You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Stage Right Performing Arts | Fall 2016
Ward staged Charlie Brown with ambitious blend of spectacle and efficiency. This episodic, nostalgia inducing musical, which lends its wit and humor to small, cartoon children dealing with everyday problems with adult states of mind, was treated with a psychical, slapstick style. Ward pushed his young actors (A high school cast and a middle school cast) far beyond the page to physically manifest the humor into pratfalls, stage punches, and in the case of the Flying Ace, creating lift and turbulence with their bodies. Ward answered the rapid firing of gags in the script with largely representational staging and mimery. The show was a lesson to the actors and audience members that everybody sucks but attitude is everything.
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*Due to the young ages of the performers, their names will not listed here and they will not be tagged in photos.
Artistic Director: Donna West
Executive Director: Scott West
Director: Mitchell J. Ward
Musical Director: Margo Mikkelson
Costume Designer: Austin Skibbie
Stage Manager: Aly Brooke
Lighting Mixer: Rachael Carney
Sound Engineer: Sean Weston
Set Construction: Olivia West, Grace Kingery,Mitchell J. Ward
"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.''"
"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 a we just had a dance break for an hour or so."
"Being in the cast of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown was amazing, and I love everyone in the cast so much."