By Lora Owston
Alderson Broaddus University will hit the stage next week with the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The musical is a comedic production based on Charles Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts, and follows a series of vignettes centered on Charlie Brown and his circle of friends. The production is hosted by Alderson Broaddus University’s school of music and directed by assistant professor of music Lewis Hall.
“It’s a good show – it’s a fun show – it’ll bring in the community,” Hall said.
The school of music traditionally holds a bi-annual musical production. This year’s musical was chosen for its ease and small cast size. The cast consists of six primary characters, with music education major Sam Miser playing the titular character Charlie Brown.
“There’s an unfortunate misconception that our musical ensembles are just for music students, which has never been true,” Hall said. “It’s not true of the choir, the band, the musicals – even opera scenes have had many non-music majors.”
Approximately one third of the entire cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown consists of non-music majors. All students are encouraged to audition and participate in the school of music’s productions, and they can use the experience as an art credit for their liberal studies. Hall explained that he would like to additionally include faculty and staff in future productions through small roles and stage help.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will run for three nights from April 12 through April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Funkhouser Auditorium. While tickets are five dollars, Alderson Broaddus students will receive free entry with a valid student ID.