Peanuts character Franklin is focus of Clinton Center program today at noon

Today at noon at the Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall, Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly will share the story of a schoolteacher who changed the course of Peanuts history.

During this special presentation, “The Story of Franklin: Just Another Kid in Peanuts,” the duo will describe their roles in the creation of Franklin, the first African American character in the Peanuts comic strips. The event will be held in conjunction with the two temporary exhibits, “Pigskin Peanuts” and “Heartbreak in Peanuts.”

In the wake of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Glickman, a Los Angeles school teacher, began a vibrant correspondence with Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, as a result of her outreach to nationally syndicated cartoonists regarding the lack of diversity in popular comic strips.

She shared the response she received from Mr. Schulz with Ken Kelly, a longtime friend and father with young children, who then wrote a letter of support to Schulz from the perspective of an African American parent.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN inaugurates new Studio Theatre in downtown LR

TST YAGMCBLittle Rock’s newest downtown performance space opens tonight.  The premier production of The Studio Theatre is You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz with book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner.  Additional songs were written by Andrew Lippa.

The show is directed by Jeremy Hall and musical directed by Bob Bidewell.  Drew Samuelson is the technical director.

The cast for the show is Mark Burbank-Charlie Brown, Rachel Garrett Bland – Lucy, Sam Barker-Linus, Gabi Baltzley-Sally, Brandon Nichols-Snoopy and Kent Wulf-Schroeder.

The show runs June 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 at 7:30pm.  There is a special performance on Sunday, June 22 at 5:00pm.

For more information, visit www.thestudiotheatre.org