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Fort Wayne Youtheatre Brings "A Charlie Brown Christmas" To Life

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Christopher Murphy is certain that folks of all ages will enjoy this engaging adaptation of Charles Schulz's beloved holiday classic.

The animated TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," has been delighting at-home audiences for more than 50 years.

Now, thanks to the Fort Wayne Youtheatre, it's coming alive this Friday--literally, in its local premiere at First Pres Theater.

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As music director, and a musician for the production, Ben Wedler enjoys the popularity of Guaraldi's well known tunes, as well as the challenge of perfecting them.

With a cast of 51 talented Youtheatre actors portraying the whole Peanuts gang, and a trio of local musicians setting the pace for them with Vince Guaraldi's unforgettable music, audiences are invited to celebrate Charlie's traditional search for the real meaning of Christmas in a fresh, new way.

Eager to learn more about this ambitious undertaking, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Christopher Murphy and Ben Wedler, Youtheatre's play, and music directors, respectively, to learn first-hand how this beloved story, and its iconic music translates to the live stage.

  Event Information:

Fort Wayne Youtheatre's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
@ first Pres Theater, Fort Wayne
Friday, December 8th & 15th
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9th
12:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10th, 16th & 17th
2:oo p.m.

For ticket information, visit Fort Wayne Youtheatre's website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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