Comic strip comes to life

The cast from Youre a good man Charlie Brown, are from left, Leonard Moeng (Schroeder) at the piano, at the back Rob Coutts (Snoopy) and Matthew de Klerk (Charlie Brown) and in front, Richard White (Linus), Georgia Bailey (Lucy) and Amy Reed (Sally).

Take a trip back into your childhood and enjoy Charles Schultz’s beloved comic strip as it comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, on at Milnerton Playhouse from tomorrow, Friday November 25 to Saturday December 10.

The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy, played by Georgia Bailey from Constantia, who is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder, played by Leonard Moeng, from Observatory, who doesn’t give her the time of day. There’s also perfectionist Sally, played by Amy Reed from Bothasig, who is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, portrayed by Richard White from Pinelands and Snoopy, played by Rob Coutts from Observatory, is in the doghouse while “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, played by Matthew de Klerk, from Green Point is in rare form.

This is Neil Leachman’s debut as director. Neil, who lives in the Cape Town city centre, brings an all-round knowledge to the production, having been involved in many Milnerton Players’ productions and his previous experience of musical direction, sound design, sound operation and mixing and acting on various stages.

Comprised of short scenes and vignettes from various Peanuts cartoon strips, this is a roller-coaster ride of exuberance and fun, full of youthful energy, colour and humour.

The vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic. Neil and his vibrant, young cast bring the familiar characters to life in this fast-moving production while choreographer Tamsin Williams has created lively and memorable moves for the young cast and the movable sets by Barry Altwig set the scene for this fun production.

Evening shows on Fridays November 25 and December 9 and Saturdays November 26, December 3 and 10 are at 8pm and tickets are R100 for adults and R60 for children under 12.Matinee shows on Saturdays November 26, December 3 and 10 are at 2.30pm and tickets are R90 for adults and R50 for children under 12. There are concessions for pensioners.

Book at www.milnertonplayers.com, email bookings@milnertonplayers.com or call 082 267 1061.