By Sarah Pride. Poster by Ian Reid. Other picture by Diana Chamberlain.
Patrick Henry College
A much-anticipated event for the Patrick Henry College community, Eden Troupe’s rendition of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens next week, April 7-9. For more information on times and ticket prices, click here. The cast and crew say they hope audience members will appreciate this poignant celebration of childhood as much as they enjoyed rehearsing it.
The original production of Clark Gesner’s musical comedy, based on cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip, ran off-Broadway for four years and 1597 performances in the late 1960s. Eden Troupe director Amy Kucks, a junior, chose the play for its funny, lighthearted themes of friendship, and for its simple staging. She was excited when she found fellow junior Marjorie Somerville to serve as co-director, and she said it was “humbling and amazing” how God continued to provide for their efforts.
“The cast alone is talented and hard-working, and each person on the cast has an incredible attitude of enthusiasm, even when we work long hours in rehearsal,” Kucks stated. “But I’ve also been surprised by how many people from the college campus have volunteered to give up their precious time to come alongside and help us! People have given huge amounts of time to organize our tech equipment, buy our props, make our costumes, build our stage, and design our graphics.”
The two directors formed a team that included junior Bridget Degnan as Producer, sophomore Abigail Wolking as Musical Director, and freshman Chaedon Laman as Backstage Director. The team, under the leadership of Kucks and Somerville, hope that Charlie Brown will bring the audience back to “childhood and the simple things.”
Charlie Brown cast in rehearsal. From L to R, Gregory Escobar, Belle Schuler, Blake Adams, Brooke Butler, Sarah Betts, Andrew Fetters