The Factory Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

 

This fall, the Factory Theatre brought laughter to Greenville College and the greater Greenville community with its performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Under Jes Adam’s creative direction, the cast and crew delivered a family-friendly, colorful, and lighthearted musical that was enjoyed by the entire audience, from kids in the community to faculty and students from the college. The Factory Theatre performed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on November 10th-12th and 17th-19th.14925777_10153806140867191_2873701239180503762_n-1

It may have been surprising to see the theatre perform such a fun and whimsical musical after its previous, much more somber production, Next to Normal. However, the theatre was more than capable of delivering the humor and playfulness of Charlie Brownwith the same level of talent displayed in Next to Normal. Director Jes Adam said, “We are thrilled to be able to produce shows with heavy themes like Next to Normal and then immediately prepare a show with family-friendly themes like Charlie Brown.

Greenville College sophomore Braden Oestreich played Charlie Brown, while fellow sophomores Silas Groves, Emily Gaffner, and Chasity Cook depicted Schroeder, Sally Brown, and Lucy van Pelt, respectively. Freshman Nick Watterson played Linus van Pelt, and senior Justin Langley played Snoopy. The cast also included junior Kaylyn Schafer as Peppermint Patty and freshman Bethany Hegener as the Little Red-Haired Girl. Braden said, “I knew that Charlie Brown would be a different experience than the one I had in >Next to Normal, but it was wonderful in a totally different way. It was both exciting and humbling to have the opportunity to play such a popular American icon.”


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a delightful musical that featured a series of short scenes, giving it a fittingly comic strip-like quality and supplying a host of one-liners that left the audience laughing as each scene closed. Though most scenes were brief, the musical still conveyed the overarching storyline of a gloomy young boy who slowly discovered the definition of happiness, while his friends’ antics reminded the audience, likewise, that happiness is found in the little things. On his character Linus, Nick Watterson said, “Something I enjoyed about the show was my character’s ability to make the audience laugh. I loved hearing laughter come from little children to grandparents and everyone in between, because the show allowed everyone to be joyful for a few hours without any regards to age.”

14937383_10153817968267191_5698415736688947183_nFrom the moment Charlie Brown woke up late for school to the moment he received a kiss from the Little Red-Haired Girl, audiences of all ages enjoyed watching Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts crew have fun on stage. The kids in the audience even got to dance on stage with the cast at the end of the play while parents, students, and community members clapped to the music. Though You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was a treat for the youngest generation, the clever and charming musical taught everyone a lesson about happiness. As Adam said, “Kid-friendly theatre is a valuable teaching tool that encourages creativity, expression, and positive behaviors.”

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Be sure to catch the Factory Theatre’s Interterm musical, Godspell, which will be performed February 2nd-4th and 9th-11th!

14963298_10153872639642441_3506641275246654606_nby Summer Mengarelli

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