Show is fun for all ages: SRP to perform ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’Written by Kathryn Milstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
You grew up with it. Your parents grew up with it. Your children are growing up with it. From June 17-19, Charlie Brown and the classic “Peanuts” group will be in Whitehouse.
Staged Right Productions Inc. (SRP) will put on “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 8 p.m. June 17 and 18, and at 2:30 p.m. June 19.
The play will be staged at Hope United Methodist Church, 10610 Waterville St., which can fit about 90 chairs. Matt Richardson, director of the play and an SRP board member, said he hopes to fill every seat.
“I’m trying to keep the family that people will recognize, that people will know, that people will remember,” he said. “That’s kind of my main goal, to bring the members of TV — as much of that — into it.”
He said he modified the ’60s script to include more of the cartoon, since the script was based on the comic strips. However, he said he could not add the football-punting scene to the play.
“There’s no easy way to cheat that without hurting the actors,” he said.
For Richardson, who said he is both the oldest and “youngest” member of the board, directing the show came naturally.
“I grew up on ‘Peanuts,’ so I kind of know the material the best,” he said.
Ben McGilvery will play the role of Charlie Brown. Although he said he has acted with almost everyone in the cast before, this will be his first time with SRP.
“I had never done this show before so it has been a great experience, both learning the story and re-acquainting myself with the Peanuts’ characters,” he wrote in an email from Chicago where he is installing equipment in a steel plant.
“In my opinion, Peanuts is one of the few iconic comics that has established itself to be inter-generational,” McGilvery wrote. “Whereas my parents loved it when it first came out, I loved it as a kid growing up, and my 4-year-old daughter loves it now. It’s so easy to relate to the characters as they go through the awkwardness of growing up and meeting all the crazy individuals you’ll encounter along the way.”
Kate Lankey, publicity and marketing trustee for SRP, said the play was picked because it is an excellent show with a small cast, perfect for the small company.
“We’re still new; we’re still building and getting information out there,” she said. “When you have a very small budget, it limits you quite a bit, so we wanted to do a family show and get the word out.”
SRP was started in 2009 to avoid the drama and politics of community theater, Lankey said. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be the fourth show the group has put on.
Tickets cost $8 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for ages 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, call (419) 270-1204 or visit www.StagedRightProductionsInc.Mfbiz.com.