Oct 252016
 

Peoples Playhouse Presents…

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Original Direction for this version of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer
Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical
On behalf of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

Production Team
Director: David Krause
Assistant to the Director: Steven Howell
Choreographer: Leah Osburn
Musical Director: Maddy Corbel
Production Manager: Heather Krause
Stage Manager: Ashleigh Boyce
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with Sets, Props and Costumes. Please contact Heather on charliebrown.productionmanager@gmail.com for further information.

Synopsis
The time of the action for ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN’ is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown”. It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair. These are all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. Joining all these moments together are some wonderful, beautiful and uplifting songs. This show is fun and colorful, simple but challenging and most of all joyous and positive.
Contact
Email (preferred): charliebrown.productionmanager@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PeoplesPlayhouseTheatreCompany
Phone: 0402 197 390
Website: www.peoplesplayhouse.com

Performance Dates
We will be performing 6 shows at the Cranbourne Community Theatre in April 2017
Friday April 7th @7.30pm
Saturday April 8th @2pm & 7.30pm
Thursday April 13th @7.30pm
Saturday April 15th @2pm & 7.30pm
Auditions bookings (online) will open at the close of the information session. Details will be given at the information session and will be available on our Facebook Page on Wednesday October 19th.

Audition Dates
Thursday October 27th 6pm-9.30pm
Friday October 28th 6pm-9.30pm
Sunday October 30th 1pm-6pm
Callbacks (if required) Tuesday November 1st 6pm-9pm

Audition Requirements
All auditionees are required to attend two separate auditions – one for Vocal/Acting and one for Dance. These will be videoed strictly for casting purposes. Auditions can be booked online by following the link on our website or Facebook page. Audition forms are available online. Please complete this and bring to your first audition (vocal or dancing) and attach a current headshot.

Vocal/Acting Audition: Prepare 2 contrasting songs in the style of the show – but NOT from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. We may not hear the entirety of both songs, so pick the two minutes of each song that best shows your vocal range. Please bring backing tracks. Part of your vocal audition may include vocal testing using scales. Scripts for your chosen character can be downloaded when booking your audition. Hard copies will also available at the audition. We do not expect you to memorise the script, you can have it with you for this part of the audition. What we are looking for is how you use your voice to convey the character’s personality, emotions, and state of mind.
Dance Audition: The group dance audition will be approximately 20 minutes. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Rehearsals
Our rehearsals are held on each Friday from 6-9.30pm and Sunday 1-5pm starting on Friday Nov 4th. The last rehearsal for the year will be Sunday Dec 10th, and rehearsals will resume back on Friday Jan 20th. An intense weekend of rehearsing has been designated for Nov 25th, 26th and 27th and March 3rd, 4th and 5th. Other extra rehearsals may be called in consultation with cast.
Our sitz probe will be held on Sunday April 2nd, with in-theatre rehearsals on Mon 3rd April, Tues 4th April, Wed 5th April and Thurs 6th April. All in-theatre rehearsals and sitz probe are compulsory for all cast.

Roles
The production team is looking for approximately 25 talented teenagers for this production.
CHARLIE BROWN –A lovable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a “permanent case of bad luck”. He is often taken advantage of by his peers.
SNOOPY – He is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle, and is owned and cared for by Charlie Brown although at times it is not clear who is in charge. Snoopy is blessed with a rich fantasy life and a very cool attitude.
LUCY VAN PELT – A crabby, bossy, selfish girl! She is especially mean to Charlie Brown and her “stupid” little brother Linus. Lucy is in love with Schroeder who has NO interest in her whatsoever. Lucy is loud, obnoxious and has a very strong personality.
LINUS VAN PELT – He is Lucy’s little brother. Linus always means well and tries to smooth over any storms that arise amongst the gang. A source of frustration for him is Lucy, who always belittles him, particularly over his “stupid blanket” which is always at his side. He and Shermy are Charlie Brown’s best friends.
SALLY BROWN – Charlie Brown’s younger sister. Sally has a “take it easy” approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Sally has philosophies on life although they are not the most well thought out philosophies, basically being phrases such as, “Who cares?”, “Why me?”, and “How should I know?”.
SCHROEDER- He is a piano playing prodigy with a love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder but since Beethoven is a lifelong bachelor, Schroeder feels that he must emulate every aspect of his idol’s life.
PEPPERMINT PATTY– Patty is a star athlete and Captain of the opposing baseball team. She is lazy, not too bright and still doesn’t realize Snoopy is a dog. He is just a “funny looking kid with a big nose”. She is best friends with Marcie.
MARCIE– She is a bespectacled bookworm and intellect. She is Peppermint Patty’s sidekick and calls her “sir”. It bothers her that Peppermint Patty is such a poor student though she continually tries to help her.
PIG PEN– A young boy who has a cloud of dirt that constantly follows him. He can get dirty even by walking in a rainstorm. He is kind and while the kids tolerate him, they are disgusted by his filth, especially Lucy.
FREIDA – Frieda is very proud of her “naturally curly hair”. Frieda believes the other girls are jealous of her hair. She believes people expect more from her because she has naturally curly hair. She annoys Lucy.
WOODSTOCK – Snoopy’s best friend and sidekick. Woodstock joins in many of Snoopy’s fantasy games. The pair sometimes argue but they always hug and make up and their disagreements are quickly forgiven and forgotten. Woodstock never speaks normal words (though she can sing!). The only one who can understand Woodstock’s speech is Snoopy.
VIOLET GRAY – She is a bit of a snob. She is proud of her appearance and her status. She constantly brags. Charlie Brown puts up with her because she is the best 3rd base player on the baseball team.
SHERMY – Next to Linus, Shermy is Charlie Brown’s best friend.He is superior to Charlie Brown in sports. He is the best player on the baseball team. Charlie Brown idolizes Shermy and can’t believe he is his friend.
LITTLE RED HEADED GIRL – The beautiful love interest of Charlie Brown. She is a sweet, kind and beautiful girl.
ENSEMBLE – There are many other characters who all sing & dance and are featured in MANY numbers, with great opportunities to develop other Peanuts characters.

Type of production
Musical

Company Name and Suburb
Peoples Playhouse – Frankston

State
Victoria