The College of Idaho Department of Theatre & Speech Arts is pleased to announce its spring production, "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," a two-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy based on the Peanuts comic strip characters. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on April 9-11 and April 16-18—with 2 p.m. matinee shows on April 12 and 19—in the studio theatre of the Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426. C of I students, faculty and staff receive a free ticket to the show.
The C of I production brings Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strips to life through musical performance featuring a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends. For more than 60 years the Peanuts characters have delighted readers of all ages with Schroder’s piano, Lucy’s psychology, Sally’s philosophy and Charlie Brown’s optimism despite his lack of confidence. The performance includes many memorable scenes from the comic strips, including the kite-eating tree, Snoopy’s battles with the Red Baron, Lucy’s psychiatry booth, and Linus’ blanket. The C of I also has been participating in a Project Linus blanket drive this spring, the winners of which will be announced during the shows.
“This show is such a joy to direct because there is something for everyone,” director and C of I Theatre professor Joe Golden said. “For the older audience, they get to share in the nostalgia of the classic Peanuts characters and the wonderful comic strips we all enjoyed for so many years. And the younger audience is introduced to the beauty and humor of Charles Schultz’s imaginative world, where an everyman like Charlie Brown can still win the day.”
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was originally produced in 1967 in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson and was directed by Joseph Hardy. The C of I version will be directed by Golden, with a talented student cast featuring Clayton Gefre, Ellen Campbell, Rose Hanson, Edith Dull, Hailey Moore, Austin Murray, Jack Morrow, Luke Ahlemann and Zach Buker. The set is designed by Will Ledbetter, with costumes by Delpha Carver, lights by Deborah Penrod, choreography by Leah Clark and musical direction by Professor Brent Wells and Jordan Bowman. For more information about C of I theatre, call (208) 459-5836 or email [email protected].
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.