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“You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” To Open FHU Theatre Season

Henderson, Tenn. - Sep 29, 2016

Freed-Hardeman University Theatre will open its 2016 - 2017 Theatre Season Oct. 13 with “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” This musical is a revival of the 1998 Broadway play with three new songs, along with arrangements of the old songs. The whole cast is here: Charlie Brown, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally and Snoopy use their beloved Peanuts charm to make a fun show.

Dr. Cliff Thompson directs Freed-Hardeman’s theater program. He is looking forward to the production and thinks it will be something everyone will enjoy.  

“’Charlie Brown,’ I think, is bright and upbeat. It has something warm to say to people. It’s going to feel like Southern cooking, much like theatre comfort food,” Thompson said.  

The cast is comprised of John Mark Redding, a senior, as Charlie Brown; Miriam Sparks, a freshman, as Snoopy; Tansy Matheny, a senior, as Lucy; Braden Miller, a freshman, as Schroeder; Shelby Matthews, a junior, as Sally; and Alec Wimmer, a sophomore, as Linus. Dr. Richard England and Steve Browning of the FHU faculty and Richard England, III, will provide the musical accompaniment.

Show times are Oct. 13 - 15, 20 - 22 at 7:00pm and October 15 and 22 at 2:00pm. All performances will be held on the backstage in Loyd Auditorium. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made early. 

In addition to the regular shows, FHU theatre is partnering with the FHU Associates to put on “Dinner and a Show,” Oct. 21 at 7:00pm. Dinner will be a "Charlie Brown" themed meal in the Brown-Kopel lobby. Tickets for this special night will be $20 and includes the evening performance in Loyd.

Another perk added to one of the shows will be a preshow talk by Brad Montague. Montague had the privilege of meeting some of the Schulz family and talking to them about Peanuts. During his preshow talk, Montague will share some of the things he learned about Charles Schulz and his vision.

Also, those in attendance will have the opportunity to take photos with life-size displays in the lobby. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets may be ordered at