Six years ago, Director Beth Kasper had the vision to build a Youth Theater Group at the JCC for 2nd - 8th graders. Today our theater program is flourishing. Our most recent production, The Wizard of Oz, was a smashing success and now we are gearing up for our 2013-14 season with You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Youth Theater Program is open to the community. For questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performance dates are Thursday, February 6, Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains.
Registration fee applies for those who are cast in the show.
Members: $225; Community Participant: $300 Use course number 24218 via the login/regsiter button to the right.
Read below for lots of details about this year's show:
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown – Song List
Opening/You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown – Peanuts Gang
Schroeder – Lucy (sung over Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata")
Snoopy – Snoopy, Kazoo Chorus and Lead Chorus
My Blanket and Me – Linus, Additional characters (girls only) and Lead Dancers
The Kite – Charlie Brown and Peanuts Gang
The Doctor is In (Dr. Lucy) – Lucy and Charlie Brown
Beethoven Day – Schroeder and Peanuts Gang
The Book Report – Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy (acting chorus of Robin Hood, Sheriff of Notingham and Merry Men, Rabbits)
My New Philosophy – Sally, Schroeder and Additional Characters
T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game) – Charlie Brown and Peanuts Gang
Glee Club Rehearsal – CB, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Additional Characters
Little Known Facts – Lucy with Linus and Charlie Brown
Suppertime – Snoopy, Lead Dancers, Lead Chorus
Happiness – Peanuts Gang
PLEASE NOTE: Additional Characters refer to those with names. Lead Chorus will be made up of a small number of excellent singers. Lead Dancers will be 4-6 girls (chosen at a later date). Peanuts Gang is full cast!
Cast Of Characters
CHARLIE BROWN –A lovable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a "permanent case of bad luck". He is often taken advantage of by his peers. STRONG Actor & singer needed.
SNOOPY - He is Charlie Brown's pet beagle, and is owned and cared for by Charlie Brown although at times it is not clear who is in charge. Snoopy is blessed with a rich fantasy life. STRONG comedic actor & singer needed.
LUCY VAN PELT - A crabby, bossy, selfish girl! She is especially mean to Charlie Brown and her “stupid” little brother Linus. Lucy is in love with Schroeder who has NO interest in her whatsoever. Lucy is loud, obnoxious and has a very strong personality. STRONG actress & singer.
LINUS VAN PELT - He is Lucy’s little brother . Linus always means well and tries to smooth over any storms that arise amongst the gang. A source of frustration for him is Lucy, who always belittles him, particularly over his “stupid blanket” which is always at his side. He and Shermy are Charlie Brown’s best friends. STRONG actor, singer & dancer.
SALLY BROWN – Charlie Brown’s younger sister. Sally has a "take it easy" approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. She is hopelessly in love with Linus. Sally has philosophies on life although they are not the most well thought out philosophies, basically being phrases such as, "Who cares?","Why me?", and "How should I know? STRONG comedic actress & singer.
SCHROEDER- He has a precocious skill at playing the piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder but since Beethoven is a lifelong bachelor, Schroeder feels that he must emulate every aspect of his idol's life. STRONG singer& actor needed.
PIG PEN– A young boy who has a cloud of dirt that constantly follows him. He can get dirty even by walking in a rainstorm. He is kind and while the kids tolerate him, they are disgusted by his filth. Especially Lucy. STRONG actor & singer.
WOODSTOCK – Snoopy’s best friend and sidekick. Woodstock joins in many of Snoopy’s fantasy games. The pair sometimes argue but they always hug and make up and their disagreements are quickly forgiven and forgotten. Woodstock never speaks normal words. The only one who can understand Woodstock’s speech is Snoopy. STRONG actor.
PEPPERMINT PATTY– Patty is a star athlete! Clearly the best player on the baseball team. She is lazy and dimwitted and still doesn’t realize Snoopy is a dog. He is just a “funny looking kid with a big nose”. She is best friends with Marcie. STRONG actress & singer.
MARCIE– A bespectacled bookworm and intellect. She is Peppermint Patty’s sidekick. She calls her “sir” and refers to Charlie Brown as “Chuck”. It bothers her that Peppermint Patty is such a poor student and tries to tell her that Snoopy’s doghouse is not a “guest cottage” and he is not “a funny looking kid with a big nose” but a dog. STRONG actress & singer.
FREIDA - Frieda is very proud of her "naturally curly hair". She manages to bring up the topic of her hair in every conversation, which is shown to annoy the people around her. In turn, Frieda believes the other girls are jealous of her hair. She believes people expect more from her because she has naturally curly hair. She annoys Lucy. STRONG actress& singer.
VIOLET GRAY – She is a bit of a snob. She is proud of her appearance and her status. Her father makes more money that Charlie Brown and she never lets him forget it. She constantly brags. Charlie Brown puts up with her because she is the best 3rd base player on the baseball team. STRONG actress & singer.
SHERMY – Next to Linus, Shermy is Charlie Brown’s best friend. He is superior to Charlie Brown in sports. He is the best player on the baseball team. Charlie Brown idolizes Shermy and can’t believe he is his friend. STRONG actor & singer.
LITTLE RED HEADED GIRL – The beautiful love interest of Charlie Brown. She is a sweet, kind and beautiful girl.
