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A Dramatic Pairing: the Bard and Charlie Brown

The public is invited to two overlapping student productions, beginning with the contemporary Broadway musical comedy, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” in performance now through Nov. 13 in the Black Box Theatre at Thurston Middle School.

Student actors in William Shakespeare’s famous comedy “Twelfth Night” perform Nov. 12-20 at the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre.

Veterans are invited to attend a free showing of the Twelfth Night preview on Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, said director Mark Dressler.

In the 1960s “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” became an instant smash hit with over 1,500 off-Broadway performances. The audience will follow the trials and tribulations of Charlie Brown, a simple boy who just tries to survive the day. His kite won’t fly. He makes the final out of a baseball game. And he just can’t muster up the courage to talk to a cute little red-haired girl.

“We are hoping this title will be a big draw for all Laguna families,” said Park Avenue Player director/choreographer Tracey Bonner. “The music is fantastic and everybody will love our renditions of Charles Schultz’s famous characters.”

Considered by many to be the greatest comedy ever written, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” tells the story of twin brother and sister washed ashore after a powerful storm. Each thinks the other has drowned.

“It’s a classic Shakespearean comedy that features plot twists caused by mistaken identities,” explained director Dressler. “This play has remained popular over the years because the themes are extremely current. ‘Twelfth Night’ affords our actors several chances to create clear, interesting and very funny characters.”

The remaining performances of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 7, 10, 12, and 14, and at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6, 12, and 13. Ticket prices are $5, $10, and $15.

“Twelfth Night” performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 14, and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, 19, and 20.  Ticket prices are $10, $15, and $20.

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