Sunday, February 16, 2014

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (1999 Revival) Spring 2014 Musical


YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is the ideal first show for those who would like to do a musical. The cast is small and the routines are simple. There are many short scenes in this staging of a day in the life of Charlie Brown. Fun, laughter and sincerity build the mood. Musical numbers include My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime and Happiness. Join the Peanuts gang in this fast paced, lighthearted musical, guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!


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YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN opened on March 7, 1967 and played for 1,597 performances in New York at the theatre 80 St. Marks with Gary Burghoff in the title role. This version was revived briefly on Broadway in 1971 and played for 32 performances at the John Golden Theatre. A new revival version (YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN ([REVISED]) was presented on Broadway in 1999 and played for 149 performances at the Ambassador Theatre with award-winning performances by Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally.





ATTENTION Drama, Music, Arts and Dance students.  That’s right—all of you performing arts students—it’s time for you to shine in a project for all of our visual and performing arts students and supporters.  The LC Department of Performing Arts has chosen this year’s musical—the 1999 Revised version of YOU’RE  GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN—will hold try-outs and auditions this week.  If you’re interested in acting or working behind the scenes, attend ONE of the general meetings where we’ll talk about our approach to the production, how auditions will work and more.  We would like most students interested in auditioning to attend tomorrow’s general meeting—Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 in the Drama Room.  Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Langdon will be teaching some of the audition music in their classes this week and it will also be reviewed in the GENERAL MEETINGS.  We will be casting 14-20 students as the CHARLIE BROWN GANG and will need a full production team and directing team to create the world of PEANUTS...we will be creating a full living color version of the comic strip for the stage.  NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED TO AUDITION and YOU NEED NOT BE ENROLLED IN DRAMA OR CHOIR TO PARTICIPATE.  Want more information?  Ask an ITS member or check out their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.  


A program note says that the time of the action is "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

It seems to start off all right. After some brief comments on the nature of his character by his friends, Charlie Brown is swept into their center by a rousing tribute of only slightly qualified praise, in the song You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is then left to his own musings as he eats his lunch on the school playground, complicated unbearably by the distant presence of his true love, the "little redheaded girl," who is always just out of sight.

True love also seems to be the only unmanageable element in Lucy's solid life, which we discover as we watch her try to bulldoze her way through to her boyfriend's sensitive, six-year-old musician's heart, in Schroeder. The little scenes then begin to accumulate, and we learn that Lucy's little brother, Linus, is thoughtful about many things but fanatical when it comes to the matter of his blanket; that Patty is sweet and
utterly innocent; and that Charlie Brown's dog spends much if not most of his time thinking of being something else-a gorilla, a jungle cat, perhaps a handsome trophy or two-but that mostly his life is a pleasant one-Snoopy.

The events continue to trickle on. Linus enjoys a private time with his most favorite thing of all -My Blanket and Me, Lucy generously bothers to inform him of her ambition-of-the-moment, to become a queen with her won queendom, and then Charlie Brown lurches in for still another bout with his own friendly enemy -The Kite.

Valentine's Day comes and goes with our hero receiving not one single valentine, which brings him to seek the temporary relief of Lucy's five-cent psychiatry booth-The Doctor Is In.

We then watch as four of our friends go through their individual struggles with the homework assignment of writing a hundred word essay of "Peter Rabbit" in The Book Report.

Act Two roars in with Snoopy lost in another world atop his dog house. As a World War One flying ace he does not bring down the infamous Red Baron in today's battle but we know that someday, someday he will.

The day continues. We learn of the chaotic events of the Very Little League's Baseball Game as Charlie Brown writes the news to his pen pal. Lucy is moved to conduct a personal survey to find out just how crabby she really is, and all the group gathers for a misbegotten rehearsal of a song they are to sing in assembly.

It is suppertime, and Snoopy once more discovers what wild raptures just the mere presence of his full supper dish can send him into. And then it is evening. The gathered friends sing a little about their individual thoughts of happiness and then they go off, leaving Lucy to make a very un-Lucy-like gesture: she tells Charlie Brown what a good man he is.

None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don't really look like Charles Schulz' "Peanuts" cartoon characters. But this doesn't seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other. -Clark Gesner