The Bayou Playhouse presents the regional premiere of Charles M. Schultz’s animated Holiday Classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This beloved family Christmas story will be retold live on the Bayou Playhouse stage, in celebration of the cartoon’s 50th anniversary of its television premiere.
A Charlie Brown Christmas opens on Friday, November 7 and will run through Sunday, December 7 at the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport.
“This is a wonderful example of true television history being brought to life on stage”, said Bayou Playhouse Artistic Director Perry Martin. “The special has brought holiday joy to families on television annually for 50 years. It has always been my favorite and we are thrilled to be the first theatre in the region to bring it to the stage.”
The play, like the cartoon, follows Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang on their quest to find the true meaning of Christmas. The play will follow very closely to the television version but will add a bit of typical Bayou Playhouse pizzazz.
“It is the television version, except it’s live on stage but you can expect a bit of a Bayou Playhouse twist on it,” Martin said. “We’ve been very lucky to have access to a very talented cast of both professional and local actors who are also very funny comedians. This is a great chance to explain why theatre productions are called plays… and boy, do these actors play!”
Leading the professional and local cast, in the role of loveable loser Charlie Brown, is one of the Playhouse’s favorite actors, Travis Resor. Resor has appeared in over 10 Playhouse productions including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Okra, Catfish Moon and most recently Katrina, Mother-In-Law of ‘Em All.
Bayou Playhouse local actress Sara Jane Goodrum is cast as Lucy. Goodrum has appeared at the Playhouse in Floating Palace, The Great Big Doorstep, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella Battistella.
Other cast members include professional actors Andrew Vogel as Linus and Jacob Miller as Schroeder. This is Vogel’s Bayou Playhouse debut while Miller has previously appeared in such Playhouse productions as Cinderella Battistella, Catfish Moon and as the Wolf in The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.
Also making their debut performances at the Playhouse are Camille Griffin as Sally, Lexi Richmond as Frieda and Mesha Rebstock as Peppermint Patty. Three young actors from the Bayou Playhouse’s summer children program, BayouKidz! will bring their talents to their first professional production. BayouKidz! veterans Brennyn Galliano will play Pig Pen, Amber Pierce will play Marcie and Hailey Thibodaux is everyone’s favorite pet, Snoopy.
The Bayou Playhouse is located at 101 Main Street, in the bayou town of Lockport. A Charlie Brown Christmas will open at the Bayou Playhouse on Friday, November 7 and run through Sunday, December 7. Tickets prices are $25 in advance online or $27 at the door. Tickets are $15 for children 12 and under.
Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
For ticket purchases, season subscriptions, corporate sponsorship or other information about the Bayou Playhouse, visit www.bayouplayhouse.com or call 1-888-99-BAYOU (22968).
Posted on Fri, November 21, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette