Your Favorite Characters Come to Life in Archbishop Carroll’s YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

by Patricia Bradford

In 1950, Charles M. Schulz created the first Peanuts comic strip. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Peanuts the Fourth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. This December 4, Archbishop Carroll Theater Society (ACTS) will take to the stage with YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN with humor, insight, music, song, and dance. It is a delight for children of all ages, as well as anyone who has ever been a child.

The show is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

The main character Charlie Brown (Andrew Noyle) is both befriended by all and ostracised by everyone; a loser-yet-leader who rises out of every downfall with shining hope and determination. If you think about it, there is a little Charlie Brown in all of us.

With only 6 main characters, director Missy Piffath (class of ‘97) creatively put together a cast of over 50 students to perform this highly energized musical. Among such talent, Nina Straface, who plays Sally states, “It’s been so much fun playing Sally. It’s inspiring to completely break out of your shell and act as a polar opposite of who you really are. We have such a great cast full of so many talented people and are really excited to perform. When I was little, I only really knew Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown but after doing this show I love that I got to know more of the characters as they were brought to life.

Among other characters, Jessica Bisch, who plays Lucy says, “It’s been a blast playing the role of Lucy in the show. Each day at rehearsal is always enjoyable with my fellow actors. It’s different to play a character that’s completely the opposite of your personality. Even though Lucy is a fun-loving character, Snoopy was my favorite growing up.” Speaking of Snoopy, who is also Brett Schratz’ favorite, “Rehearsing this show is like sketching rough drafts for a cartoon,” he declares. “Every day consists of thinking and brainstorming new ideas to create the funniest Snoopy character I can. Playing Snoopy is a blast!”

Show dates are December 4, 5, and 6 at 7:00 PM and December 7 at 2:00 PM at Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matson Ford Road in Radnor. Tickets are general admission at $10 and are sold at the door. For more information, call 610-688-7610, extension 113.

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