Theater Review: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

by |

Nashville Children’s Theatre presents:
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Nov. 1 – Dec 23; All ages)
25 Middleton St., Nashville
252-4675 • nashvillechildrenstheatre.org
Show times: Sat- Sun 2 p.m.
Tickets: $19 adults, $12 ages 2 – 17

If you and your kiddos love all things Charlie Brown, then make your way downtown to Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) to experience its grand production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! This musical comedy based on the amazing Charles Shulz’ Peanuts comic strip — that first hit the stage in 1967 — is a wonderful, heartfelt tribute to the bald blockhead and his  pals.

Perfectly directed by Scot Copeland, the show’s simple staging allows the cast to shine. Kids will appreciate the notable props along the way, including Schroeder’s piano, Snoopy’s dog house and Lucy’s psychiatrist booth.

Shawn Knight stars as Charlie Brown, and he serves up a great rendition of the ultimate blockhead who is always seemingly down and out on his luck. The only misfire here isn’t Knight’s fault; that belongs to the costume department. Charlie Brown is bald, and I thought it was strange for Knight to have hair on stage; granted, it was a buzz cut … My initial thought was, “Why didn’t the costume department put a bald cap on Knight’s head for this role if he wasn’t willing to go all the way with shaving his melon bald for the role?” At the moment I thought I was being too persnickety about it, I overheard a child a couple rows in front of me spout out, “Charlie Brown doesn’t have hair! Why does this guy have hair???” There is something to be said about being a purist.

Overall, the cast does a tremendous job bringing such beloved characters to life. Patrick Waller, as Schroeder, steals the show with his extraordinary vocals and energy, evident in “Beethoven Day.” Likewise, Bobby Wyckoff’s performance as Linus in “My Blanket and Me” is mesmerizing.

Jeff Boyet is wonderful as everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, Rona Carter delivers a succinct version of Lucy in all her crabbiness … and Martha Wilkinson is an absolute charm as the lispy-tongued Sally Brown.

All in all, this is a fun show, great for all ages. And it’s one of the rare occasions when NCT presents a full-scale show with an intermission. It’s fun and fabulous … so don’t be a blockhead and miss this show with your kids!

 

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

NCT ldrbrd 1118
YMCA bball ldrbrd 0818

Leave a Reply using Facebook