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“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Parkwood

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T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
Nathan Overton

“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” is composed of various moments from the “Peanuts” comic strip and musical numbers that keep the vibe.

The technical quality at Parkwood High School was outstanding; all 12 actors were given microphones, and not once did the audience have to endure shrieking, high-pitched feedback. The set consisted of the iconic Snoopy doghouse, oversized bench, Lucy’s psychiatric stand and a brick wall.

Caitlyn Frys brought a new life to Sally Brown, always hanging on to her jump rope with extreme excitement or bitter disgust at the plastic noodle. Caleb Loftis was a perfect Charlie Brown, bringing his lunchtime monologue to a perfect consistency of confusion and confidence.

During the fast-paced ensemble number “The Book Report”, there was a never a dead beat. The entire cast worked in sync to create a gallery of happy moments.

The core of any production of “You’re A Good Man” is the actor portraying Snoopy. Dakota Bell had a powerful voice and just the right measure of sarcasm to wag her way into everything she was in, always mimicking Charlie and other characters. Bell sang her puppy heart out in “Suppertime.” Even the orchestra was able to bring laughter to it, as a musician grabbed a tambourine and jazzed up the number onstage with Bell.

The ensemble really brought us into the world of the “Peanuts” gang, and the final “Happiness” number had us in awe. We were reminded that, no matter what, who you are makes you you.

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