Tarleton theater debuts spring musical

Sydney Burns—

Staff Writer

A famous childhood cartoon strip is coming to life this week inside the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 24, and running through Saturday, Feb. 27, the Tarleton State University Fine Arts’ theater program brings Charlie Brown and his crew to the stage in the spring musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

A display in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center advertises the spring musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."(Photo by Sydney Burns, Texan News)

A display in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center advertises the spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
(Photo by Sydney Burns, Texan News)

The musical is loosely based upon the popular cartoon strip, “Peanuts,” created by Charles M. Schultz that started in 1950 and ran through 2000.

Assistant professor of theater Mark Holtorf describes the musical as being just an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.

“It’s made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends,” said Holtorf.

The cast is made up of six actors, including Bradley McKinney as Charlie Brown, Kayla Lincoln as Lucy, John Pollock as Linus, Channing Parker as Sally and Nate Early as Schroeder. Alisha Sutton will play the lovable Snoopy with acting understudy Cheyenne Shreve.

Holtorf added that this musical is a collaborative effort of both the music and theater departments. Students and faculty have both contributed to the production.

The colorful, cartoon-style scenery was designed by theater major Emily Trinque, lighting by assistant professor Prudence Jones and sound design by Jesus Rodriguez. Rounding out the team are vocal director Dr. Heather Hawke, musical conductor Greg Ball, rehearsal pianist Dr. Iwao Asakura, choreographer Emily Burleson and Carol Stavish as the director.

The director of the musical, Carol Stavish, said she is greatly appreciative of everyone’s hard work.

(Graphic courtesy of Tarleton Theatre)

(Graphic courtesy of Tarleton Theatre)

“It’s been an outstanding group of talented performers, technicians and designers to work with on such a lovable show,” said Stavish.

The cast has been working on the musical for five-and-a-half weeks, but the design process started months ago.

“We started the design process in October and will not be complete with it until the Monday after the show closes with our post-production critique,” said Holtorf.

Holtorf said the musical is about two hours long and is suitable for all ages. Anyone interested in attending the show can purchase tickets on weekdays form 2 to 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Box Office.

Shows on all nights start at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, high school students and Tarleton faculty/staff and $5 for Tarleton students with a valid Texan Card.

“All of Stephenville should come out to see ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!’” said Stavish.

For more information or to see a full schedule of shows for spring and summer, call (254) 968-9634 or visit www.tarleton.edu/theatre.

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