Thursday July 14, 2011

 

Entertainment

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Local musical theatre group brings the comic strip to life

Submitted by Nicola Davies, SC Music Director

 

econdary Characters, Chilliwack’s musical theatre company, is preparing for its upcoming production of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.’ Based on the classic comic strips of Charles Schultz, ‘Charlie Brown,’ gives audiences a humorous glimpse into a day in the life of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and four more of the comic’s well-loved characters.

Featuring upbeat music, a cartoon-inspired set and costumes, and a witty script, this is a classic production that will appeal to kids and adults alike.

This year’s production presents a strong ensemble cast; all six cast members come from the UFV Theatre Department, and five also sing with vocal octet Pieces of Eight. Depicting the title character is Stephen Wilhite, with his trusty sidekick Snoopy, played by Tim Howe. Rounding out the cast is Katherine Beswick as bossy Lucy, Caroline Davies as Charlie’s younger sister Sally, Aaron Froc as Lucy’s little brother Linus, and Jeff Dressler as music-loving Schroeder.

Secondary Characters presented ‘Little Women the Musical,’ last summer, the inaugral production of what is set to become a summer tradition. Bringing together musical theatre artists of all ages and backgrounds, Secondary Characters’ mission is to provide an outlet for both adults and youth. While Chilliwack has many musical theatre programs for youth, the community was missing a summer musical program for all ages, and Secondary Characters was founded to fill that need.

Directing the musical is Andrew Smith, director of the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts. Shelley Wojcik is choreographer, and leading a five-piece live orchestra is music director Nicola Davies. Set design is by Kate Whyte, props design by Alyson Seale, costume design by Caroline Davies, and lighting design by Jamea Lister.

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ runs from July 28 to August 7 at the UFV Theatre in Chilliwack, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturday, Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $17.50 adults, $14.50 students/seniors, $10 for the July 28 Preview, and $18.50/15.50 for opening night with reception. Tickets available from the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 604-391- SHOW, or online www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

 

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