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It’s a Wonderful and Nutty Season with the Children’s Production Troupe at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

by Dan Cash

HOLLAND – This summer the Hope Summer Repertory’s Children’s Performance Troupe starts off a little nutty by bringing the Peanuts® characters from the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz to life in the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, openingJune 17th. This show is filled with laughter, fun, and unforgettable songs that the whole family will enjoy. In addition, this superb season includesThe Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!), openingJuly 8th. This detective-noir meets science-geek chic, super-cool astronomical musical theatre event is an adventure you will not forget. Get to know the Peanuts® characters and blast off with Dr. Wonderful in the Studio Theatre in the lower level of the Dewitt Center. Tickets are $12 and general seating.

In an average day in the life of Charlie Brown everyone says, ‘you’re a good man, Charlie Brown” but he cannot fathom why he is so special when he can’t fly a kite, punt a football, or win a game of checkers. Through his own experiences and the antics of Schroeder, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and his dog Snoopy, Charlie learns that being good ol’ Charlie Brown is not so bad after all.

Dr. Wonderful has a mystery on her hands. A superstar is going to disappear and it is up to her to use her science expertise to solve the mystery before dinner. Newton, her dog and lab assistant, and her best friend Ben, who she thinks is awesome, join her on the adventure of the lifetime filled with space travel, songs about solar fusion and butterscotch pizzadogs. In this entertaining and educational musical, Dr. Wonderful and her friends show us that you can accomplish anything when you work together, use the scientific method, and shift your perspective to see something new.

Theatre for young audiences is a very important aspect of theatre, especially in today’s world. In today’s world children spend more time with a computer screen than they do other people. Live theatre helps foster human connection as well as teach children about the world around them. As a child watches a live performance they absorb so much more than the plot. They learn about friendship, problem solving, the power of an individual, and more; these things will stick with them because of the connectivity between the performers and the audience. Live actors create characters right in front of the child, making the story and things they learn from it more present. When it comes right down to it, children’s theatre is a fun, entertaining, and educational experience for all ages.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brownfeatures HSRT company members:Matt Maddenas Charlie Brown,Allison Morseas Sally Brown,Kate Colburnas Lucy,Michael Williamsas Linus,Bernell Lassaias Schroeder, andNick Seltingas Snoopy.The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!)features:Kate Colburnas Dr. Wonderful,Joshua Kumleras Newton,Matt Maddenas Ben, andLauren Ezzoas Mom.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory’s theatre great season ticket packages! For children under the age of 12, the Children’s Package includes both CPT productions and one main stage musical for $25. The Adult Children’s Production Theatre Package includes both CPT productions and a main stage show for $40 and the Bonus Adult Package includes both CPT shows and two main stage shows for $60. Individual tickets are $12 and general seating.

Packages and individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling616-395-7890, going to hope.edu/hsrt or visiting one of Hope Summer Repertory’s two ticket offices. The Dewitt Ticket Office located at 141 E. 12thSt is openMonday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pmand, beginningJune 15,Saturday12:00pm-Intermission. The 8thStreet Ticket office located at 100 E. 8thSt is openMonday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm. For questions or more information please e-mailtickets@hope.edu.