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Musical to be presented at Calvary Lutheran

Students from eight Robbinsdale area churches will perform the musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Former area resident Mark Jensen will be visiting Alexandria, along with a troop of youth actors and adult volunteers, to share their musical production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised).

Jensen grew up in the area, graduating from Hoffman-Kensington High School in 1986. His love for theater influenced his interest in starting a youth musical at House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope 12 years ago.

This year's production will be performed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria on Saturday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is free; everyone is welcome to attend.

About the musical

In 1998, the youth at House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope felt they should celebrate their lives together as young Christians by staging a musical production.

That musical, The Extra Mile, was the first in what has become an annual tradition. Each year, a group of young people ages 11 to 18 from the church and the community of New Hope gather to stage a musical production.

Adult volunteers from the church build scenery, sew costumes, hang lights, design posters, etc.

This year the musical extended its outreach, with more than 20 youth participating from eight Robbinsdale area churches in what is now the 12th production.

This year's musical is You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised). This lovable classic brings the Peanuts characters to life through scenes, song and dance.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Charles Schultz's classic comic strip, first published by the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1950. This musical, originally staged in the late 1960s, was given an update in 1998 through a popular revival on Broadway.

The musical's themes of perseverance, happiness, and love for one another embody the values of the Christian faith.