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Evangel University to present spring drama production: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

April 3, 2013 | Valorie Coleman

Evangel University students will present the Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown this month in the Barnett Fine Arts Theatre.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. April 4-6 and April 11-13. There will also be matinee performances at 2 p.m. on April 6 and April 13.

“EU Night” is scheduled for opening night, April 4. Tickets are $5 for everyone with an Evangel ID in attendance that evening.

For all other shows, tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for group tickets (10 people or more), and $6 for students.

The production will be directed by David Smith, director of Evangel’s theatre program, and Lori Lawley, 1985 Evangel graduate.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is adapted from the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz, with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner.

In this musical Charlie Brown, as portrayed by Evangel senior Jordan Walker, searches for approval from friends Lucy, Patti, Schroeder, Linus and Snoopy.

“It excites me to have the opportunity to portray an American icon. The musical is full of humor, upset and trivial things, but in the end, it’s about finding out who you are,” says Walker. “This is what I like most about the musical — its relevancy to life today. It’s a look into how we grow through our triumphs and disappointments.”

Walker is playing the lead role after completing his senior voice recital earlier this spring as part of the certification requirements for performance majors. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in music education at Evangel after graduation.

“This is a show for the entire family. You won’t want to miss this delightful spin on the famous Peanuts comic strip,” Smith says. “Expect a lively play with wonderful music and staging.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Lisa Kraus at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8640.

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