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'You're a Good Man ...' :CTA goes 'Peanuts' over Charlie Brown
by Zack Steen
Jun 14, 2017 | 1389 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” features cast members James Strachan (Charlie Brown), Shannon M. Sellers (Sally Brown), Dan Marsh (Linus Van Pelt), Emily Steen (Lucy Van Pelt), Eli Rodgers (Snoopy) and Josh Steen (Schroeder).
“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” features cast members James Strachan (Charlie Brown), Shannon M. Sellers (Sally Brown), Dan Marsh (Linus Van Pelt), Emily Steen (Lucy Van Pelt), Eli Rodgers (Snoopy) and Josh Steen (Schroeder).
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A familiar comic strip will come to life on the Corinth Theatre-Arts stage this week.

The beloved Peanuts Gang created by Charles Schultz will highlight “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” with performances set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A free, sensory friendly version of the show will also be presented on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at corinththeatrearts.com or one hour prior to each showing at the Crossroads Playhouse box office on Fulton Street.

Director Josh Steen said the Tony award-winning musical comedy will feature great music and a family-friendly theme.

“Everybody loves the Peanuts gang, and our cast does an amazing job playing them,” said Steen, who will pull double-duty as director and on stage playing the role of the piano-playing Schroeder. “It’s a musical, and the music is fun. There’s something for everyone in this show, no matter their age.”

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a fresh approach to the classic comic strip featuring an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. The play features a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of the Peanuts comic strip, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and, new character Sally Brown.

Steen is also excited about CT-A’s new partnership with Reconnect 4 Autism.

The Corinth-based autism awareness group will team up with the community theatre to offer a free, sensory friendly showing of play.

The performance will include a lower volume of music and vocals while lights will remain on.

“Brad and Melissa Essary have been fantastic volunteers for us, and the work they do raising awareness for autism with Reconnect 4 Autism has made an impression on me,” said Steen. “The theatre is a place for everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from, and we want CT-A to be a place where everyone can feel safe.”

Steen, also a CT-A board member, said the theatre hopes to do more sensory friendly shows in the future.

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is also a unique show because it takes place between two seasons. Steen said the play will act as a fundraiser for the 49th season.

“We have a huge upcoming season in store, and it’s filled with some amazing, higher quality shows. These types of shows will cost a bit more to produce,” said Steen. “We also hope to upgrade the playhouse’s lighting system, sound system, and at some point soon, replace the stage floor.”

Over the last few seasons, CT-A has done a variety of things to raise money for the theatre.

“We believe that of all of the things we have done to raise money, the best thing we can do moving forward is provide great quality shows,” Steen added. “CT-A has been putting together shows for more than 50 years and we need the community support to keep doing that same thing for another 50 years.”

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” last seen on the CT-A stage in 1993, features cast members James Strachan (Charlie Brown), Shannon M. Sellers (Sally Brown), Dan Marsh (Linus Van Pelt), Emily Steen (Lucy Van Pelt), Eli Rodgers (Snoopy) and Steen (Schroeder).
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