Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I'm getting very excited because rehearsals for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" start on Friday. It's been a while since I actually acted in a show so I'm pretty stoked to get out of the director's chair and back to my roots. So in honor of my excitement, please meet the cast that I'll be working with for the next few months. 

I know that a good majority of you won't care what shows we've done before, and I have no illusion that this makes us any more important or impressive, however it was fun for me to learn all of my friend's past show histories-- thanks for helping, Joe.

(Just a note, if any of you aren't super familiar with the Peanut gang--- i'm guilty--- I got all of the synopsis' from © Peanuts Worldwide LLC, and if you click on the character's name there's a link to a YouTube video for each character of clips from the animated series. )

Charlie Brown played by Lance Anderson (Director)

Recent credits include: Sweeney Todd (director/vocal director), On Broadway: Third time's a Charm (vocal director), Annie (director), On Broadway Two (vocal director), White Christmas (director/vocal director),  YAGMCB (Charlie Brown/ director), 1776 (Edward Rutledge), On Broadway (Henry Jeykll /Edward Hyde: Jekyll & Hyde), Evita (Che), Into the Woods (Baker), 42nd Street (director), Mystery of Edwin Drood (Jaspar/ director), Funny Girl (director), Chess (Anatoly), Nunsense (director), Music Man (Marcellus), Godspell (director), and Sweeney Todd (director)

"Good ol' Charlie Brown" is the lovable loser in the zig-zag t-shirt—the kid who never gives up (even though he almost never wins). He manages the world's worst baseball team...yet shows up for every game. He can't muster the courage to talk to the Little Red-Haired girl...yet keeps hoping. Even though he gets grief from his friends, his kite-eating tree, even his own dog, Charlie Brown remains the stalwart hero.

Lucy played by Jennifer Neroni-Trupo

Recent credits include: Sweeney Todd (ensemble), Legally Blonde (director/vocal director), On Broadway Two (Doralee: 9 to 5), White Christmas (Betty), YAGMCB (Sally), On Broadway (Elphaba: Wicked), Nunsense (Sister Hubert), Chess (Svetlana), Clue the Musical (Miss Scarlet), Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller), 1776 (Abigail Adams), Crazy for You (Irene), and Brigadoon (Meg)

Known around the neighborhood (and by her little brother, Linus) for being crabby and bossy, Lucy can often be found dispensing advice from her 5-cent psychiatrist's booth, yanking away Linus' security blanket, or humiliating Charlie Brown. Lucy's only weakness? Her unrequited love for the piano-playing Schroeder.

Schroeder played by Joe Kusmierczak

Recent credits include: Sweeney Todd (Anthony), On Broadway Third Time's a Charm (Prince Eric: The Little Mermaid),  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), On Broadway Two ( Dan Goodman: Next to Normal), RENT (Tom Collins), White Christmas (Bob), YAGMCB (Schroeder), 1776 (Thomas Jefferson), Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Joseph (co-director), Brigadoon (Tommy), Damn Yankees (co-director), Beauty and the Beast (co-director), On Broadway (Fiyero: Wicked), and Curtains (co-director)

This mini musical genius is rarely separated from his toy piano or his idol, Beethoven—except when he's calling a game as the reliable catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team. The rest of his time is spent fending off unwanted advances from Lucy.

Linus played by Eric Glynn

Recent credits include: Sweeney Todd (Tobias), On Broadway Third time's a Charm (Bert: Mary Poppins), The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack), Annie (Ensemble), On Broadway Two (Moritz: Spring Awakening), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), On Broadway (Link Larkin: Hairspray), 1776 (Thomas Jefferson), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf), and The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble)

The benevolent, blanket-clutching philosopher always has a kind word for everybody...even his bossy older sister, Lucy. While he's often the voice of reason in the neighborhood, Linus also believes firmly in the Great Pumpkin, and he suffers more than most when people (or pumpkins) let him down.

Sally played by Gabrielle Montgomery

Recent credits include: Sweeney Todd (co-director), Company (Amy),  Into the Woods (Lucinda), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), Annie (assistant director/Boyeln Sister), Seussical (Bird Girl), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Into the Woods (Little Red), Singing in the Rain (Lina Lamont), Pirates of Penzance (Ensemble), Love and War: A Shakespeare Revue (Helena/Midsummer and Katharina/Shrew), The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio) and Little Women (Meg)

Charlie Brown's little sister believes the world owes her an explanation. Why does she have to go to school? Why doesn't Linus, her Sweet Babboo, love her? And what's the capital of Venezuela? Sally is always on the hunt for answers—and when she doesn't get them, she comes up with a whole new philosophy: "Who cares?"

Snoopy played by Jon May

Recent credits include: 1776 (Edward Rutledge), Legally Blonde (Professor Callahan), Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Annie (Bert Healy), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), A Chorus Line (Zach), Funny Money (Vic), Absent Friends (Colin), The Nerd (Willum), Annie (Bert Healy), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Closer than Ever (Ensemble), Cashing it In (director), Dracula (director), Frankenstein (director), The Curious Savage (director), and Love Letters (director)

The wildly imaginative, supremely confident, world-famous beagle is a canine master of disguise. As Joe Cool, he's aloof, unflappable, above the fray, the hip dog we'd all like to be. As the World War I Flying Ace, he engages in aerial combat with the notorious Red Baron. While pondering life from the top of his doghouse, he writes the great American novel, travels to the moon, and plots revenge on the cat next door.

Assistant Director- Danielle White

Recent credits: Sweeney Todd (Johanna), On Broadway Third time's a Charm (Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn), Annie (Ensemble), On Broadway Two (Nala: The Lion King), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), On Broadway (Christine: Phantom of the Opera), Cinderella (ensemble), West Side Story (ensemble), Meet Me in St. Louis (Rose), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), and Hello Dolly (Ermengarde)

Choreographer- Anthony Giambrone

Recent credits include: Sweeney Todd (ensemble/choreographer), Broadway Backwards (director/vocalist) On Broadway Third time's a Charm (ensemble/ choreographer),  RENT (ensemble), Richard III (Richard), The Tempest (Sebastian), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince), The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio), Lion in Winter (Prince Geoffrey), A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) and Julius Caesar (Titinius)


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