Introducing: the peanuts gang!
Ticket sales are now underway for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," at www.memorialauditorium.org and by calling 620-231-7827. If the cast lineup is any indication, we predict they'll go quickly!
Performing last week as Scuttle in "The Little Mermaid" and last fall as Mr. Cladwell in the state-recognized "Urinetown," Aidan Harries invites you to grab your favorite blanket, find a good thumb to suck on, and sit back and enjoy the show!
You'll recognize him as Flounder in last week's 'Little Mermaid,” and as Bobby Strong in last fall’s award-winning "Urinetown.” Now, Matt Buck, who grew up watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, is portraying Schroeder — and in real life is learning to play the piano!
As a child, Kyra Ketcham loved reading comics in the newspaper. She became a dancer and for the past three years has been lighting up the stage in Pittsburg High School productions. Now, she invites you to dig out your catcher’s mitt and enjoy the fun of her favorite number in this show: Baseball Game!
Joplin native Michaela West is studying theatre at Pittsburg State University. Most recently seen as one of the Heathers in “Heathers: The Musical,” at Joplin Little Theatre, she’s also performed in productions of "Rent," "Cinderella," and "Gypsy." She’s now ready to share the magic of Charles Schulz with you!
A recent graduate of Pittsburg State University, where she was active in her sorority, she’s now pursuing her Master’s in International Business. But Emily Commons is excited to take time to be back on stage, having appeared in high school productions like "Wedding Singer," "Sweeney Todd," and "Legally Blonde." A secret: she’s engaged to Snoopy!
You’ve seen him in PHS and Pitt State Theatre shows including “Legally Blonde, “Sweeney Todd,” and “You Can’t Take it With You,” and now you can see him as the world’s most beloved dog, Snoopy! Kevin is a recent graduate of Pittsburg State University, where he was active in his fraternity, and now is working towards his Masters in Polymer Chemistry. Don’t miss him in this role;
You’ve seen her as Ariel in last week’s "The Little Mermaid," as Gertrude McFuzz in the award-winning "Seussical" and as Penelope Pennywise in the internationally-recognized "Urinetown.” She’s also performed in Kansas City, South Carolina, and New York City, and is set for a show in Wichita this summer! Now see this super crab take on the role of Lucy Van Pelt!
Growing up, Jazmin’s mom would often tell her that her room looked like a pig sty! Now, Jazmin gets to show her mom what a pig sty really looks like by having the opportunity to play the role of Pig-Pen in this fun and family-friendly musical!
Any fan of the Peanuts Gang knows that Frieda has naturally curly hair, of which she is quite proud. She was the only girl on Charlie Brown's baseball team to not wear a cap because it would cover it up. You can see this charming character brought to life by Jocelyn, who is from the Kansas City area and has most recently been seen in “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Junie B. Jones.”
Franklin was the first African-American character introduced in the Peanuts comic strip in 1968, and his introduction came at a tumultuous time in our history. Neo says performing as Franklin has been a humbling experience. He also can relate to Franklin because, like Franklin, Neo isn’t originally from this town — he moved here. For Neo, making new friends and learning more about the cast is his favorite part of the theater experience!
Charles Schulz one said “Woodstock knows that he is very small and inconsequential indeed. It’s a problem we all have. The universe boggles us…Woodstock is a lighthearted expression of that idea." This is the second time Alexis Daniels has played such a role; you’ll remember her as charming and curious young JoJo in last year’s award-winning “Seussical.”
You've seen her in last week's "Little Mermaid" as the sea witch, Ursula, and in the award-winning "Suessical" as Mrs. Mayor. Now see her bring to life Charlotte, whose first appearance in the Peanuts comic strips was on November 30, 1954. Charlotte was introduced as a female counterpart to Charlie Brown (a role later taken up by Sally), with a very dominating personality, complete with an obnoxious, loud-mouthed voice. Cassie, of course, is anything but!
You may have seen her in the "The Little Mermaid" as Allana, "Urinetown" as Soupy Sue, and "Seussical" as Young Kangaroo. Now see Hannah play Marcie, who is known for her unassuming sweetness and intellect — an insightful but introverted bookworm who refers to her best friend, Peppermint Patty, as “Sir.” As a real-life bookworm, Hannah relates. Marcie was one of her favorite Peanuts characters growing up!
And last but not least: taking a turn from his more serious performance as Jamie in “The Last Five Years,” Mason has become the one and only blockhead, Charlie Brown! Mason believes the beauty of Charlie Brown is that everyone can relate to him. “He faces negatives on a daily basis, but he’s the true illustration of hope and happiness,” Mason says. He welcomes you to view this production featuring all of the beloved Peanuts characters, and hopes you leave with a bit more happiness in your life!
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