About The Show
Charlie Brown can't seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. His friend, Lucy, is having the same problem with her crush, the piano-playing Schroeder. The entire Peanuts gang struggles through full day of book reports, baseball games, kite flying, and philosophy with a little help from their friends. Charles Schulz’s classic cartoon takes a leap from the newspaper page onto the stage in this lively musical.
Collectively, the six young people in the cast have appeared on stage in community theatre productions, middle school musicals, high schools shows, professional theatre productions, and even a professional opera. And although several of them have appeared together in various shows, all six them have never been in the same show at the same time. These talented young actors decided that they needed a setting to show just what they could do together. You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is a wonderful musical about five kids and their dog. While these roles are normally played by adults, who understands being a kid better than a kid? If funded, the show will run for eight performance at the Waukesha Civic Theatre over two weekends in July, 2012.
How You Can Help
In the old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movies someone would call out "I've got a barn, Let's put on a show!" and off they would go gathering up costumes and props from this garage or that attic. Well, unfortunately, we don't have a barn and if we did you probably wouldn't want to hang out with the cows and sheep on opening night. Musical theatre is expensive to produce. In addition to licensing costs, there is rehearsal space, renting a theatre, props, costumes, set construction... and much, much more.
The good news is that we DO NOT want you to just donate the money for us to put on this show. We want you to buy tickets to see a fantastic show. If you look at those rewards over there on right, most of them are basically you paying $15 for a ticket to the show (with a little swag thrown in for fun). If we can get about 700 of you to pay $15 to see our show, we will be able to cover our upfront costs and put on a spectacular show for you.
And remember, with Kickstarter, it is all or nothing. If we don't raise the $10,000 by our target date, you pay nothing and we don't put on the show. If we do make our goal, however, then you get first choice to reserve your seat to one of our eight fabulous performances in July.
So, what's the deal with the Blockhead Buttons?
Many of the Peanuts gang referred to Charlie Brown as a "Blockhead" and everybody loves smiley faces (even if they don't want to admit it). We figured that it would be great to put both of these wonderful concepts together and create a square smiley face Blockhead button (see image below) as a remembrance of the show. Every person that contributes $10 or more will receive one or more of these awesome buttons. Wear it with pride!
Ryan Albrechtson (Charlie Brown) - Ryan, a senior at Waukesha South High School, is thrilled to be playing one of his dream roles. Ryan has portrayed Augustus Gloop in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Ugly in Honk!, Doo-Wop Quartet in Shake, Rattle & Roll, and a Who in Seussical the Musical. He is currently working on Hairspray at WSHS as Edna Turnblad!
Elena Cramer (Lucy Van Pelt) - Elena (Laney) is delighted to be playing the brash and brassy Lucy! She is an eighth grader at the Waukesha STEM Academy, wants to be a psychiatrist (look out, Charlie!), and has been involved in theatre since she was three years old. Previous roles include Veruca Salt in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the Witch in Into The Woods, Jr., and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Jr. She loves to play cello, piano, and guitar.
Jude Cramer (Linus Van Pelt) - Jude, a fifth grader at Bethesda Elementary School, is excited about this show. He has also portrayed Mike Teevee in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Hermey the Elf in WCT’s 2009 production of Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols, and Pablo in The Dirty Room. He enjoys reading, writing, drawing, improvisational acting, and solving puzzles.
A.J. Magoon (Schroeder) - A.J. is a sophomore at Hamilton High School and has been acting in community theatre productions since he was ten. He has been an ensemble cast member in shows at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and First Stage Children's Theater. His favorite roles include Rudy in Over The Tavern and Arty in Lost in Yonkers.
Erin Magoon (Sally Brown) - Erin, a seventh grader at Templeton Middle School, enjoys dancing and has been a dancer for more than ten years. Last summer, she perfected the skill of singing and chewing gum at the same time as Violet Beauregarde in Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka. Recently, she had the opportunity to perform on stage in the Florentine Opera Company's production of Turandot.
Isaiah Reynolds (Snoopy) - Isaiah, a sophomore at Waukesha South High School, can’t wait to take a bite out of this role. A few of his favorite roles include the Cat in Honk! at WCT and the Candy Man in Willy Wonka at South HS.