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‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ opens Friday in Rome

- From staff reports

As t hough t hey’ve walked out of the comic strip itself, the beloved ch a r a c t e r s Charli e Brown, Linus, Schroeder, Lucy, Sally and Snoopy will take to the Historic DeSoto Theatre stage in Rome Little Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which opens Feb. 10.

The show, which runs two weekends through Feb. 19, explores some beloved, nostalgic “Peanuts” story lines.

Audiences can see Snoopy flying his World War I fighter jet ( doghouse), Lucy’s attempts to win Schroeder’s heart while he obliviousl­y plays his piano, Linus and his insightful analyses as he clutches his security blanket, Sally’s struggles with school work and, of course, Charlie Brown trying to muster his courage to speak to the Little Red Haired Girl, all the while exploring the question, “What does it mean to be a good man?”

Perhaps the funniest thing about the musical is that all the children’s characters are played by adults.

Justin Karch, who plays Schroeder, said audiences will enjoy watching the actors have fun as they portray the iconic kids that generation­s have seen in the Sunday comics.

“It’s just a fun show to see,” Karch said. “What’s not fun about a group of adults pretending to be kids? I think a lot of people would want to go back and experience that again if they had the chance.”

While the show focuses on the antics of Charlie Brown and his friends, Karch said there are some heartfelt themes, such as wanting to fit in, f i nding courage and self- acceptance, with which everyone can relate.

“There’s a part of at least one of the characters, I’m positive, that every person can relate to at some point in their life,” he said.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, $12 for kids and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at their website www.romelittle­theatre. org.

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