You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Directed by Joey Landwehr
November 11 – December 17, 2011

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Based on the Comic Strip ‘Peanuts’ by Charles M. SchultzScripps Ranch Theatre presents a musical for the entire family — You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (1999 revised version) tells the story of an average time in the life of the famous Peanuts comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. Most of the characters are 5-6 years old, however the show obviously is cast older, with actor-singers from mid-teens to mid-30s who can evoke the bearing and act the part of a single-digit child. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Sally, Shroeder, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy. All of the characters share their observations, largely negative, of Charlie Brown. As the play progresses, the relationships of the Peanuts characters to one another are further expanded. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and takes great pleasure in tormenting Charlie Brown. Linus loves his blanket. Snoopy lives in his rich imagination. Charlie Brown is in love with a mysterious little, redheaded girl. The show ends with each character listing things that for him or her equal happiness. Finally, Lucy ends up telling Charlie Brown what a good man he is, leaving a smiling, happy Charlie Brown alone on stage.


Cast

Riley Faison(Schroeder) returns to San Diego after having trained on the East Coast for the past four years. Since returning he has performed with Moonlight Stage Productions, Starlight Amphitheatre, and Legoland California. In addition to theater, he is an active film actor throughout Southern California, having worked on several independent films that are currently circulating throughout the national and international film festival circuits, which most recently included the thriller “Burmese Refugee.” His acting training is from The Boston Conservatory and Point Park University. Thank you to God, Alfonzo, and Lori for support.


Caleb Goh (Charlie Brown) graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and received his Masters degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. He has worked professionally as an actor, singer, host, playwright, director and dancer in Singapore as well as in California, in over 50 stage productions, a dozen television series, and four feature films. Currently, Caleb is the glee club director and full-time drama, dance and musical theater teacher at La Jolla Country Day School. www.calebgoh.com.


Hannah M. James (Sally Brown) is thrilled to be playing her favorite six-year-old cartoon character, and would like to thank her sisters, students, and friends for the inspiration for Sally. SRT Debut. Theater credits elsewhere include: Liane d’Exelmans in Gigi (Lyric Opera San Diego), Phantom (Moonlight Stage Productions), Thoroughly Modern Millie (CCT Musical Theatre), Yum-Yum in The Mikado (San Diego Christian College), Ring Round the Moon (Moonlight at the Avo Theater), Katie in Swingtime Canteen (OnStage Playhouse). Hannah holds a Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre.


Rebecca Lauren Myers is a tenth grader at High Tech High International and treasures growing up within the thriving theatrical community in San Diego. She has extensive credits, including with J*Company, where she won the National Youth Theatre Outstanding Lead Actress Award for her performance in Hansel and Gretel, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Broadway San Diego, Old Globe Theatre, Moonlight’s Avo Playhouse (which included The Magic Fire, winner of a Patté Award for Best Ensemble), San Diego Opera, Starlight Theatre, California Youth Conservatory, San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Stage Company, 6th@Penn Theatre, Spreckles Organ Society and San Diego Shakespeare Society. Becca thanks her teachers, friends and family for their support.


Matthew Starkey (Linus Van Pelt) has been performing in San Diego for 11 years now and has enjoyed every minute. This is his second production with Scripps Ranch Theatre, having appeared previously in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change when it was performed here four years ago, and he is very excited to be back! Currently Matthew works with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Team In Training and will be running in a half marathon in February representing them; giving back is what he enjoys the most! Matthew thanks his friends and family for all their support through the years.


Michelle Tymich (Lucy Van Pelt) is very excited to be making her SRT debut as Lucy! Having recently received her BA in Theatre Arts Performance from San Diego State University, her favorite roles include Amy March in Little Women the Musical, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Cinderella in WISH: A Disney Revue, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Special thanks to her mom and dad, and the rest of her loving and supportive family.


Production Staff

Joey Landwehr (Director) is the proud Artistic Director for J* Company Youth Theatre. He has won over 40 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego, including a special creativity award that gained over $10,000.00 for Rady Children’s Hospital’s cancer unit. Joey moved to San Diego from New York City, having worked as a professional actor and director on and off Broadway, in national tours and regional theater, and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Joey received his MFA in acting and directing from Ohio State University and has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis Sternhagen, F. Murray Abraham, and Twila Tharpe. He has had the privilege of working with such greats as Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Mallory, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone and the late, great Howard Keel. Joey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), the Actors Alliance of San Diego (AASD), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Since moving to San Diego Joey has worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director, and in 2007 received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts. In San Diego, in addition to SRT, Joey has worked with Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova San Diego and The Actors Alliance Festival, winning five different excellence awards. At J* Company he has had the privilege of directing over 20 musicals, and this season will direct J*Company’s productions of The Who’s Tommy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Xanadu, all in proud partnership with La Jolla Playhouse. (More info at www.sdcjc.org/jcompany.)