"You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on stage at Andes this week


Andes — The Peanuts Gang, characters from Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip, will invade the Andes Central School (ACS) stage on Friday and Saturday nights, May 21 and 22.  ACS students will perform “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” a musical production based on Schulz’s famous comic strip.  Show times both evenings are scheduled for 7 p.m.
“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” a musical comedy with music and lyrics written by Clark Gesner, is a rollicking night of entertainment, a great show for kids from one to 91. Charles M. Schulz’s world-famous comic strip was adapted for the stage and debuted in March of 1967. The off-Broadway production was a major hit with a run of over 1,500 shows.
Gesner’s production highlights slices of a typical day in the life of Charlie Brown.  From morning to night, the audience follows Charlie Brown and all his Peanuts friends through the ups and downs that come with childhood, moments of optimism and despair.  Themes in the play involve home, school and neighborhood life.
The Andes production will star Russell Koronowski as Charlie Brown.  The ACS production realistically features the interplay between brother and sister with the Andrews siblings, Rachel and Jonathan, playing Lucy and Linus Van Pelt.
Snoopy, a favorite character in Schulz’s comic strip, is played by Zachery Grapes. Two seniors, John Smith and James Litaker, share the role of Schroeder with Smith handling the spoken lines and Litaker promising to bring down the house with his rendition of “Beethoven’s Day.” The teamwork continues with Kaitlin Mackay and Kally Lauther sharing the role of Sally Brown. Lauther will be handling the singing parts.
The ACS production expands Glesner’s cast to include two additional characters: Pig Pen and Woodstock.  Pig Pen will be played by Cody Ruff, and Woodstock by Nathan Tuch.
John Bernhardt will be directing the show. Bernhardt is receiving lots of help from the ACS music department. Janice Armstrong is the musical director, Sandi Reynolds has prepared a 5th- and 6th-grade chorus to perform in the show, and Tamara Snyder has provided tips and suggestions on a host of performance issues.  Kent Brown will provide musical accompaniment from the piano.
Tickets are $5 and proceeds from the show will support the ACS Class of 2010.