Spot­light’s mu­si­cal made for Peanuts ....................

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - You’re a Good Man, Char­lie Brown plays Spot­light The­atre Thurs­days to Satur­days at 7.30pm from to­mor­row un­til March 16 with 2pm mati­nees on March 3 and 10.

CRE­AT­ING a qual­ity the­atre show that is en­ter­tain­ing for kids and adults is not an easy task.

How­ever, the story

and struc­ture of You’re a Good Man, Char­lie

Brown rises to the chal­lenge.

Based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip, with mu­sic and lyrics by Clark Ges­ner, the char­ac­ter of Char­lie Brown ex­plored a new av­enue in comics: a real per­son, with a real psy­che and real prob­lems. The reader knew him, knew his fears and un­der­stood his sense of in­fe­ri­or­ity and alien­ation.

Spot­light The­atri­cal Com­pany opens its 2013 Main The­atre sea­son with the cel­e­brated characters of Schulz’s comic strip

Peanuts in a clas­si­cal mu­si­cal form.

The show stars Bryn Jenke as Char­lie Brown, with Emily Mon­sma as Lucy, Jor­dan Bal­don Vine as Schroeder, Luke Per­ring as Li­nus, Court­ney Mon­sma as Sally Brown and Clay English as Snoopy.

Singers and dancers round out the cast with mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Liam Cruz lead­ing the pro­fes­sional en­sem­ble of mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Rochelle De Snoo as Woodstock.

Dar­ryl Vine di­rects, with chore­og­ra­phy by Bradley Wilmshurst.

Spot­light has cho­sen the award-win­ning Broad­way re­vival ver­sion of You’re A Good Man,

Char­lie Brown, which snap­shots Schulz at his best: Schroeder and Lucy at the pi­ano, Char­lie Brown and Lucy at the psy­chi­a­try booth, Li­nus with his blan­ket, Snoopy with his sup­per dish, and the whole gang at the base­ball game.

The characters live the mo­ments of a child’s life – pro­gress­ing from wild op­ti­mism to ut­ter de­spair, from a bright, un­cer­tain morn­ing to a hope­ful, star­lit evening.

Bryn Jenke stars as Char­lie Brown in Spot­light’s 2013 sea­son opener, You’re a Good Man Char­lie Brown.

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