EAC presents ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College’s Fine Arts Division proudly presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” from April 7 – 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium, with the understudy performance taking place on April 8.

General admission tickets are $5 for adults and students are free. Tickets are on sale now at the EAC Ticket Office. Call (928) 428-8228 for more information. EAC employees and students can attend for free.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing is in place to accommodate safe spacing. Masks are required.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Synopsis

The musical, based on the wildly popular Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, is probably best described as an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. It is made up of little moments, from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair. The familiar cast of characters is there, from Lucy and Linus, to Schroeder, Sally, and, of course, Snoopy.

The production explores what it means to be a good person, prompted by affirmations from Charlie Brown’s friends. These compliments set Charlie Brown on a journey of self-discovery as the audience follows him and his friends through a day of adventure and trials.

Musical numbers include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.”

The play spans the months between Valentine’s Day and Beethoven Day, following the characters in their optimism and utter despair.

“ ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ is a crowd-pleasing classic for all ages,” said Chase Moore, EAC Musical Theatre director. “Anybody who’s a Peanuts fan will relive lots of fun memories from the comic strip.”

Behind the Production

The production is directed by Dr. Dale J. Young, and features set designs by Greg Owen, both EAC associate professors of theater arts. Music is under the direction of Chase Moore. The production is choreographed by Rena De La Cruz, with costumes designed by Timilee McNair.

Clark Gesner created the book, music, and lyrics for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, with additional dialogue by Michael Mayer and additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

Winner of two Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and an Outer Critic Circle Award, this production’s musing on life’s ironies and delights continues to resonate with audiences’ hearts.

Theatre Arts at EAC

You can shine in the spotlight at EAC! In the Department of Theatre Arts, students take part in dynamic shows and emerge as artists for the next step in their careers.

“Our graduates are successful all across the country,” said Dr. Dale J. Young. “Some of the roles they hold are teachers, managers, actors, playwrights, directors, administrators, MFA graduate students, and the list goes on.”

Students interested in this area of study at Eastern Arizona College enter the Associate of Arts Program in Theatre Arts https://www.eac.edu/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Theatre/. This program offers dynamic learning opportunities in acting, stagecraft, scene design, stage make-up, costume design, play analysis, and more. This curriculum meets the targeted requirements for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program at a college or university.