The Skyview show is the third production I've seen of "Charlie Brown" and the second time I've reviewed it for this blog.
I include these few comments from the former review:
|Laura McDonnell as Lucy and Colin Smith as Charlie Brown|
It's been a long time since I saw the 1967 original and, honestly, I cannot now decide which version I like better. Last year I saw the the 1999 version directed by Tony Bump with an adult cast. I won't compare the two on those merits, however, I will say that it is nice to see the show performed by a youthful cast (though it was fun seeing adults play kids, too).
|A dress rehearsal with incomplete backdrop|
That said, I truly enjoyed all the cast performances. The ensemble includes: Nathan Harris as Schroeder, Kennedy Marvin as Patty (not Peppermint Patty), Laura McDonnell as Lucy, Spencer Reid-Rice as Linus, Thomas Silk as Snoopy and Colin Smith in the lead role of Charlie Brown. Marvin and McDonnell--both with excellent singing voices, expressive faces and exceptional delivery--were standouts.
All cast members sang well, especially in the well-harmonized chorus numbers. Smith did slip from the melody from time to time during his solos, but it might have been nerves. With some training and confidence he will shine as a vocalist. He very much reminded me of my late high school friend (the exceptional actor, Steve Catt, in looks and mannerism). Silk made for a very smooth Snoop-dog; his rendition of Suppertime was certainly the showstopper.
|The cast of Skyview's "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"|
The setting was quite interesting as well. Rather than use the auditorium seating area (which is quite large) the seating was on the stage, with audience members on risers close to the action. Which meant only 80 seats, but created an intimate feel. Audience members in the front row, beware (it can get personal).
"Charlie Brown" is a happy, feel-good musical for the whole family and I do recommend that you see this production. Remaining shows are: 7 p.m., January 25 and; 2 and 7 p.m., January 26. General admission is $5. What a deal! Tickets are available at the door on a first come basis.
By Gregory E. Zschomler