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A Charlie Brown Christmas

by Clinton Campbell
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Dec 3, 2018
A scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," currently touring the United States through December 23.
A scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," currently touring the United States through December 23.  

Since 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" has been one of the all-time favorite holiday specials. Our favorite lovable outsider learns the meaning of Christmas to a magical score by Vince Guaraldi Trio.

A live version of the special is currently touring the country through the holidays and made a stop at the Boch Center's Shubert Theater over the weekend.

The title tells you all you need to know. This is a live production of the cartoon special, word for word, and note for note. A jazz trio performs the score while the cast takes us through Charlie's search for meaning at Christmastime.

The performances may be a bit stilted as one would expect for a cast of adults playing children, but the jazz trio that performs is well worth it.

In direct contrast to one of the other Christmas specials that is touring ("Grinch"), this production would be great for any needing a sensory friendly production. The score is soothing, the pacing is slower, and the flashy effects are limited.

With one intermission, the production may be a bit long for younger children. Although some of this is made up for because the length is mostly created by a holiday sing along that his tagged on to the end. The show and singalong combined run about 2 hours.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is touring cities throughout the United States through December 23. For more information, visit the show's website.

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