The lights will go up at the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on May 13, 14 and 15, when the Blair Academy Players present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Based on the long-running “Peanuts” cartoon by Charles M. Schultz, this musical tells the story of that lovable everyman, Charlie Brown. Limited seating is available at each performance for members of the campus community.
Directed by veteran theatre and English teacher Craig Evans, the Players’ production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown features all the familiar elements of the beloved comic strip. Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally and Schroeder join Charlie Brown in his quest to fly a kite, pitch a winning baseball game and talk to his crush, the famous little red-haired girl. Audience members can look forward to renditions of the popular title song, "Happiness," as well as "Suppertime" and "The Kite Song" sung by the Players’ all-female cast and accompanied by a pit band of Broadway professionals.
“The voices of the six cast members are a real highlight of the production,” Mr. Evans said. He noted that the choice of a musical with a small cast was purposeful this year, given Blair’s health-and-safety protocols and the extra distancing required for a musical production. “Having so few cast members has made it easier to maintain proper distancing backstage and in our onstage blocking. As it turned out, exactly the same number of people auditioned as there were parts in the show!”
Sadie Donnelly ’22, who plays Charlie Brown, has enjoyed getting to know all of her fellow cast mates as rehearsals have progressed. “The show is so fun and playful, and the songs are so catchy,” she added. “It really makes you feel like an elementary student again—I am so excited for everyone to see it!”
Members of the on-campus community can reserve seating at one of the three performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by emailing Mr. Evans at email@example.com.
The cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown:
Samantha Antonelli ’22 (Snoopy)
Lucy Clayton ’21 (Sally Brown)
Sadie Donnelly ’22 (Charlie Brown)
Vivien Sheriden ’22 (Linus Van Pelt)
Linda Thomas-Galloway ’21 (Schroeder)
Hanna Wilke ’23 (Lucy Van Pelt)
Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schultz, the book, music and lyrics for YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN are by Clark Gesner. Additional dialogue is by Michael Mayer, and additional music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa.
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com