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Yellow Door Theatre brings ‘Charlie Brown’ musical to stage
The Yellow Door Theatre Project is bringing the musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” to its Virgil studio stage for four shows on March 11 and 12. Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m. Clockwise from left: Left and clockwise Avery Kasper (Charlie Brown), Alex Bergshoeff (Snoopy), Liam Marriott (Schroeder), Diego Rey (Linus), Leah Hyatt (Sally), Catherine Dubois (Sally) and Maya Sternin (Sally). Supplied

The Yellow Door Theatre Project is bringing the musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” to the stage for four shows on March 11 and 12.

It will be performed in studio at 504 Line 2 in Virgil at 2 and 7 p.m. on both dates. Tickets are $15.

Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schultz, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” was written by Clark Gesner.

The show opened on Broadway in 1967 and won two Drama Desk-Vernon Rice Awards for director and performer, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding production. 

It explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown (played by Avery Kasper) and his friends, as they play baseball, send valentines, sing songs and share friendship.

The series of vignettes and songs features Lucy van Pelt (Catherinee Dubois) as Charlie Brown’s strong-minded friend, who analyzes his character in “The Doctor Is In.”

Lucy dominates over her younger brother, Linus (Diego Rey), but shares a special bond with him as well, as she instructs him in her view of life in “Little Known Facts.”

For his part, Linus is a child prodigy in philosophy, calmly delivering wisdom and support to Charlie Brown, while also clinging to his blanket as he sings, “My Blanket and Me.”

Lucy sings “Schroeder” to her heartthrob, the musician Schroeder (Liam Marriott), who rarely looks up from his piano long enough to notice her.

Sally, Charlie Brown’s little sister, (Leah Hyatt and Maya Sternin), who sings “My New Philosophy”, rounds out the group of friends, while Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy (Alex Bergshoeff) steals the spotlight in his production number, “Suppertime.”

The entire cast highlights some of childhood’s simple joys in the finale, “Happiness,” a beloved classic from the show.

An ensemble of other Peanuts characters sings and dances along in “The Baseball Game,” “Suppertime” and the title number, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

The ensemble is made up of Daya Summers, Eva-Odile Beausoleil, Anwen Marriott, Elina Moussi and Claire Hill.

Yellow Door’s production is directed by artistic producer Andorlie Hillstrom and choreographed by Celeste Brillon.

Music instruction and coaching is by Anthony Scaringi and costume designer is Alexa Fraser. Other participants include set painter and prop builder Lisa Agnew and stage manager Emma Marcy.

The family appropriate production is about one hour long.

Tickets, sold at the door up till showtime, also are available on Eventbrite be searching on Yellow Door Theatre.

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