2011-10-21 / Community

‘Charlie Brown’ Fundraiser For The Dogs

Above” The cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”Picture at right: l-r Schroeder, Lucy, Charlie Brown,Sally, Linus Bot, ang Snoopy. Above” The cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”Picture at right: l-r Schroeder, Lucy, Charlie Brown,Sally, Linus Bot, ang Snoopy. Last weekend marked the opening of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Rockaway Theatre Company and parents and children alike were delighted to see Charles Schultz’ beloved “Peanuts” characters come to life before their eyes. The show provides a catchy score and the RTC production boasts an enchanting cartoon set and an amazingly talented cast headed by Patrick Meyers in the role of Charlie Brown.

Sunday’s matinee was an extra special event as it was the annual Carol Jasper Memorial Benefit performance for North Shore Animal League America, the largest no kill animal rescue organization in the Northeast. North Shore is the RTC’s “Pet Project” and each year, for the past six years, the Rockaway Theatre Company has donated the proceeds of one performance to this very special organization. In addition to receiving monetary aid, NSAL’s mobile adoption vehicle, filled with specially selected healthy dogs, cats, kittens and puppies, is parked right outside the theater. People coming to see the show are invited to visit the mobile unit before the show, or during the intermission, where they have the opportunity to reserve a brand new family member to be picked up at the conclusion of the performance.

To the delight of Sunday’s audience, and the surprise of his fellow actors, during a scene at the end of Act I, the most lovable character of all, Snoopy, played by Chazmond J. Peacock, made his entrance on the stage holding a very cute little beagle puppy in his arms.

This little guy was brought on stage in the hope of melting the hearts of any potential adopters who had not yet made up their minds. The ploy must have worked, because North Shore had one of their most successful mobile adoption days. Two adorable kittens and a combination of puppies and adult dogs (seven in all) went to loving homes, freeing space at the Port Washington facility for more dogs and cats to be rescued from death row at various “killshelters.”

If you missed the Sunday event, interested adopters can still find wonderful canine and feline companions, (including the adorable beagle who made his stage debut on Sunday) seven days a week, by taking a ride out to Davis Avenue in Port Washington, Long Island. If you missed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” you’re in luck … you needn’t travel quite as far. The final weekend is here and there are still four more performances to go.

The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights, October 21 and 22 at 8 p.m.

There will also be two matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. However, these final shows are already nearly sold out. If you want to see Charlie, Sally, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and, of course, Snoopy, in action, you need to call the RTC hotline at 718-374-6400 immediately or go to www.rockaway theatrecompany.org to reserve your seats or, in the words of the cast …“Good Grief! There may not be any seats left!”

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