You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised 1999) - May 01 - May 02, 2021

Honesdale High School

  DIRECTOR'S NOTES  

Dear Friends of the Theater,

 

Welcome to the Honesdale High School Performing Arts Center!

 

We are proud to present to you You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, the Broadway Revival, on our stage with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz in his comic strip Peanuts.  

 

This Broadway production opened at the John Golden Theatre on June 1, 1971, and closed on June 27, 1971, after 32 performances and 15 previews. Directed by Joseph Hardy and with choreography by Patricia Birch, the new cast consisted of Carter Cole as Schroeder, Grant Cowan as Snoopy, Stephen Fenning as Linus, Liz O'Neal as Lucy, Dean Stolber as Charlie Brown, and Lee Wilson as Patty.

 

Later on in years a U.S. tour began on November 18, 1998, in Skokie, Illinois. This revival opened on February 4, 1999, and closed on June 13, 1999, having played only 14 previews and 149 performances. The cast featured Anthony Rapp as Charlie Brown, B.D. Wong as Linus, Ilana Levine as Lucy, and Stanley Wayne Mathis as Schroeder. Also featured were Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart as Sally and Snoopy, with each winning the Tony award in the respective category.

 

In 2016 it had been announced that there was going to an off-Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, using some of the young stars of Broadway. The six-member “Peanuts” gang featured Joshua Colley as Charlie Brown, Gregory Diaz as Schroeder, Aidan Gemme as Snoopy, Milly Shapiro as Sally, Mavis Simpson-Ernst as Lucy, and Jeremy T. Villas as Linus. Graydon Peter Yosowitz played the role of Charlie Brown from June 1-7. The show ran from May 24 – June 26, 2016.

 

OnStage, we join Charlie Brown and the rest of the friends battling with kites, school, baseball and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy. A charming revue of vignettes and songs, spanning the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day from wild optimism to utter despair.  In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness is revealed.  The new script features two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. 

 

We are grateful for our board of directors, administrators, teachers, students, parents, production assistants, stage crew members, community, and the generous support of our Season Sponsorships.  We hope that you will patronize these businesses in show of your support as they have supported the arts in our community!

 

The spirit of collaboration has always been a hallmark of Honesdale.  We believe, with our board of directors, that the Wayne Highlands School District is proud of our success in the area of the three “A’s” Academics, Arts, and Athletics.  Education is a lifelong endeavor. The arts provide opportunities to use valuable critical thinking skills and explore diverse perspectives.

 

Thank you for your attendance and support at this performance.  Now, sit back, relax, and get ready, as we bring the best of Broadway to you through our student musical productions.  Patrons like you make the Center’s presentations possible when the lights go down and the curtain goes up.  For sixty-one years, Honesdale High School Performing Arts have helped define our community both on stage and off.  Enjoy the Show!

 

Sincerely yours,

Scott D. Miller
Executive Director

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