MOUNT VERNON — Good Grief, the real Charlie Brown will be visiting Mount Vernon on Thursday to speak about his life and, of course his beloved, Peanuts comic strip. As part of the Chautauqua Series sponsored by Elixir Presents, the Ohio Humanities Council, Ariel Foundation and the Rolls-Royce Charities/Civic Fund, Jesse Miller will take the stage and portray Charles Shultz in first person including drawing some of the Peanuts gang during the performance.
The public knows all about Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus and the iconic holiday movies and all that, but what do people really know about the man behind all of these creations? Born to a barber from Germany and a mother from Norway, in 1922, Schultz stayed out of the spotlight most of the time and stayed faithful to his vision, never allowing another artist to draw the strip. As part of his will, Schulz requested that the Peanuts characters remain as authentic as possible and that no new comic strips based on them be drawn. United Features had legal ownership of the strip, but honored his wishes, instead syndicating reruns of the strip to newspapers. New television specials have also been produced since Schulz's death, but the stories are based on previous strips, and Schulz always stated that Peanuts TV shows were entirely separate from the strip.
Opening the program, making his debut at the Chautauqua Series is Tim Noble, a child prodigy on piano.
To learn more about Shultz and why the comic strip came to be named Peanuts, come to ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon, on Thursday to find out.
ThePlace@TheWoodward is a first floor facility and accessible to people with special needs such as walkers, wheel chairs or strollers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is a donation. For further information on this or other upcoming programs visit www.elixirpresents.com or call 740-392-6102 or 740-392-3018.
Published on April 1, 2013