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August 2, 2013

‘Charlie Brown’ set this weekend in Eufaula

A repeat performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” hits the stage this weekend in Eufaula.

Bobbie Huddle, the vice-chairwoman of the Eufaula Theater Committee, said a wonderful response to the original is what prompted the encore.

“It’s the same cast, and the only difference is the venue and the accompaniment,” Huddle said. “It’ll be even better this time around, because we’ve had time to tweak it, and add some nuances to the characters.”

The show, which will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, will be performed at the Eufaula High School Auditorium. Huddle said the building is normally used for band practice, but the high school band has been exceptionally accommodating to them.

“The band director got everything cleaned out for us,” she said. “They are doing a wonderful job.”

Huddle also said future performances would be at a more convenient venue.

“Creek Nation is going to let us use the old skating rink in Eufaula,” she said. “We’ll be able to build a stage in it and do shows there until we have the money to build our own facility.”

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is based on the comic strip Peanuts, made famous by Charles Shultz. The show is being directed by Selina Jayne-Dornan, Eufaula’s mayor, and features cast members with varying experience in theater. Kenneth Yadon will be providing the musical accompaniment on his keyboard.

Huddle said it wasn’t just the acting that was great, but the singing as well.

“The singing is fantastic,” she said. “The voices are all excellent, and several people in the play are not novices. It’s honestly delightful.”

The Eufaula Theater Committee is working hard to provide entertainment for not just their citizens, but for people of all over, Huddle said.

“We want to have a regular show schedule,” she said. “We’ve continued to improve our website, and we’re trying to draw people from all over to come see us. We want the community to know we’re here, and we hope to have our own theater in a year or so.”

The committee has settled on “Nunsense” for a November production, and Huddle said she was planning on personally directing a youth and children’s musical in the spring.

“Our goal is to involve everyone in our community,” Huddle said. “I want to tell everyone to come attend the show and support your local theater. We need the support to be able to continue to bring the community more shows and enjoyment.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased at Eufaula City Hall, Main Street Studio or from cast members.

Reach Travis Sloat at (918) 684-2908 or tsloat@ muskogeephoenix.com.

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