The Peanuts gang is ready to entertain

The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Hurry up Charlie Brown (Kale Penny) or you’ll miss the school bus. The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre brings the whole Peanuts gang to life in You’re a Good Man

The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre presents Clark Gesner’s beloved Broadway hit, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a musical that brings Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts characters to the stage with a Grammy nominated score.

This charming play follows the loveable loser through a day pondering the meaning of life and pining over the Little Red-Haired Girl. He finds solace in friendships with Linus, little sister Sally, bossy nemesis Lucy, musical genius Schroeder – and, of course, man’s best friend, Snoopy.

Director Fran Gebhard, an acting instructor in the Department of Theatre, said Charlie Brown continues to resonate with audiences young and old because everyone can relate to feeling like the underdog. “Charlie Brown has already stood the test of time,” Gebhard said. “He doesn’t need to be changed to be relevant. Everything these kids go through – depression, anxiety, existentialism, bullying – still plague us today, and the Peanuts gang do a beautiful job of exploring how to overcome these problems on their own.”

Gebhard takes the show back to its roots with both the set and costume designs drawing from the early versions of Schulz’s comic strips.

The cast of seven students from the department of theatre includes locally known musician Kale Penny (from the band Sunday Buckets), who won last year’s Mount Doug Idol, and Christie Stewart, who made it to the Top 20 of CBC’s national search for Dorothy last fall in Over the Rainbow. Under the leadership of music director Jim Hill and assistant music director and pianist Adrian Bronson, this cast will have the whole family singing along to catchy and endearing songs like My New Philosophy, Happiness and Suppertime. Previews of the music can be found on iTunes through a link at phoenixtheatres.ca.

Evening performances are at 8 p.m. March 20, 21, 22, 23 with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Tickets range from $16 to $24, call the box office at 250-721-8000. The show is appropriate for ages six and older.

Just Posted

Tsunami warning an ‘exercise in precaution’

Warning for Greater Victoria called off shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday

Sirens don’t sing in tsunami warning for Esquimalt

Officials pleased with process, say sirens would have been activated had threat escalated.

Support growing for palliative care facility on the West Shore

Dave Saunders says facilities ‘bursting at the seams’

Royal Bay student bound for Swaziland

World College admission brings surprise destination

UPDATE: Tsunami warning ended for Greater Victoria

Homes in Colwood near Esquimalt Lagoon were evacuated after tsunami warning for coastal areas of B.C. after 7.9 earthquake off Alaskan coast

WATCH: Greater Victoria residents gather at higher ground during tsunami warning

Ocean Boulevard and the Esquimalt Lagoon reopened shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Man faces 48 charges in string of random Toronto shootings

The string of unprovoked shootings began Jan.9, say police

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

Guillermo del Toro film about merman romance earns 13 nominations

Canada, TPP agrees to revised deal without the United States

Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Rogers Media cuts ties with Vice Canada

Rogers Media and Vice Canada are ending their three-year-old partnership, pulling Viceland TV channel off the air

Tsunami warning prompts evacuations in Port Alberni

Alaska earthquake prompted warning for coastal BC

Most Read