When it comes to Christmas classics, few productions tug harder at our nostalgic heartstrings than " A Charlie Brown Christmas." And just on time, Theater of Youth opens its production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Dec. 2.
Suitable for nostalgic adults and young “Charlie Brown” neophytes alike, this is an adaptation of the 1965 animated TV special, which in turn was adapted from the famous comic strips of Charles M. Schulz.
All the things you cherish from repeat viewings of the animated special are there: Charlie Brown’s omnipresent gloom; Sally’s innocent demand for “10s and 20s”; Linus’ heartfelt speech about the origins of Christmas; and one of the most meme-worthy dance scenes in animation history. And Vince Guaraldi’s beloved music provides a bed of unhurried holiday charm for the whole affair.
The Theatre of Youth production, featuring Dan Urtz as Charlie Brown and directed by Meg Quinn, also features a technical trick that allows actors to glide across the stage on actual skates for one of the story’s most memorable scenes.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas": Dec. 2 through 17 at the Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.). Tickets are $12 to $28. Call 884-4400 or visit theatreofyouth.org.