There are some major acting chops here in the Central Valley — especially with the younger crowd.
And as a way to showcase this, a 25-year-old community-based nonprofit, CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre, is staging its first CenterStage Kids Program production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on July 28-30 in Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium.
“In the past, CenterStage would include kids in a pre-show prior to the main stage production. CenterStage recognized the amount of talent in these young performers and felt a production of their own was warranted,” said director, Nicolas Cherry.
“It differs from the main stage production, not only with the age group, but it is a smaller cast to allow more individual time spent with the vocal coach, choreographer and allows the director to develop the skills for the stage of these young actors and actresses.”
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” marks the CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre directorial debut for the 19-year-old Clovis Community College student, further illustrating the organization’s mission to educate and grow proficiency in all areas of the art form.
A total of 15 actors ages 7 to 17 will transform into beloved characters from the classic comics, TV and film adaptations — bringing to life various iconic interactions between Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang that audiences will be happy to relive.
“Turning a cartoon into real life is always a challenge, but these amazing kids have done it exceptionally,” Cherry said. “I thought I would have more difficulty directing this age group since I am only 19, but the professionalism and work ethic of these young actors has made my job easy.
“They soak up all the comments and critiques and come back prepared. I am very proud of this show.”
What: CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre and CenterStage Kids Program present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
When: 7:30 p.m. July 28-30, with a matinee performance Saturday, July 30
Where: Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium in Old Town Clovis, 808 4th St.
How much: Tickets cost $12
Details: www.centerstageclovis.com, (559) 323-8744