WANNEROO student Caleb Stevens will be channelling his inner child to play musical prodigy Schroeder in the Garrick Theatre’s fresh take on the classic 1967 musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The 14-year-old Kingsway Christian College student said the light-hearted musical showed a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in a collection of short scenes and songs based on the popular comic.
“Schroeder is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the toy piano, as well as by his love of classical music and composer Ludwig van Beethoven,” he said.
“He is also the object of the unrequited infatuation of Lucy van Pelt, who constantly leans on Schroeder’s piano, much to his annoyance.”
Director Celeste Underhill said the musical would also feature Snoopy, Charlie Brown and his little sister Sally as well as Linus, the younger brother of Lucy van Pelt.
“Lucy is characterised as a crabby, bossy and opinionated girl who bullies other characters in the play,” she said.
“Though Linus van Pelt is very young, he is extremely intelligent and acts as the plays philosopher and theologian.
“Linus is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket, for which he is often mocked by other characters, and he often sucks his thumb.
“Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle, while he speaks he is not understood by other characters.”
Woodvale resident Tania Morrow will play Sally Brown and said she shared many personality traits with her character.
“Sally speaks passionately and philosophises out loud about everything, whether it makes sense or not,” she said.
“She is smart and confident and seems to be in her own little world most of the time and impulsively says exactly what is on her mind.
“And that’s me in a nutshell.”
Ms Underhill said the family-friendly production would be a hit for all ages.
“I love the songs and the fact that it is a small cast,” she said.
“There are great character roles for actors to sink their teeth into.
“Peanuts is a classic and timeless. The characters will live on forever.”
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is showing at Garrick Theatre in Guildford on June 2-5, 9-12, 15-18.
All performances start at 8pm sharp except for matinees on June 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 2pm.
To book call 9378 1990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org