First Baptist Church to bring Charlie Brown to life during Kingsport’s Fun Fest

Holly Viers • Jul 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

KINGSPORT — First Baptist Church is making a change to its Fun Fest event this year.

Instead of holding a paid, ticketed event as it has done previously, the church will be offering two performances of the play “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” both at no charge.

“A lot of times, we have done dinner theatres,” said Robyn Wilson, producer of the play. “This year, we just wanted to do something that was just a gift to the community and not have to do tickets or anything.”

About the show

Wilson said the church has offered Fun Fest events every other year for many years. This year’s show, she said, is one that some may recognize.

“It’s actually a play that we did 18 years ago in the summer of 2000,” Wilson said. “We had talked about doing it again at some point and just never have, but this year things fell into place for us to do it again, and we’re excited about it.”

Written by Clark Gesner, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a 1967 musical based on Charles M. Schulz’s popular “Peanuts” comics. Wilson said each of the six characters — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty and Linus — are played by church members.

“Our Lucy and Charlie Brown are reprising their roles from 18 years ago, so it’s the same actors playing those two parts, and they are phenomenal,” Wilson said. “You will think you’re seeing the real Charlie Brown and Lucy because they do a great job.”

What to expect

In addition to the ticketing change, Wilson said patrons should expect a couple other changes at this year’s event. Unlike in the past, when plays were often held in the fellowship hall, this year’s performances will both take place in the sanctuary.

And instead of serving dinner prior to the play, the church will hold a dessert reception in the atrium following each performance, Wilson said.

The play will be performed July 14 and July 16 at 6:30 p.m., and doors will open 30 minutes beforehand.

“Our sanctuary seats a lot of people, so it shouldn’t be a problem getting in or finding a seat,” Wilson said. “We just hope we’ll have a lot of people and just have some fun together watching Charlie Brown and his cast of characters.”