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You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

By Clark Gesner
Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Gregg Klein

July 17 through August 15, 2009

Our summer musical, a revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, It is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.

Two new songs, Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy, have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, such as My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime and Happiness. The time of the action is an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. The 1999 revival of Charlie Brown won two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Come have a happy day with the Peanuts gang!

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is presenting You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as a celebration of the life of Ralph Miller, an exemplary Bay Area actor and long time board member of Actors Ensemble. Ralph's delight in the theatre will be honored with each performance.

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley premieres "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on July 17th and the musical runs through August 15th, Fridays and Saturdays, with an extra performance on Thursday, August 13th. All performances are at 8 pm at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors and students (with ID). Order tickets at www.aeofberkeley.org.


Cast

Linus Van Pelt Ted V. Bigornia
Snoopy David Irving
Charlie Brown Kyle Johnson
Sally Brown Shay Oglesby-Smith
Lucy Van Pelt Michelle Pond
Schroeder Davern Wright
 

Orchestra

David Cann Violin/Viola
Roberta Drake Drums/Percussion
John Greitzer Bass/Kazoo
Pat King Piano
Barbara Kohler Drums Percussion
Jo Lusk Flute/Keyboard/Kazoo
Peter Ruszel Bass/Kazoo
Jim Ware Trumpet/Kazoo
 

Crew

Director Gregg Klein
Music Director Patricia King
Choreography Kris Bell
Lighting Design Renee Echavez
  Deborah Sandmann
Sound Design Marti Baer
  Joe Ponder
Set Design David Bradley
Stage Manager Bob Gudmundsson
Producer Roger Schrag
Costume Design Dianne Beaulieu-Arms
Assistant Costume Design Elizabeth Van Buren
Light/Sound Technicians Kris Bell
  Michael Haven
  Jennifer Rice
  John Wilson
Publicity Eric Carlson
Graphic Design Shu Ping Guan

"Actors Ensemble lovingly revives the 'Peanuts' gang" — The Berkeley Daily Planet



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  With new songs added, the hit musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" brings together again Charles M. Schulz' legendary "Peanuts" characters Linus (Ted V. Bigornia), Lucy (Michelle Pond), Charlie Brown (Kyle Johnson), Snoopy (David Irving), Sally (Shay Oglesby-Smith), and Schroeder (Davern Wright). Photo by Eric Carlson.
With new songs added, the hit musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" brings together again Charles M. Schulz' legendary "Peanuts" characters Linus (Ted V. Bigornia), Lucy (Michelle Pond), Charlie Brown (Kyle Johnson), Snoopy (David Irving), Sally (Shay Oglesby-Smith), and Schroeder (Davern Wright).  Photo by Eric Carlson.  
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  Charlie Brown (Kyle Johnson) looks to Lucy (Michelle Pond) for advice in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's revival of the hit musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Based on Charles M. Schulz' legendary "Peanuts" comic strip, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" boasts new songs added to the charming original score.  Photo by Eric Carlson.
Schroeder (Davern Wright) lectures on the virtues of Beethoven to Sally (Shay Oglesby-Smith) in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's revival of the hit musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Based on Charles M. Schulz' legendary "Peanuts" comic strip, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" boasts new songs added to the charming original score.  Photo by Eric Carlson.  
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  Charlie Brown (Kyle Johnson) has had enough with Snoopy (David Irving) in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's revival of the hit musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Based on Charles M. Schulz' legendary "Peanuts" comic strip, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" boasts new songs added to the charming original score.  Photo by Eric Carlson.
With his favorite blanket, Linus (Ted V. Bigornia) ponders the mysteries of life in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's revival of the hit musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Based on Charles M. Schulz' legendary "Peanuts" comic strip, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" boasts new songs added to the charming original score.  Photo by Eric Carlson.  
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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.

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