On October 2, 1950, cartoonist Charles Schulz published the first of 17,897 comic strips named Peanuts, a series which has been called, "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being." (Wiki) In 1967, Clark Gesner first produced his stage adaptation based on Peanuts characters, entitled "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The musical plays under the direction of Michael Littman Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM, and you should see it!
The play is comprised of fourteen sketches that suggest Schulz's comic strips. Each is a stand-alone character study, exploring the world views of children grappling with confidence and doubt, hope and--throughout--optimism. The music, dance and acting of this small, talented cast draws us into a simple world. But through the simplicity of children, we experience the complexities of life.
Many years ago, Clark Gesner observed, "None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don't really look like Charles Schulz's 'Peanuts' cartoon characters. But this doesn't seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other."
Spend a little time with the cast and crew before or after the show, and you'll see that that fondness is genuine.
For a fun evening of laughs and love, call for seats at 603-735-6870.