Charles M. Schulzs beloved characters come to life in Childrens Theatre of Charlottes production of Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
This show is made up of a series of vignettes that put well-known Peanuts characters in scenarios that one would expect to find them in from the gangs attempt to win a baseball game to Lucys pursuit of a Queendom. One also can expect nods to classic Peanuts lines (among them is Charlie Browns classic Arrggghh!).
Ashby Blakely plays Charlie Brown, who faces various challenges that range from something as simple as trying to fly a kite to the more difficult task of earning the attention of The Little Red-Haired Girl. Blakely captured that dry yet innocent essence of Charlie Brown and had the audience laughing with lines as simple as, Why cant you eat your food like a normal dog, Snoopy?
Devin Nystroms portrayal of Charlie Browns adorable, blanket-loving friend, Linus, was sweet and charming. Marc Bastos gave an impressive performance of Charlie Browns dog, Snoopy. Bastos had the most physically demanding role, but his hard work showed as he brought the audience to their feet during the number Suppertime.
But it was Cassandra Howley Wood who stole the spotlight. Her performance as Charlie Browns little sister, Sally, brought tears of laughter to the audiences eyes.
The shows scenic design is apparent before the show begins. The cartoonish backdrops and set pieces coupled with costumes that match the cartoon characters classic outfits make it feel as if the Peanuts gang have jumped out of the comic strip and onto the stage.
The lighting design is vibrant and underscores important action, especially in scenes like Snoopys search for the Red Baron, and during musical numbers like My Blanket and Me and Beethoven Day.
Children will appreciate the shows fun musical numbers, and adults will enjoy this homage to the classic Peanuts characters we all know and love.
Alexis Williams is a teen critic and senior at Charlotte Christian School.