Students at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School will showcase “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” showing the average day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.
The performance will highlight different moments from the beloved cartoon stretching across Valentine’s Day to baseball season.
According to the press release, the scenes being performed will also have a sense of wild optimism and utter despair, all mixed within the lives of Charlie Brown and his friends strung together on a single day, from a bright uncertain morning to starlight night.
Auditions for the play were open to middle school and high school students, and more than 50 from Ahwatukee and Tempe were chosen to be involved with the production.
Jenefer Miller, director and theater instructor at Akimel, said typically there is a fall show that is put on by the Community Theatre and the decision to do a show on Charlie Brown came to fruition by a childhood memory.
The entire crew has been working hard since early September to get all preparations completed for opening night, and Miller believes the cast and crew is ready to showcase their performance.
“It was a show that I did when I was growing up, and I thought it would be fun to direct it,” she said. “I also thought it would be a fun show for everyone... everyone loves the Peanuts gang and it’s so exciting to bring it to life on stage. The show is basically vignettes and small segments of different cartoons that people saw while growing up.”
Miller believes the performers are looking forward to putting on a show that is relatable to their parents and something they are familiar with.
“I think this is more familiar to their parents than them... everyone from their parents’ generation grew up with the Peanuts... and I think the kids are really excited to share that with their parents,” Miller said.
There will be two different performances at Akimel, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door for $8 per person.
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