Published On: Tue, Mar 22nd, 2011

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang visit downtown Boca Raton

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By Skip Sheffield

BOCA RATON — “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” debuted off-Broadway in 1967. The musical based on characters of Charles Schulz’s beloved “Peanuts” comic strip, has become a staple of professional and amateur companies over more than four decades.

Now Entr’Acte Theatrix, the same young emerging professional company that presented “Hair” and “Cabaret” at Caldwell Theatre, is moving downtown to the Black Box Theater of the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts in Mizner Park March 18-27.

Unlike the two Caldwell shows, this is a G-rated family presentation for all ages.

Mia Estadella is Lucy

“This play is so charming,” says director Kimberly Dawn (KD) Smith. “It takes you back to childhood. I teach dance classes to children as young as six. They are the best; they have no fear, and they will tell you the truth. I try to bring that to this show.”

The cast of “Charlie Brown’ is young but more of high school and college age. The ten-person cast includes Evan Ferrar as Charlie Brown, Mia Estadella as Lucy, Courtney Poston as Sally, Frank Vomero as Linus, Patrick LoRicco as Schroeder and Greg Halmos as Snoopy. Also featured are Matthew Tarentino as Pig Pen, Sarah Shadle as Woodstock, Sarah Drebin as Marcie and Emily Miraglia as Peppermint Patty.

“The musical, just like the award-winning comic strip, is delightfully warm-hearted and funny, but also carries an undercurrent of spiritual depth and adolescent insight,” says company founder and producer, Vicki Halmos.  “Our production will have a definite anti-bullying subtext based on the personal issues of each character; such as Charlie Brown’s low-esteem, Lucy’s bossiness and Pig Pen’s lack of good hygiene.”

Tickets for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: are $25 for adults, $10 for students and $20 group, with 15-ticket minimum. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20 and again March 25-27 with the same times.

Call 877-877-7677 or go to www.completeticketsolutions.com.

Pianist Enrique Graf with

Symphony of the Americas March 22

Acclaimed Uruguayan pianist will be guest artist with the Symphony of the Americas at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at Broward Center’s Amaturo Theatre. The program of “Romantic Masterpieces” includes works by Bizet, Glazunov, von Weber and the concert show piece, Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, under the baton of James Brooks-Bruzzese.

Tickets are priced from $40. Call 954-462-0222.

 

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