West Long Branch: This past weekend, the Shore Players wrapped up their performance of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” This entertaining performance played more like a sketch comedy and less like a musical. Throughout the performance the main characters Charlie Brown (Jake Cameron), Snoopy (Emily Mitro), Linus (Michael Sweeney), Sally (Julianna Bristol), Schroeder (Thomas Dougherty), Lucy (Hannah Stone) helped to tell the story of “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.”
With the help of ancillary characters, Woodstock, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Freida, Violety Gray, Shermy, Molly Volley, and Loretta the performance moved quickly between musical numbers. Each character’s unique situation coupled with his or her tie to Charlie Brown helped to create a grade school like humor that would only be relevant in a story about a child’s average day.
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The production elements were simple. The characters and their stories, as trivial as they may be, were at times simple, funny, and dynamic. This performance used character back story that almost any Charlie Brown fan would understand.
The relationships between Charlie Brown and Sally held the audience’s attention throughout the performance. But as with any Charlie Brown story, it is his luck, or lack there of, that creates a sense of sympathy which plays well with all of us. Whether it is his pinning for the “little red-headed girl” or his propensity to make a fool of himself, the trials and tribulations of Charlie Brown are something that most, if not all, of us could relate to.
This two-act performance kept the audience laughing from the start to the end. As intended, the characters and their interactions told a wonderfully average story boy who is awestruck, awkward, kind, honest, and kind hearted.
The Shore Players performance of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” was entertaining and fun. Due to the simplicity of this production of the show relies heavily on character relationships and performance; both of which were strengths of this performance. All of those that participated in the play and the production made the audience feel as though they were part of a live performance of a Charles M. Schulz comic. The Shore Players should be proud of this production and the warm response it gained from the audiences throughout the three-day peformance.