Theatre of Youth will present the beloved holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas live on stage, for 12 performances only, December 2 – 17, 2017, at the historic Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street. A Charlie Brown Christmas is sponsored by M&T Bank. TOY’s 46th Season is sponsored by the Hamister Family Foundation and Wegmans.
Tickets, starting at $12, are available online at www.theatreofyouth.org or by calling 716-884-4400, ext. 304. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will be an ASL Signed Performance on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.
A Western New York Regional Premiere, Theatre of Youth’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas is based on the story written by Charles M. Schulz and the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage adaptation is by Eric Schaeffer and special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.
This Christmas, families will enjoy Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang live on stage! Charles Schulz’s classic animations come to life in this wonderful stage play featuring all the classic holiday music in the TV special enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. And, there will be real ice skating on stage!
When Charlie Brown complains about overwhelming commercialism during the holiday season, Lucy suggests that he direct the school Christmas pageant. He accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. Audiences will enjoy Charlie Brown and his friends as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.
The 17-18 Season at TOY brings plays with important and timely messages,” said Artistic Director Meg Quinn. “The 45thAnniversary Season was dedicated to the two women who founded Theatre of Youth—Rosalind Cramer and Toni Smith Wilson,” says Quinn. “Roz and Toni believed children need and deserve to have their stories told in the theatre and that we must tell those important stories with respect and care. For our 46th season, each play speaks to the child audience about growing up, learning about the world, and finding your place in it.” This will mark Quinn’s 26th year as Artistic Director.
Parents and children will also enjoy a photo with the cast and crew after all performances.