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You're A Good Man Charlie Brown at the Masquers

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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 22 December 2004

Unlike Kyle Johnson (who plays Charlie Brown), I have always thought of Charlie Brown as a rather pathetic character. Yet (much to my surprise), I felt warmly towards Charlie early in the show.

Of course, they are all crazy characters. Moreover, they break into song and dance at the slightest provocation. The show causes a joyful uplifting of spirit, quite appropriate for the season. It is a perfect show for kids. Adults, too. You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is directed by Gregg Klein, music directed by Pat King with choreography by Kris Bell.

The unanimous winner of the show (there were two of us voting) is David Irving (as Snoopy) who successfully makes the shift from a man into a dog. Snoopy is enchanting and very funny, particularly while scratching (like a dog). Dealing with anything other than kibble, Snoopy’s expressions of boredom are absolutely side-splitting.

Lucy (played by Michelle Pond) is a sexy 6 year old, engaging and determined, who provides a crisp interpretation of bossiness. Her performance as a gorgeous princess is a charming reminder of a great many little girls.

Coley Grundman is enjoyable to watch. As Shroeder, his hands demand a lot of attention, very delicately making movements, such as playing the piano. To say nothing of his highly mobile feet!

I never really understood the relationship between the characters in the Charlie Brown comic strip, but I know now that Sally (played by Shay Oglesby-Smith) is the world’s bestest younger sister. Everybody ought to have a younger sister as dense, careless, loyal and affectionate.

Ted Bigornia adds insight into the character of Linus. Linus (and his blanket) have all the determination of a much abused younger brother, wildly taking on defense of self, older siblings, and the world.

Thank you all for a great show. Definitely ‘tis "Good for a good laugh." Very enjoyable.