Directors: Christine Grefe and Terri Morgan Hsu
Lead actors: Benji Morgan as Charlie Brown, Emily Rice as Sally Brown, Kelley Ard as Lucy Van Pelt, Luke Cleveland as Linus Van Pelt, Adam Rich as Schroeder, Henry Dreier as Snoopy, Brittany Horlbeck as Frieda, and Ellie Friedman Beck as Woodstock.
The plot: A day in the life with America's favorite comic strip characters, the Peanuts gang.
The story behind the show: "This show is the second of four in our 2014-2015 season lineup," Grefe says. "(The May River Theatre Co.) opened with a gorgeous production of 'Man of La Mancha.' But, as powerful a show as 'La Mancha' is, it is also serious. So we decided to leave the dungeon behind and present the brightest, happiest show we could find. 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown' is exactly that. First produced in 1967, it is based on Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. The musical was then made into an animated special for CBS television in 1985 and was revived for Broadway in 1999, where it won Tony awards for Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress in a Musical."
Director's take: "This show is bright, colorful, fun and happy," Grefe says. "We have an amazingly talented cast that will transport you to a state of simple, childhood joy. Whether you are a fan of the musical, the TV special or the comic strip, you will love this show. Even if you have never heard of the Peanuts gang, you will love this show. And you will leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart."
Behind the scenes: "We wanted a simple, colorful set that evokes the comic strip. We have the familiar pieces, like Snoopy's doghouse and Schroeder's piano. The set pieces are big so the actors will look smaller," Grefe says. "The costumes are also simple and true to the comic strip. Our designer, Rita Conrad, worked magic re-creating the iconic characters. She built the costumes from scratch over a two-week period so we would be ready for an early photo shoot.
"'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown' has been a joy to direct. We have a talented and dedicated cast that is working hard and mastering harmonies and choreography while having fun bringing these wonderful characters to life."
Run dates: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 8-24
Ticket prices: $25
Contact for tickets: 843-815-5581