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Lionheart looking to cast the perfect Peanuts

Can your son deliver a heartfelt monologue about the true meaning of Christmas while clutching his trusty blue blanket? Does your daughter dispense psychoanalytical wisdom for a nickel a pop?

If so, you're in luck, because the Lionheart Theatre Company is looking for a few good Peanuts.

They'll be holding open auditions for an upcoming holiday production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 2 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at Norcross Community and Cultural Arts Center, 10 Britt St., Norcross.

Based on the Emmy-winning 1965 animated TV special of the same name (which was, in turn, an adaptation of the classic Charles Schultz comic strip), the show will open Dec. 1 at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Performers ages 5 to 13 will be asked to do a cold reading and sing a short Christmas song.

Hopefully, it will mark the first and only time your child aspires to be labeled a blockhead.

Call 770-806-0935 or visit www.lionhearttheatre.org.

OTC offers a day of improv

Even the cast members of "Whose Line is it Anyway" had to get their start somewhere.

If improvisational comedy is your forte, if you strive to be the next Ryan Stiles or simply long to run away from home and join the Groundlings, you can master the basics of spontaneous comedy with a little help from the Off the Cobb Comedy troupe, right here in Lawrenceville.

With separate instructional workshops for teens and adults, the OTC crew offers fast-paced lessons in a relaxed environment, incorporating scenarios similar to those seen on NBC's "Thank God You're Here" or the aforementioned Drew Carey-hosted ABC hit. Vocal exercises and group improvisations are also part of the curriculum.

Workshops for teens ages 12 to 17 are $30 per person and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while adult classes are $40 and scheduled for 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The classes will be held Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, 12 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville. Call 678-525-5008 or visit www.offthecobb.com.

Theatrical Outfit goes Southern Gothic

At some point, all kids wish Atticus Finch was their dad.

Immortalized on the big screen by the incomparable Gregory Peck, the character became an archetype for the perfect father, and was even named the greatest hero in cinematic history by the American Film Institute.

Needless to say, he serves as the moral center of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird," in which he's the only lawyer in a sleepy Southern town willing to stand up for Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.

In the Theatrical Outfit production of the story, running through Oct. 7, Executive Artistic Director Tom Key takes on the role of the noble Alabama attorney, with the rest of the cast populated by familiar Atlanta faces like Eric Moore, Donna Biscoe and Carolyn Cook.

The show will be performed Wednesdays through Sundays at the Balzer Theater at Herren's, 84 Luckie St., Atlanta. Call 678-528-1500 or visit www.theatricaloutfit.org