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Hopewell Theatre presents "Snoopy the Musical"

November 28, 2018
The Town Crier

What's a holiday season without a little Peanuts magic? "Snoopy the Musical" features the same characters from Charles Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. The show is a series of vignettes including some well-known skits such as the Great Pumpkin, the Easter Beagle, Lucy's psychiatric advice, Patty's crush on Charlie Brown and much more.

The show runs from Dec. 7 through Dec. 16 at the Hopewell Theater (formally the Victorian Players) 702 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, OH 44502 at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8, 14, and 15 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 16.

This production will utilize the theater's newly acquired riser/tiered seating which was donated to the Hopewell by YSU. The audience will sit on three sides with the performance space on the main floor of theater. The characters and settings of Snoopy, the musical, will be more personal and intimate since the audience is so close to the action.

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Members of the cast of the Hopewell Theatre production of Snoopy the Musical include Bob Gerdes as Snoopy, Josh Bodnar as Charlie Brown, Stephen Kountz as Linus, Tracie Balentine as Lucy, Elainie Huncik as Peppermint Patty, Adrienne Mackey as Sally, and Josh Ford as Woodstock. Not pictured is director Pat Vidis.

Reservations are strongly suggested. Visit or call 330-746-5455. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors (65 and older)/students (university with a valid ID).

Credit cards are accepted with $1 fee for each ticket. Groups of 10 or more sold at a discounted price when paid in single transaction. Seating is general admission; there are no assigned seats. Box office opens one hour before the curtain.

Patrons with handicapping conditions may park to the east of the theater. Everyone else may park to the west in the adjacent business lot or across the street at Brothers Tire as long as it is not in front of the building. Security will be on site on performance nights.

Bob Gerdes, who portrays Snoopy, said he has a personal connection to the character.

"I wanted to be in Snoopy because I grew up with the Peanuts gang. The comics were the first things I read when I was first learning to read. I just found a bunch of old paperback Peanuts books from the 60s that I still have," said Gerdes. "I'm thrilled to be playing Snoopy. It gives me that rare chance to explore my inner dog."

The Hopewell Theatre (formally the Victorian Players) began as a repertory theater in 1992 founded by Dr. Jean McClure Kelty. Her vision was to provide family-friendly theater with an emphasis on Victorian classics. In a renovated 1890s church, the theater boasts a small intimate venue. Currently, the mission of providing family-friendly theater remains, but the focus is more broad to include comedies, dramas and tragedies from a variety of eras. The Hopewell's updated mission statement is to present high-quality, family-friendly theater, both classics and plays rarely produced locally.



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