Theatre Club Plays to Toddler Audience

The student actors in Harper College's Theatre Club are used to performing for adult audiences. This time, they're prepping to perform for a much younger crowd - and they're bringing Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang with them. Fifteen students from the College's Theatre Club are partnering with Harper's Child Learning Center to present scenes from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" to the center's three-to-five-year-old clientele. The half-hour performance will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the College's Black Box Theatre, Room L109 in Building L on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The production was born from the club's desire to keep performing after staging scenes from "The Crucible" during Harper's Banned Books Week last fall. The students, who have been meeting weekly with Assistant Professor and Theatre Director Kevin Long to rehearse and choreograph "Charlie Brown" vignettes, will tackle a number of favorite tunes - including Linus' "My Blanket and Me" and, of course, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

In addition to giving the students a chance to flex some musical theater muscle, Long said performing for the Child Learning Center offers the educational opportunity of bringing live theater to an enthusiastic audience of potentially tough critics who may enjoy different aspects of theater than their adult counterparts. "Performing for young children is a great opportunity for our students," Long said. "You have to be completely honest in your work or they will not respond. We respect our youngest audience and have been working hard to create something that is specific, honest, and at the same time fun and moving."

The Child Learning Center, which supplements Harper's Early Childhood Education program, accommodates children of faculty and staff as well as community members.

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