Curtains Up Pagosa preparing ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

Halloween is near, so Thanksgiving and Christmas are not too far behind. In this unseasonably warm weather, it is hard to wrap our minds around Christmas just yet, but Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP) is already deep into preparations for this year’s Christmas holiday kickoff, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” scheduled for Nov. 17-20 at Pagosa Springs High School.

Perhaps celebrating a Christmas show the week before Thanksgiving sounds like CUP is rushing things a bit, but due to the busy schedule of events in the high school auditorium and the busyness of the Christmas season for the directors, this date was CUP’s best hope for producing a winter show.

Interestingly, the premise of the show is about the over commercialization of Christmas and getting back to its true meaning. CUP hopes that, in the midst of the post -Thanksgiving Day “Black Friday” sales and other rushes to get the best deals on holiday purchases, this message of peace and goodwill towards all mankind will help set your minds and hearts toward the true essence of the season.

The television production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” made its debut back in 1965, and 56 years later, remains in our hearts as a beloved hallmark of the season. The Peanuts characters, created by Charles Schultz, endeared themselves to the public psyche and by the mid-1960s had become a true phenomenon worldwide.

The Peanuts cartoons never had adult figures portrayed in them. In the animated TV shows, adults were characterized by the comical sounds of a brass instrument, making a “wah-wah-wah” sound. Indeed, it was the concept of “out of the mouths of babes” that enabled Schultz to make human truths both humorous and palatable.

The upcoming CUP production will be peppered with delightful solos by many of your favorite (young and old) CUP singers, including Brandye Kiker, Crissy Ferguson, Katrina Thomas and her children — Avonlea and Connor -— Robert Neel, Doug Roberts and Nika Hinger.

This show is guaranteed to put you in the right frame of mind for the beautiful period of Christmas preparation. There is certainly a sense of nostalgia as we remember our own childhood anticipation of watching this beloved show each Christmas season. But it also instills a revived realization that the message of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is as true today as it was 56 years ago.

This story was posted on November 2, 2016.