For several generations, Charlie Brown and his buddies have been a part of everyday life. They are in the funnies every day, Linus and the Great Pumpkin entertain us each October and A Charlie Brown Christmas is a must see every December. The rest of the year we follow Snoopy’s adventures as the Red Baron, Lucy’s crush on the musically talented but emotionally indifferent Schroeder, wait with baited breath for Lucy’s pearls of wisdom from her psychiatrists booth and collectively hold our breath as we wait to see if Lucy snatches the football away from Charlie Brown as he tries to kick it and will he ever get up the nerve to talk to the little redheaded girl that he loves so much?
While Charles Schulz passed away years ago, Charlie Brown and company can still be found in the daily and Sunday funnies with their timeless humor and always fresh take on life. The gang has been on stage and television in different capacities since 1967 and are still going strong.
April 15-17 guest Director Elysa Lenzcyk is bringing You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown to Fayetteville State University. No stranger to the production of great theater and big shows in small spaces, Lenzcyk is the stage manager at another local favorite theatrical venue, Fayetteville’s own Gilbert Theater.
The piece will be choreographed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo, and musical direction will be provided by Howard Kim. The play tells the story of an average day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends. It takes place when most of the characters are 5- or 6-years-old (although the cast is adults).
“The music is fun. The story is fun,” said Director of Theater and Associate Professor at Fayetteville State University Phoebe Hall. “It’s little people responding as little adults to strange situations.”
The cast is made up of several current and former Fayetteville State University students. Schroeder is played by FSU alum Bruce Cook, Clayton Ridley is Charlie Brown and Linus is played by Amos Smith. Whitney Manns portrays Sally, while Corey Livingstone rounds out the group as Lucy.
Hall encourages parents to include their children in this very special theatrical adventure.
“I’m sure they will enjoy it. There will be something for everybody.”T
he show starts at 7:30 p.m. each evening at Butler Theatre on the FSU campus. For more info visit www.uncfsu.edu/theatre/comingattractions.htm.