Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang will be brought to life on the stage of Brown Auditorium at McPherson College next week.
The musical “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” imagines what comes after Charles Schultz sets down the pencils to the long-running comic strip and calls it a night. The set, designed by Dr. Rick Tyler, professor of speech and theatre and director of the musical, is a gigantic version of an artist's drafting table.
““The idea is that Charles Schultz leaves for the night and the characters come to life and tell a day in the life of Charlie Brown,” Tyler said. “It’s so different and to me it’s a lot more creative.”
The set allows for the cast, which includes senior Josh Hall as the titular Charlie Brown, to use oversized desk supplies as the props for the show's scenes. For instance, Lucy's famous psychology stand is initially a box of matches.
For Hall, the production stands as his senior project and makes a bookend for his education in theatre.
“It was the first show that I saw, and I knew that I wanted to do theatre,” he said. “It’s what started it all, so I thought it would be good to finish with it as well.”
The cast includes: Josh Hall, senior, Kansas City, Kan. (Charlie Brown); Addie Johnson, senior, McPherson, Kan. (Lucy Van Pelt); Brant Busse ’06, director of residence life and residence director of Metzler Hall (Schroeder); Chandler Dohe, sophomore, Limon, Colo. (Snoopy); Aubrey Hollinger, sophomore, Lyons, Kan. (Sally Brown); Chris Rakowski, senior, Joppa, Md. (Linus Van Pelt).
The crew is: Dr. Rick Tyler, professor of speech and theatre (director); Dr. Joshua Norris, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities (musical director); Kyle Hopkins, associate professor of music and director of bands (orchestra director); James Covel, senior, Goddard, Kan. (stage manager); Eric Johnson ’89 of McPherson, Kan. (technical director).
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown runs Oct. 2-3 and then again Oct. 9-10. Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. for all performances.
You can get more information by calling 242-0444 or by emailing [email protected]