This weekend, Vermillion area residents will have the unique opportunity of viewing musicals presented by kids instead of adults.
"The Understudies," a new branch of the Vermillion Community Theatre, will present their first show, the Broadway revisal version of the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in the cozy auditorium of Farber Hall on the USD campus.
The show will be performed Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at Farber Hall on campus.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 K-12, and no charge for kids 5 years old. Tickets will be available at the door on the nights of the performances.
This musical, based on Charles M. Schulz's classic Peanuts comic strip, is fun for the whole family. Kids will love the classic Peanuts gang characters: Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, and of course, Charlie Brown. Adults will love the clever humor, physical comedy, and upbeat tempo.
The music in the original show, written by Clark Gesner, includes classics such as Book Report, The Baseball Game, and Happiness; and in 1999, a Broadway cast revamped the show and musical director Andrew Lippa added two new toe-tapping numbers: Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy.
The Vermillion Community Theatre introduced "The Understudies," a new branch of theatre in the Vermillion area, last April.
"The Understudies" is a youth group of actors and actresses who will be allowed to choose their own shows and directors, and then become the cast in the show. This process will give middle/high school students a chance to experience theatre in featured roles in the shows that they want to do.
"The Understudies" will soon be open to all youth grades 6-10 who are interested. For more information on "The Understudies," or if you would like to become a member of this group, please visit http://www.vermillioncommunitytheatre.org/understudies.html.
And, for a night of great music and Charles M. Schulz's classic humor, take your whole family to come see a youth production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.