‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ shows in Eagle
Vail CO, Colorado
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a musical comedy based on the characters by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz in his comic strip “Peanuts,” debuted in New York in 1967; it had a good run: 1,597 performances in all. Today and Saturday the Porchlight Players Community Theater Company will re-create the magic of some of the most recognized cartoon characters of all time during this play about the average day in the life of Charlie Brown. The show is free and will be performed on the Eagle Town Park Stage.
The cast includes: Kris Keys as Linus Van Pelt, Megan D’Abroso as Lucy Van Pelt, Beth Butler as Sally Brown, Jeff Hopp as Schroeder, Michael Kay as Snoopy and Timothy Borchard as Charlie Brown. Ann Olin directed the show.
“I don’t think that I have ever cast a show this well. The casts’ personalities match the characters,” Olin said, adding that the cast members are “a slice of the valley.”
Cast members range in age from 12 to 35 years old and come from up and down the Eagle Valley. One cast member attends Vail Mountain School, while the others have day jobs such as working in a motorcycle shop, working for Vail Resorts, for the county and at Sunglass Hut.
“Everyone has day jobs. We are all just kind of having fun,” Olin said.
For some of the cast members, being in this play is a dream come true, for others, it was unexpected.
“I moved here two years ago from Rhode Island and I was in many plays and production companies back east,” D’Abroso said. “I was just starving for something. I opened the paper and read about the auditions for this the day before they started and came down and auditioned. And here I am. I am just really excited to be a part of the community. I am a newby.”
Borchard, the musical’s Charlie Brown, was persuaded to come to the audition by his co-worker.
“I was just there to support Terry and Ann asked if I wanted to read lines. I said ‘okay.’ And then she asked ‘do you want to be Charlie Brown?’ I said, ‘sure, why not,'” Borchard said. “The last thing I was in was ‘Cinderella’ in fourth grade. I was the king … this is way out of my comfort zone.”
What: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
Who: Musical production by the Porchlight Players
Where: Eagle Town Park stage
When: Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
More information: Call 970-328-9892
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