BY JUDY THOMPSON –
The Ouachita Little Theatre will be producing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” as their spring musical beginning April 16. Auditions will be at the theatre on Thursday, February 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM and on Friday, February 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Judy Kropp will direct the production with assistance from Scott O’Rear and Judy Thompson.
The musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, is based on the characters by cartoonist Charles Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. Gesner recorded his songs in an album, but had no intention to turn them into a musical production until encouraged to do so by producer Arthur Whitelaw. The stage adaptation entitled You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown went into rehearsal in New York City in February, 1967 and has since been performed throughout most of the world. Gary Burghoff who later gained fame as Radar in MASH was Charlie Brown in this off-Broadway production.
The whole gang will be a part of this play: Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day. Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus. Charismatic Snoopy is in the doghouse and ‘blockhead’ himself, Charlie Brown is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day.
Director Kropp urges those from high school age up to audition. It doesn’t matter if the individual has performed before. If one is musically talented and would like to be a part of this family-oriented production, please audition either Thursday or Friday. For more information, go to www.ouachitalittletheatre.org or call 243-0186.