You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised 1999) - April 29 - April 30, 2021

Lakewood Middle School

 End Notes 

A Note from the Director:

 

The Peanut cartoons have been a staple in American society (and newspapers!) since the mid-20th century. Many of us grew up enjoying the comedic tales of the infamous Lucy stealing Charlie Brown's football, or Snoopy and Woostock dreaming lazily on top of the doghouse. I personally recall spending my holidays watching the various specials on TV. It is no surprise that these iconic characters, with the popularity they attracted over the decades, soon made it onto the Broadway stage in the early 1970's.

 

This past year has been nothing if not a trying time for us all, and while there is suffering and hurt all around us, in the wake of it all, there is a new glimmer of hope. For the first time in a long time, we can see hope growing bigger and bigger, and we are able to see a light shining at the end of a tunnel. This message of hope also shines through in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". Charlie Brown, while a seemingly clumsy, rather unlucky kid, never ceases to have hope. No matter how many times he loses a baseball game or fails to fly a kite, his hope prevails that one day, he will succeed with flying colors. To me, Charlie Brown embodies the awkward kid in us all, who just wants to do his best. We can learn a lot from him and his band of misfits, as we strive to have hope every day in our own lives.

 

The students who have worked on this production have also shown amazing amounts of hope, dedication, perserverance, and passion. They have put their hearts into this show, and I truly could not ask for a better group of misfits to work with! This show is for them. They deserve all of the recognition and praise. I would also like to heartfully thank my co-directors, Amy and Tori, for their patience with me, as well as making my every day much more fun and creative! I love you both. This show would not have been possible without you. Lastly, thank you to the parents and patrons of the arts for supporting theatre admist the trials and nuances that come with putting on a show during this time! Your support truly means everything. We hope you enjoy the show!

 

-Haley Knudsen

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