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MUSICAL AND FARCE WILL CLOSE SEASON 'MOON,' 'CHARLIE BROWN' OPEN NEXT WEEK.

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NEWHALL - The Canyon Theatre Guild will wrap up its 2003-04 season with a Broadway musical and a backstage farce set in a theater.

``Moon Over Buffalo'' will open Friday, and ``You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'' will open May 29, at the Newhall theater.

The Tony Award-winning ``Charlie Brown,'' directed by Sharon Cummings, will feature singers and dancers playing the roles of America's favorite comic strip characters.

Guild newcomer Jeff Vincent will play the title character, with Jan Marie Rennels as his sister, Sally; Leslie Berra as Lucy; and Trevor Kimball as her brother, Linus.

Garrett Finley is Schroeder, with George Chavez II as Snoopy. Also flitting about the stage will be Woodstock and company, played by Megan Hayes, Kara Hayes and Grace Kimball.

``Charles Schulz blessed us with our lovable Peanuts characters for 50 years,'' Cummings said. ``His simple drawings express real-life adult feelings in the world of small children. Every one of us, whether we're 5 or 95, can find a piece of themselves in these characters.''

The revival of ``Charlie Brown'' opened on Broadway in 1999, 32 years after its original version opened off-Broadway. The 1999 production garnered several Tony Awards.

``I love these characters and feel extremely fortunate to have found actors who can bring them to life,'' Cummings said. ``I love shows that leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling and this production is guaranteed to do just that.''

Performances of ``Charlie Brown'' are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees scheduled for May 30, June 6 and June 27. Evening performances are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. June 13, 20, 27 and July 2-3.

Tickets are $12-$16 for adults and $9-$12 for students and seniors.

``Moon Over Buffalo'' is a comedy running from Friday to July 3.

``This is one of the funniest farces ever written for the stage,'' said director TimBen Boydston.

``Buffalo'' was written by Ken Ludwig, who also wrote ``Lend Me a Tenor,' which the guild staged three years ago.

The play is a backstage farce about an acting couple on tour in Buffalo, N.Y. It's filled with misunderstandings and madcap misadventures, magnified by the leading lady's deaf mother, who manages the theater, and her leading man (and husband), who is often drunk and confused.

Fate gives these thespians one more shot at starring roles when they learn that director Frank Capra is en route to see their matinee performance.

The ensemble includes Steve Marshall as George Hay, Barbara Huntington as Charlotte Hay, Marla Khayat as Ethel, Ingrid Boydston as Rosalind, Jeff Lucas as Howard and Michael Collins as Paul. Sharing the role of Eileen are Alanna Blair and Felice Wurst, and sharing the role of Richard are Paul Strickland and Ed Hill.

``Moon Over Buffalo'' will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except July 3), with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees June 13 and 20. Tickets are $9-$12 for adults and $7-$9 for students and seniors.

For tickets, call the box office at (661) 799-2702.

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The cast of the Canyon Theatre Guild's production of ``You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'' will stage the show throughout June.
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