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REVIEW: Charlie Brown a musical for all ages

Performers keep the audience laughing throughout the production

Review by Lauren Collins

If you have grandchildren visiting this summer or you just want to reminisce about your childhood, Bard To Broadway’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is the show to see.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown shows glimpses into the lives of the Peanuts characters over the span of a few months.

Adults and children alike will find themselves laughing at the antics of the well-known Peanuts characters.

The musical opens with the title track You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown showcasing the casts’  stellar vocals and harmonies.

Lucy van Pelt (played by Chelsea Keene) and Sally Brown’s (played by Belle Warner) voices stood out throughout the ensemble pieces, and in their own songs Schroeder and My New Philosophy respectively.

It’s whenever Charlie Brown (played by Joshua Holloway) is on stage, that the kids in the audience could be heard giggling.

Lucy has her moment with her unrequited love Schroeder (played by Nicholas Atkinson) which get the audience laughing at her dramatics.

It’s hard not to love Linus van Pelt (played by Ben Loyst) and his ever-present blanket and intelligence.

As usual, Snoopy (played Jocelyn Dickson) garners plenty of laughs from the audience — mostly from the adults — as he (or she, since director Kathy Harper chose to cast a female Snoopy “because it’s 2016”) flies through the air searching for the Red Baron.

It’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement from the show since the cast looked like they were having fun themselves while they were on stage.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical based off of Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strips Peanuts. The musical premiered off-Broadway in 1967.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is playing July 14-15, 20-22, 29-30 and Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and July 31 and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Village Theatre.  Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and students and $12 for children.

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