Bellarine Theatre’s ‘Charlie Brown’ Includes Special Needs Preview

Nov 08, 2017

The Bellarine Theatre Company will be performing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19 at 3 p.m. at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $12 for children 12 years of age and younger, and may be purchased at btco.booktix.com or at the door. (There are VIP tickets in the front rows available for $20.)

There will also be a free preview performance at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 specially tailored for an audience of families and friends of children or adults with special needs, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or other sensitivity issues. “The show,” said Bellarine Managing Director Chris Huch, “will be performed in a friendly, supportive environment, and slight adjustments to the production will be made, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or lights focused into the audience.”

Interested groups that wish to attend the free special needs friendly preview performance can RSVP by calling 609-661-2083.

The Nov. 18 matinee performance will also be special, considering that American Sign Language interpreters will be included.

“We feel that it is important to continue to provide opportunities for groups that may not get the chance to enjoy live theatre in our area,” said Bellarine Artistic Director and founder Jessica Huch. “Theatre is meant to be enjoyed by all and that is what we aim to accomplish.”

The 1967 musical comedy is based, of course, on the unforgettable characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schultz in his comic strip “Peanuts.” Persons of a certain age will be happy to be reacquainted with the likes of Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and, of course, Snoopy. Youngsters will almost surely be delighted upon meeting them for the first time.

Many of the familiar “Peanuts” storylines can be found in the musical: Charlie Brown trying to get up the nerve to talk to the “Little Red-Haired Girl,” Lucy trying to convince Schroeder to marry her, Linus failing to find the courage to dump his trusty blanket, and Snoopy imagining he’s a World War I flying ace. It is bringing back fond memories, isn’t it?!

Not only is Charlie Brown a good man but also this is a good show – for children of all ages.

—RM

 

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