Anyone who grew up with the newspaper delivered to their front door knows about Sunday comic strips. Garfield, Zits, Family Circus, and many more have been a part of countless childhoods. Comics have been around for a long time, and they are not stopping anytime soon.
One comic series that continues to spark happiness for all is Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts”. The comic strip was created on October 2nd, 1950 and ran until February 13th, 2000, with over 17,897 strips produced. Reruns were published afterwards, and it continues to be one of the most popular comics to exist.
Whether you grew up with the series since you were a child, or reconnected with “The Peanuts Movie” made in 2015, you may have an opportunity to see them come to life.
On Saturday, March 2nd, at 12:00 p.m., the Western Pocono Community Library invites you to come and watch the first ever Peanuts broadway play in Monroe County, titled “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.
The play will be directed by Ms. Patti Weis, and will feature some of the most colorful cast of students from all over the County area. She has directed countless plays for the library’s own “Storybook Theatre” every year, since 2011.
“I went through several ideas until I finally decided to do a little ‘skit’ of one of Charles Dickens’ books since it was his 200th birthday following February,” said Weis. “From there, I fell in love with working with teens and directing. I asked the teens if they wanted to continue the following year, and Storybook Theatre was born!”
The library has produced several adaptations to existing properties, as well as original screenplays. Weis’ first ever play was of “Oliver Twist”, and her latest one in 2018 was “Treasure Island”. Her other works include “Beauty and the Beast”, a dramatic reading of “The Phantom Tollbooth”, and an original piece called “CinderWho”, combing the story of Cinderella and Cinderella together.
“I am very laid back,” Weis said. “I am not am not a strict director. Fun is the most important thing, and doing it that way, we have put on some amazing shows that were packed and brought the house down! I believe this show will be no different.”
When asked about the story behind this production, Weis’ said that she was asked about it from the director of the library. “She always has been a Snoopy fan and saw that in New York in 2018 some of the artwork was going to be displayed, she wanted to do a ‘Snoopy play’!”
In terms of what makes this theatrical group different than other people, she commented and said that this specific group is all built around fun and not matching other performances from Broadway or other schools in the area. “I am very laid back,” she elaborates. “I am not a strict director; I put the teens first, play second! Fun is the most important thing, and doing it that way, we have put on some amazing shows that were packed and brought the house down! I believe this show will be no different!”
For any further information, refer to the flyer attached to this article. The performance is free to say and donations for the library are accepted. We hope to see you all there!