Blue Mountain College Theater Presents:
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schultz
Music and Lyrics by Clark M. Gesner
Performance Information: February 21,23, 24,25
Evenings: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday,Thursday
The “Peanuts” comic strip of Charles Shultz will come to life on the stage of Garrett Hall on the Blue Mountain College campus Feb. 21-25 when the Department of Fine Arts and Speech presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The acclaimed Broadway musical includes the wit and wisdom of Shultz with more than a dozen songs performed by the six BMC student actors. “This one of those shows that when you walk out of the theatre, you feel good,” said Jim Andre, associate professor at BMC and the show’s director. “It’s a day in the life of Charlie Brown – his having to deal with his nemesis Lucy, his inability to attract attention from the Little Red-Haired Girl ... with issues that we all face, with the insecurities that we all have.”
Andre said this production is a departure from BMC’s usually larger spring musical production. “Charlie Brown has a much smaller cast, but the music is still just as good,” he said. “Much like the comic strip, the music sounds simple and fun, but it’s really pretty complex. Our students have done a really good job with the numbers.”
Charlie Brown is also challenging for the student actors, Andre said, “Because they have to be children but sing like adults. That’s a pretty difficult trick to pull off, but our students do it and do it well.”
The role of Charlie Brown will be played by Daniel Rodgers, a junior from Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Ciara Boyle, a freshman from Holly Springs, will play Lucy; Kyle Davis, a senior from Spring Hill, Tenn., will play Snoopy; Jody Blake a senior from Blue Springs, is Schroeder; Sally will be played by Mandy Lane, a junior from Hernando; and Jon Clay Cooper, a senior from Pontotoc, will play Linus. Dr. Jerri Lamar Kantack, associate professor of music at BMC, is the musical director.
“Audiences of all ages will enjoy Charlie Brown,” Andre said. “Our fall show, Into the Woods, was a little darker and more for adult audiences. But this is a show for grown-ups and kids – and for the kids inside all of us grown-ups.”
Ticket prices for the evening shows are $7 for adults and $5 students. All matinee tickets are $5.