You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Stage Right Performing Arts
Kansas City, Fall 2016
Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness is revealed. The new script features two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.
"My favorite memory was in Charlie Brown when Mitch told us how to tell a joke. He told the joke and everyone laughed and started dancing around and we just had a dance break for an hour or so."
Artistic Director: Donna West
Executive Director: Scott West
Director: Mitchell J. Ward
Music Director: Margo Mikkelson
Costume Designer: Austin Skibby
Stage Manager: Aly Inglish
Lighting Designer: Rachael Carney
Sound Engineer: Sean Weston
Technical Director: Oliva West
Projection Designer: Sadie Klein
"One of my favorite 2016 camp memories was when Mitch took the Charlie Brown cast outside to look at the moon. He talked about how that was the closest the moon had been to the Earth in a long time. He said something along the lines of, 'How you feel right now - is how you should feel in the song 'Happiness.''"
Photos by Aly Inglish