A Charlie Brown Christmas is rapidly becoming a tradition for generations of children and adults across Kansas City as The Coterie once again brings the show to life on stage. Capturing all the appeal, wit, and wisdom of the 1965 animated special, the stage adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas brings to life the whole Peanuts gang, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy. The production also features a live jazz trio playing Vince Guaraldi’s original musical arrangements, including the Peanuts theme Linus and Lucy, Christmas Time is Here, and all the favorites from the holiday classic. Additionally, every performance ends with a special encore of Snoopy’s Christmas, which tells the tale of Snoopy’s Christmas Eve encounter with the Red Baron. A reviewer for The Kansas City Star wrote The Coterie’s original production, “serves up a live action, Christmas-sized helping of… first class… innovative… theatrical magic. …Young people are deliberately included and collectively charmed.”
The cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas features Jordan Luty (as Charlie Brown), Darrington Clark (as Snoopy), Allison Jones (as Lucy), Phil Newman (as Linus), Zach Faust (as Pigpen), Vincent Wagner (as Schroeder), Catera Combs (as Violet), Deanna Mazdra (as Sally), David LeVota (as Shermy), Margo G. Roberts and Ava Wolesky (sharing the role of Frieda), and musicians Gary Adams (pianist), Sam Wisman (bassist), and Jeff Harshbarger (percussionist) in the live jazz trio.
Appropriate for families with all ages, A Charlie Brown Christmas will run approximately 55 minutes with no intermission and on The Coterie’s stage in Crown Center now through December 29, 2020. Tickets are $15.00 for youth under 18, students, and seniors age 60 and older; and $19.00 for adults. Groups of 20 or more pay only $10.00 per person (some restrictions apply – call the box office for details). Tickets, group reservations and more information is available at https://thecoterie.org/performance/charlie-brown-2019.
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