SHERIDAN — In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Broadway production “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical” the WYO Theater and Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild are bringing the beloved play to local audiences.
Director Pat Tomsovic said the play has actually been performed by the guild once before, 40 years ago. However, it is now updated and revised with more music and more of the familiar Peanuts comic strip characters.
“It is mostly music. The play is like little comic strips,” Tomsovic explained. “There is a little bit of talking and a great big song, a little more talking and a great big song. You will see everything in the show you used to see in the comic strip.”
The play features six of the comic strip characters and the roles are filled by well-known as well as new local actors including Ryan Legler, Erin Kranz, Justin Stroup, Patrick Suchor, Annie Magera and Emily Greer.
“It is a combination of new and old talent,” Tomsovic said. “I am incredibly pleased with it. I happened to get a lot of people try out who are great comic actors. They are funny, funny, funny.”
The play tells the story of an average day in the life of Charlie Brown with appearances from all the other Peanuts characters. As expected, Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and takes great pleasure in tormenting Charlie Brown. Linus loves his blanket. Snoopy lives in his rich imagination. And, Charlie Brown is in love with a mysterious little redheaded girl.
The actors will be assisted by musicians on piano, drums and the stand-up bass who will be directed by Saralee Garber.
Tomsovic said the play is family friendly and should have appeal for people of all ages.
“I think that some people think it is just for kids,” she said. “It is adults in kid roles. I think the humor is just hilarious. I think it should have mass appeal. There is a lot of action in the play, but then the songs are great and the humor is funny.”
“We have the greatest set in the world,” she added. “It all looks like a cartoon. We have the psychiatric booth, Snoopy’s dog house, it is all there.”
Theater-goers will have several chances to catch the production. It will run March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., March 24 at 2 p.m. and March 28 through 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the WYO Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military members and students.