The Phoenix Kids will present a camp version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 13 at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St., Duryea.
General admission is $10 and $5 for children age 5 and under. For reservations, call 570-457-3589 as seating is limited.
This was a three-week intensive theatre camp for ages 10 to 12. The campers attended camp Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Their day was filled with singing, blocking and choreography for the first two weeks. Week three was the campers tech week in which the campers ran the show each day working with lighting, music and working out the rough spots.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. Most of the characters are 5-6 years old. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Patty, Shroeder, Lucy, Linus, Pig Pen, Marcie, Sally, Violet, Charlie Brown and Snoopy. All of the characters share their observations, largely negative, of Charlie Brown.
As the play progresses, the relationships of the Peanuts characters to one another are further expanded. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and takes great pleasure in tormenting Charlie Brown. Linus loves his blanket. Snoopy lives in his rich imagination. Charlie Brown is in love with a mysterious little, redheaded girl. The show ends with each character listing things that for him or her equal happiness. Finally, Lucy ends up telling Charlie Brown what a good man he is, leaving a smiling, happy Charlie Brown alone on stage.