February 4, 2013
Daily, from 02/04/2013 to 02/05/2013, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
BC Theatre's Sunday, February 3 presentation of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" has been canceled due to inclement weather. Additional performances have been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, February 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. in Harman Chapel.
BC theatre students presented the Broadway hit musical Thursday through Saturday, January 31 through February 2, despite deteriorating weather conditions, but for the sake of safety and as a result of declining attendance, organizers decided to cancel the Sunday matinee, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., and offer two additional opportunities for audiences to view the play on Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Harman Chapel.
Based on the legendary comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz, BC’s performances of “Charlie Brown” will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, January 31 through February 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 3.
All shows will take place inside BC’s Harman Chapel Auditorium. Admission for each performance will be $10 for adults and $5 for non-BC students and senior citizens.
With music, lyrics and script written by composer and lyricist Carl Gesner, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” presents an average day in the life of Charlie Brown and his childhood friends, including Lucy’s infatuation with Schroeder and her perverse joy at tormenting Charlie Brown; Linus’ love of his blanket; Snoopy’s rich world of imagination; and, of course, Charlie Brown’s hopeless pursuit of love and happiness.
The Bluefield College rendition of the production will feature a small, select cast of BC music and theatre majors. Senior music major Josh King of Fredericksburg, Virginia, will play CharlieBrown, the kind and generous five-year-old who lacks self-confidence and succeeds at very little, despite his can-do attitude. King’s other BC stage appearances include Curly in “Oklahoma,” Paul Bratter in “Barefoot in the Park,” and the King in “Big River.” King will also serve as music director for “Charlie Brown.”
Senior theatre major Katherine Santschi, also of Fredericksburg, will play the crabby, cynical eight-year-old bully, Lucy. Santschi has appeared as Ado Annie in BC Theatre’s “Oklahoma,” Corrie in “Barefoot in the Park,” and an American frontier daughter in “Quilters.” In addition to her role in the cast, Santschi will serve as choreographer for “Charlie Brown.”
Mindy Blume of Forest Hill, West Virginia, a double major in theatre and music, will play the role of Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy, who demonstrates more wisdom and human qualities than the people around him. BC audiences have enjoyed Blume in past productions as Laurie in “Oklahoma” and Miss Watson in “Big River.”
Music major Jonathan Penn of Martinsville, Virginia, will play Lucy's brother, Linus, the mild mannered child who always carries a blanket as his security and comfort. Penn’s previous roles with BC Theatre have included “Judd” in Oklahoma and Jim in “Big River.”
Theatre major Bobby Hall of Princeton, West Virginia, will play Schroeder, a virtuoso toy-piano-playing, Beethoven-obsessed blond boy. While Lucy is infatuated with him, he sees her mainly as a nuisance. Hall’s previous work on the BC stage includes Huck in “Big River,” George in “Our Town,” and Motel in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Music student Kara O’Neal of Tannersville, Virginia, will play Sally, the laid-back, philosophical younger sister of Charlie Brown. O’Neal made her first appearance with BC Theatre last fall in “Big River.”
BC’s presentation of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be directed by theatre professors Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy-Reese, who say the production is “warm” and “glowing.”
“This will be a very different kind of show for our musical audiences,” said Reese. “Unlike our other musicals, like ‘Oklahoma’ or ‘Big River,’ this is a small, intimate show, but that’s what makes it so special. It’s like the cast is singing right to you. It makes you feel good -- all warm and glowing on the inside. And, in a winter in Bluefield, warm and glowing is a very good thing.
For more information about “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” or other BC Theatre productions this winter or spring, contact the Theatre Department by e-mail at or by phone at 276-326-4244 or 276-326-4213.