You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
by Bradshaw Mountain High School
students at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley reverted to their
younger roots, portraying the beloved characters of Charles Schultz’s
Peanuts gang in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, an entertaining
musical made up of brief glimpses into the characters we know so well. Prepare
for a blanket-obsessed Linus, a Beethoven-obsessed Schroeder, a crabby Lucy, a
hungry beagle who fancies himself a World War I flying ace fighting the Red
Baron, and, of course, the lovable loser Charlie Brown himself.
makes for a sympathetic and often humorous Charlie Brown, letting facial
expression and body language say a lot, whether that be trying to fly a kite,
stressing over the Little Red-Haired Girl, or getting some counseling from
resident psychiatrist Lucy Van Pelt (with Nina Vaccaro really getting
into her Lucy role for that scene).
cast also includes Michael Sylvestre as Lucy’s calm, intelligent,
philosophizing little brother Linus, Brian Deblois as piano-focused
Schroeder who can’t seem to shake the affections of crabby Lucy, and Stephanie
Morales as an easygoing Peppermint Patty. And, last but not least, Clay
Lightfoot flies high as Charlie Brown’s hilarious dog who enjoys many of
the best lines as the furry faced, sugar lipped beagle who curses the Red Baron and
absolutely lives for Suppertime!
Director Jantina Russell’s show is a
mostly black box production with minimal props and scenery, and a minimal cast
of six as well (no Sally in this one). That means it was all on the actors’
shoulders to pull it off, and they did a fine job, all backed up nicely by
members of their high school orchestra.
Performed April 20-22, 2006.
National Youth Theatre
~ Cast ~
Charlie Brown: Steven Legler
Snoopy: Clay Lightfoot
Linus: Michael Sylvestre
Lucy: Nina Vaccaro
Schroeder: Brian Deblois
Patty: Stephanie Morales
Director: Jantina Russell, Katie Reuter, and Amie Cobb