'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Janice Kerlee as Lucy tries to figure out why Charlie Brown, played by Worth Ferguson, is depressed at the Christmas holidays. Navasota Theatre Alliance opens its two-week run of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $7 to $14, available online at www.navasotatheatre.org.

Navasota Theatre Alliance opens a two-week run of a beloved Christmas staple Thursday night.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, based on the animated television special that first appeared in 1965, features all of Charles Schulz’ characters from Peanuts. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 15.

Tickets are $7 to $14, available online at www.navasotatheatre.org or at the door, if any remain. The theater is at 104 W. Washington Ave. in downtown Navasota.

Thomas Muhn directs, with lights, sound, sets and costumes by the cast.

The cast includes Worth Ferguson as Charlie Brown; Debbie Ferguson as Sally; Myron “Mickey” Gross as Pig Pen; Grant Holt as Linus; Isaih Jourdan-Muhn as Snoopy; Janice Kerlee as Lucy; Chaz Pittman as Schroeder; Hannah Shaw as Woodstock; and Laura Vaughn as Patty.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first of several TV productions based on Schulz’s comic strip. Charlie Brown is depressed at the holiday season, and he doesn’t know why. At the Christmas tree lot, he is drawn to a scrawny sapling with almost no needles, believing that lights and ornaments will make it shine. But the lone branch on the tree droops under the weight of a single ornament. The rest of the cast ridicules Charlie, which depresses him more. It isn’t until Linus tells him of the true meaning of Christmas that Charlie cheers up. The play ends with the entire Peanuts gang celebrating the special day.

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