The Transylvania Times -

By William Douglas
Theatre Review 

BLT Actors Bring ‘Peanuts’ Characters To Life

 


BREVARD, N.C. The second production of 2012 is alive and well on the stage of Brevard Little Theatre, as the curtain goes up on “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” This delightful look at the wonderful characters invented by Charles Schultz is sure to create a warm feeling in the hearts of all that see it.

Played against a backdrop that looks like it came right out of the comic strip, to say nothing about “Snoopy’s dog house, the musical brings the characters to life, and makes one feel like he is part of the “Peanuts Gang.” Director Bob Stacy has found a wonderful cast for this production that will make audiences feel like you’ve truly entered the comic strip world.

With a cast of 10, the production is totally enjoyable. Christopher Martin, brings the inimitable Charlie Brown to life with as most fans of the strip would expect him to sound and act, if he came to life.

Will LaRowe puts wonderful energy and life into Schroeder, tiny grand piano and all.

Dana Swekosky plays Lucy van Pelt with just the right attitude, as she hassles Charlie, Schroeder and Linus mercilessly.

Alex Fulkrod, as Linus, hangs on to his blanket for dear life, and does a fine job, especially on the musical number, “My Blanket And Me.”

Meredith Hooper is just right as Peppermint Patty. The neighbor kids, played by Sonia Arnold, Samantha Brunelle and James Hargis, support the main characters extremely well. What would the “Peanuts“ characters be without Snoopy and Woodstock? They are both great together on the BLT stage, played to a tee by Skylan Rayne and Marli Cohen, respectfully. Cohen’s energy never stops, and Rayne’s rendition of “Supper Time,” as Snoopy, complete with top hat and cane, is top notch.

Al Edick and Marylou Morrison have produced this show, with Paul Smith as music director. Kristen Pangle, Chris Martin, Sonia Arnold and Amber Austin provide the choreography. Arnold is also handling the job of stage manager, as well as costume design, with the help of Marylou Morrison. All the costumes are perfect and look like they came right out of the comic strip.

All in all, the energy and the dialogue play beautifully and is sure to be a hit with BLT audiences’. The little kids will love it, and frankly, so will the big kids!

“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” opened on April 27 and will run for two more weekends through May 13, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Sundays at 3 p.m. The musical is being presented at The American Legion Hall at 55 East Jordan St. in Brevard. Reservations can be made for all performances by calling the BLT Box Office at 884-2587.

 
 

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