For 50 years the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” has brought to life Charles M. Schulz’s comic series about Charlie Brown, Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, Linus and Snoopy. In the SCCC production opening Friday, audiences of all ages will learn that “Happiness is” a simple joy, said director and SCCC drama instructor, Michele Van Hessen.
“The vibrant cast offers an authenticity only possible from performers who understand the age of the characters they are portraying,” said Van Hessen.
The cast features Matthew Schmitt as Charlie Brown, Biviana Rodriguez as Lucy Van Pelt, Jose Alex Alvarado as Snoopy, Andy Dinh as Linus Van Pelt, Rebecca Frydendall as Sally and David Adams as Schroeder. Brittany Brooks, Keli Kent, Miles Lane and Rosa Strydom join the cast as chorus members along with Arron Hardin who will also play Charlie Brown on Sunday, April 15.
“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” creative production team includes musical director Dr. Magda Silva and musical conductor Darin Workman.
“Snoopy’s dog house is on loan for the production from former mayor Joe Denoyer. Dustin Farmer, SCCC’s Art instructor is at the forefront for helping build the set and student Rosa Strydom designed the scenic backdrop,” said Van Hessen. “We’re thankful for the collaborative spirit in the community, which has enlivened our efforts.”
Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, in the Showcase Theater of the Shank Humanities Building on the SCCC campus. To reserve tickets by phone, call 620-417-1451. $8/adults, $6/ teens and seniors (65+), free for children 12 and under, SCCC students with ID Free.
The production is produced by special arrangements with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.