Charlie Brown and the gang are com­ing to town

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Stage - By Deneb R. Batu­can

WANT to make your post-Valen­tine days mean­ing­ful? The adorable char­ac­ters from the Peanuts comics are com­ing to life in a mu­si­cal play that brings view­ers back to their sim­ple and ex­cit­ing child­hood days. And you can watch the en­tire gang here in Cebu City.

Bossy Lucy, pi­ano prodigy Schroeder, per­fec­tion­ist Sally, blan­ket-tot­ing Li­nus, Snoopy on top of his dog house and “block­head” him­self, Charlie Brown, bring you to the world of Peanuts in the mu­si­cal “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” pre­sented by the Vaude­ville The­atre Com­pany.

Penelop Ong, the di­rec­tor and a Ce­buana theater teacher for 15 years, de­cided to bring the 1967 Broad­way mu­si­cal com­edy to Cebu be­cause it is some­thing that she grew up with and wanted to share with her fel­low Ce­buanos.

“It’s very nos­tal­gic to me,” Penny said. “But the chil­dren nowa­days, they don’t know about Snoopy or the Peanuts fam­ily. Not un­til about two years ago wherein they showed a Peanuts movie. That’s when I

said, okay, this is the right time then.”

Af­ter five months of prepa­ra­tion, the mu­si­cal play is fi­nally ready for the pub­lic to see, with char­ac­ters played by tal­ented Ce­buano theater artists. Penny hopes to im­part to the spec­ta­tors one piece of ad­vice that the Peanuts gang has up­held in the many decades that it has brought joy to the young and old.

“Wher­ever you are, and who­ever you are, you should never lose track of hu­man­ity. This is what we learn from chil- dren. Be like chil­dren — sim­ple and very pro­found in their own ways,” she said.

“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” is chore­ographed by Vin­cent Paul Diez Ga­ton with mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by two-time Awit Award-win­ning song­writer Jude Gi­ta­mon­doc and will show at the SM City Cebu Cin­ema 1. Gala shows are on Feb. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. while mati­nee shows are on Feb. 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able at the fol­low­ing Shakey’s branches: SM, Ayala, IT Park and Robin­son’s Cy­ber­gate.

THE CAST. (First row from left) Gabriel Gomez, Pamela Estalilla, Michael Joel Ar­dona, Jo­mar Gomez, Jed Ni­cole Alerta, (sec­ond row from right) Jake Keanu Ba­tiancela, Jef-Jef Saa­gundo, Rey Jee Al­bino, Les Paul Pineda, Anna Carla Marie San­ders, (third row from left) Kris­tel Anne Tuas­tum­ban, Pe­ter Clark Guisa­dio, Gayle Marie Si­nad­jan, Clouie Mon­santo, Sara Ann Phobe Valiente, and Brazilia Francesca Valdez.

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