A* for You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Watching You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is like a comforting reminder of childhood.

The play, now being staged by the Cayman Drama Society at the Prospect Playhouse, offers an entertaining evening full of familiar characters that adults will enjoy just as much as the kids.

Admittedly yes, this isn’t highbrow stuff. This is the world of Charlie Brown and it is all very whimsical and, well, a little bit silly at times. But that just makes it all the more fun.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown originated off Broadway, New York, in 1967. The show was later revived in the 90s and was nominated for four – and won two – Tony Awards.

With dialogue taken directly from Charles M. Schulz’s popular comic strip Peanuts, the light-hearted musical production takes the audience through a day in the life of Charlie Brown and friends, from baseball, philosophy and kite flying.

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The pace is quick, the staging lively and the mood joyful. You can’t help get caught up in all the fun, even if you thought you were too old for Peanuts.

There’s no plot as such, just a series of comedy sketches, more like musical numbers.

The all singing, all dancing cast of six put on a pleasing display of polished theatrical skills. Without a doubt, these are six dedicated thespians that have really got to grips with the characters of the Charlie Brown gang. From know it all Lucy, played by Dori Stayton, to the lovesick worrier Charlie Brown (Dan Twist) and the extroverted beagle Snoopy (Frank Braccia), for two hours or so, you really feel like you are in the world of Charlie Brown.

The cast put on a believable show of being children, with excellent signing and acting to boot.

There’s a guest appearance by Stacie Sybersma, in the delightful scene, My Blanket and Me, which adds a change of pace.

Kudos must go to director Mary Anne Kosa for pulling together a tightly choreographed production with excellent use of stage and props. The colourful costumes, and larger-than-life props, make it all the more fun to watch.

The family-friendly You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown get top marks, and will certainly be enjoyed by children and the young-at-heart.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is being staged Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sundays at 6.30pm, until 11 May. Tickets are $25, $10 for children. Call the box office on 949-5054. Visit www.caymandrama.org.ky for further details.

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