Good Grief, you're a star Charlie Brown

THE revival of the Warrnambool Theatre Company (WTC) continues next week with five stagings of the Peanuts-inspired musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Warrnambool Theatre Company’s Jacqui Lumsden (left) and Phil Dennis will hit the stage next week in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 
                                                             140511RG71 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Warrnambool Theatre Company’s Jacqui Lumsden (left) and Phil Dennis will hit the stage next week in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 140511RG71 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

The family-friendly show — based on the characters and comic strips created by Charles M. Schulz — is the first major production by the company for a couple of years, which has struggled with numbers.

But president Heather Goddard, who is also directing the production, said the theatre company was on the rise again.

“The company has languished a bit,” she said, adding that stalwart members had moved on and a lot of younger drama enthusiasts coming up through the ranks of Holiday Actors had headed for Melbourne.

“We found last year we were in a state of transition. We didn’t have enough people to put together a committee (let alone a full show).”

Those who remained were unwilling to let 60 years of history fizzle out, so the company staged a small cabaret revue at the Mozart Hall, which not only sold out but helped rejuvenate the group.

The revue may return later this year, and workshops run by the WTC throughout the year are aimed at generating new members.

But in the meantime, the show must go on, and next week that show is You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. 

It stars Phil Dennis as Charlie Brown and follows him through a day of the usual ups and downs seen regularly in the Peanuts comics strip.

The musical will be staged five times in Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Studio — at 8pm on May 21-24 with a special matinee to be held on May 24 at 2pm.

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