Charlie Brown prepares to hit City’s stage

After weeks of auditions, improvisation, revisions and rehearsals, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will finally hit the Saville Theatre  this month.

Many factors went into the decision to bring Charlie Brown to City College, the most of which important being family.

“The average age of City College students is 41. Therefore, there are many young families with parents attending,” said June Richards, who will work alongside her co-director, Alicia Rincon, and musical director, Michael Farley, to put on the production.“We think it is a wonderful show for families.”

The play is a musical comedy that follows Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and his friends. It combines characters from Charlez Schultz’s beloved “Peanuts” cartoon with music and lyrics from Clark Gesner. It first premiered in New York in the 1960s.

“I lived in Santa Rosa when I returned to college. I knew where Charles Schulz lived, and was privileged to see the characters, as rendered by a sculptor near his house,” said Richards.

The theatre department will observe and take inspiration from both the Broadway play and animated version of the show.

This attention to detail will be reflected in the casting.

“They have very distinctive voices and the characters are reflective of 50 years of Charles Schulz’s perception of America. He had a clear vision as to what his characters would do and what they wouldn’t do,” said Richards.

Richards stressed the importance  of utilizing a cast that would be a reflection of the diverse community on campus.  “All of our shows are created around the concept of ensemble,” she said. “There are no leads. Everyone is equally important.”

Additionally, Richards admires Schulz’s charity. The theatre will work to extend tickets to different organizations and groups, including a partnership with Washington Street Elementary School, where a large proportion of students live in various shelters.

“Our students, staff, and faculty are all excited about the show,” she said. “We are certain our audiences will deeply appreciate a wonderful evening of entertainment.”
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will open at the Saville Theatre April 13 and play for three weekends before closing April 29.

Friday and Saturday performances will start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10, cash or check.