Lively day with Char­lie Brown

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip in­clud­ing Char­lie Brown, Snoopy and Li­nus will be brought to life in You’re a Good Man Char­lie Brown, Bal­lina Play­ers’ Jan­uary youth mu­si­cal. The show opens with Sally say­ing help­fully: ‘‘The only thing wrong with my big brother, Char­lie Brown, is his stu­pid­ity, his clum­si­ness, his in­fe­ri­or­ity and his lack of con­fi­dence.’’ With an en­dorse­ment like that, it’s no won­der Char­lie has a self-im­age prob­lem even though ev­ery­one as­sures him he is a good man. Char­lie sets out to dis­cover what it really means to be a good man and how he can be­come one. None of the cast is ac­tu­ally six years old, so the set and props are over­sized to cre­ate the il­lu­sion they are smaller and younger. They speak to each other with the open­ness of that early child­hood time and the ac­tion is episodic, cre­at­ing a kind of a day in the life of Char­lie Brown. The mu­si­cal com­edy, which is di­rected for Bal­lina Play­ers by Mike Shee­han and Jaime Whit­ting­ham, was cre­ated in 1967 with mu­sic and lyrics by Clark Ges­ner.

plays Play­ers The­atre, Bal­lina, from Jan­uary 11-20. Call (02) 6686 2440 to book.

Danika Saul as Sally and Brad Somerville as Char­lie Brown

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