the business end of it. These are all aspects of theater that we want to give them an opportunity to do.”
The musical follows Charles Shultz’s Peanuts characters through Valentine’s Day mishaps, a baseball game and writing a book report.
Anna Malone, the other adult moderator, joined the organization this year to help Kenney. She has traveled with productions and spent time in New York City since receiving her degree in theater.
“Since getting back to Toledo a few years ago, I’ve been looking for a chance to get back in the theater scene … to be able to work with youth in a theater setting is just awesome,” Malone said.
Preordered tickets for the show cost $8 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (419) 708-4801.