Final show of ‘Charlie Brown’ to be Sunday

Final show of 'Charlie Brown' to be Sunday

Senior Emily Rankin and junior Ramsey Anderson rehearse for the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The show runs through Sunday at 7 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre.

Story by Christina Harris, Staff Reporter

The Tiger Theatre Company is gearing up for final performances of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which opened Thursday at 7 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre. The show tells the story of an ordinary day in the life of popular comic strip character Charlie Brown.

“There are lots of funny lines right out of the comic strip,” theater director Micah McBay said. “It is like the Charlie Brown TV specials, short scenes and songs all from the comics. So it is a non-traditional plot that is not linear.”

Junior Marissa Hagood said the musical doesn’t follow a particular sequence.

“What Mr. McBay is going for is to bring the comic strips to life and have an overall great show,” Hagood said.

The musical was written by Clark Gesner in 1967 and is based on Charles Schultz’s comic strip “Peanuts.”

“I like the entire play,” freshman Alex McBay said. “There is always something good about Charlie Brown and he is my favorite character from ‘Peanuts’.”

Besides the play being likable, it also is a way for students to express themselves.

“The best part about the show is being able to be on stage in front of everyone,” senior Skyler Alton said.

Time and preparation have been put into the production to make it entertaining.

“To prepare for the show I sit in a dark room and get myself into character,” Alton said. “It helps me keep from not messing up my lines as well as the rest of the cast, because one line off can mess up the next person and leave the cast standing there, leaving an awkward pause.”

One unique trait about this show is that it is double cast.

“I thought that it was a fair way of getting everyone involved,” sophomore Peter Garrett said.  “So, basically everyone who wanted a part got one.”

The two casts will alternate shows the four days the production takes place.

The show will run through Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7 for adults and $5 for students. TISD employees will get in free.

“We’ve all worked very hard,” junior Jenny Wyrick said, “and hopefully our hard work shows through our performances on opening night.”