Family-friendly Musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Comes To Wilsonville High School’s Mainstage
Comic strip fans of all ages are sure to appreciate this fourth and final production for the school year. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a small musical composed of vignettes taken from a day in the life of everyone’s favorite “Blockhead” opens on the Wilsonville High School Main Stage on Thursday May 8th and runs for two weekends.
The musical, based on the comic strip Peanuts, was originally produced off-Broadway in 1967 with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, and was revived in 1999 with a key character, Sally, Charlie Brown’s precocious little sister added in.
The show tackles the topics of being the best you can be, blanket fixations, and childhood crushes, with Charlie Brown (senior Aaron Gilbert) alternately longing for and fearing attention from the Little Red-haired Girl, while Lucy (senior Justine Cohen) ceaselessly flirts with the Beethoven-worshiping pianist, Schroeder (senior Jason Kummerman).
Kids of all ages will likely chuckle along in recognition when Linus (sophomore Mark Pintar), Lucy, Schroeder, and Charlie Brown share in rounds of song how they will each tackle their impending book report deadline to write about “Peter Rabbit.”
As in the long-famous comic strip by Charles Shultz, it’s hard to stop Snoopy (junior Olivia Klugman) from stealing the show. Snoopy is especially crowd-pleasing when he imagines himself a World War I flying ace attempting to shoot down his arch-enemy the Red Baron or when we leads the entire cast in a rousing rendition of the song “Suppertime.”
Other popular songs from the show that many parents may recall from days gone by include the theme song, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Snoopy’s ballad, “Snoopy,” and the closing song, “Happiness.” A popular recent addition is Sally’s “My New Philosophy,” (sung by junior Aubrey Slaughter) which is sure to tickle the funny bones of kids from toddlers to teens.
By the end of a trying day, Charlie Brown is still not sure whether he is a Good Man or not. But considering that Sally received a D on her homework assignment, Lucy has socked her brother for helping her with her crabbiness survey, and Schroeder’s Glee Club rehearsal has completely fallen apart, maybe Charlie Brown can stop being so wishy-washy and figure it all out.
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is directed by John Fitzgerald in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium with choreography by WHS alumna Samantha Lockyear.
Asked why he thought this show would be a good way to end the theatre season, Fitzgerald says, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a great way to end this very successful season for a number of reasons. Our goal has been to provide as many opportunities for students to participate in theatre as possible and this show helps us do that. This is a really fun musical with recognizable characters and lots of fun singing and dancing. This dose of joy seems a great way to end of the school year. Finally, the show has a really sweet message that despite the stress and pressures of daily life, we can find happiness in anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.”
The production runs May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17th at 7 pm with a matinee on the 17th at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased through the theatre department website, www.wildcatdrama.com or at the door the night of the show. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. The WHS box office now accepts cash, checks, debit and credit cards.