MOLLY VOLLY - She is a champion tennis player. One of the gang but rarely seen without her tennis racket. She is Snoopy’s tennis partner.
LORETTA - She is a girl scout who sells girl scout cookies. She appears to be very scruffy (but is nowhere near as dirty as Pig Pen). She takes her “Girl Scouting” very seriously.
Robin Hood, Sherriff and Merry Men (to act out scenes during “Book Report”)
Rabbits – also for “Book Report”
Kazoo Chorus – “Snoopy”
Small group singing chorus – “Snoopy”, “Suppertime”,
Dancing chorus – “Suppertime”, “My Blanket and Me”
Charlie Brown stands alone as his friends give their various opinions of him, each overlapping the other. Today everyone is calling him a "good man". Charlie Brown is happy and hopeful as usual, but he nevertheless wonders if he really is what they say. He decides to find out how he can really become a good person ("Opening/You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"). Alone one day, during lunch, Charlie Brown talks about his bad days. Then he notices the Little Red-Haired Girl and decides to go sit with her. However, he cannot find the courage to do so. Lucy expresses her deep infatuation with Schroeder and asks him what he thinks of the idea of marriage. Schroeder is aware of her feelings, but remains aloof as he plays his piano. Lucy then exclaims: "My Aunt Marion was right. Never try to discuss marriage with a musician" ("Schroeder"). Sally is sad because her jump rope tangled up. Snoopy is lying on top of his doghouse, relaxing vacantly and peacefully. He begins to daydream about being a wild jungle beast. In a few minutes, however, he is back to his peaceful state ("Snoopy"). Linus enters, holding his blanket and sucking his thumb. Lucy and Sally show up and mock him for this habit. Linus decides to abandon his blanket and move on, only to come running back to it in desperation. After the girls leave, Linus daydreams of a blanket fantasy where everyone can relax with their blankets ("My Blanket and Me"). Lucy later tells him that she would someday like to be a queen. However, Linus tells her that she can't and she threatens to punch him. Sally gets a C in her pathetic coat-hanger sculpture. Charlie Brown appears, trying to get his unusually stubborn kite to soar in the air. Eventually, he succeeds in doing this, and he enjoys a few minutes of triumph before the notorious Kite-Eating Tree eats it up ("The Kite"). After this trauma, Charlie Brown tries to find the right way to give Lucy her Valentine's Day card, but he ends up saying "Merry Christmas", making a fool out of himself. He goes to see Lucy, who is at her psychiatrist booth. He tells her all the things he thinks of himself. Lucy then clears it up by saying that Charlie Brown is unique the way he is, then asks for the five cent price ("The Doctor Is In"). Later, Charlie Brown sees a happy Schroeder spreading the word of Beethoven's birthday and pulling together a celebration. He and company join Schroeder in the song of jubilation ("Beethoven Day"). At noon, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Charlie Brown are working on their Peter Rabbit book reports, each in his or her own way. Lucy is simply babbling to fit the 100-word requirement, Schroeder is doing a "comparison" between the book and Robin Hood, Linus is doing an overcomplicated psychological analysis, and Charlie Brown hasn't even started out of worry, while Sally and Snoopy chase rabbits ("The Book Report").
Snoopy, in his World War I flying ace uniform climbs atop his doghouse. He goes through a scene, with him being a pilot searching for the Red Baron. In his imagination, he is defeated by the Red Baron and returns to the airdrome in France. Sally is clearly cross about a D her teacher gave her on her homework assignment. In response, she says, "Oh, yeah? That's what you think!" Schroeder hears and asks why Sally is telling him that. It quickly becomes Sally's new "philosophy", and she bursts into song about her philosophies. Schroeder, after failing to explain to her how philosophies work, leaves in bafflement while Sally continues ("My New Philosophy"). Charlie Brown returns, and, with his friends, plays the Little League Baseball Championship. After some mishaps, the team finally manages to make some progress. Charlie Brown steps up to the plate, and despite his valiant efforts, strikes out and loses the game. We learn that this was a flashback, and Charlie Brown expresses his deep sorrow to his pen pal ("T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game)"). Lucy takes a crabbiness survey and Linus says that her crabbiness rating is ninety-five. After punching him, she realizes that she is a super crab. Determined not to let what happened at the championship bother him, Charlie Brown decides to join Schroeder's Glee Club and cheer up by singing "Home on the Range" with his friends. Unfortunately, a fight ensues between Lucy and Linus over a pencil. The fight spreads, and Charlie Brown decides to leave with his angry friends, leaving Schroeder and Snoopy the only ones singing ("Glee Club Rehearsal"). Later, Charlie Brown comes across Lucy teaching Linus about nature the way she views it with such as bugs making the grass grow or eating eagles for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Charlie Brown tries to correct her, but she retaliates with a false explanation, and Charlie Brown bangs his head against a tree in frustration ("Little Known Facts"). That evening, Snoopy complains that he hasn't been fed yet, and begins to overcomplicate and dramaticize the matter until Charlie Brown shows up with his dinner. Snoopy bursts into song about his craving for supper until Charlie Brown firmly tells him to eat his meal ("Suppertime"). That night, Charlie Brown is sad that he still has not discovered what it means to be a "good man". He proudly displays a pencil which had been dropped by the Little Red-Haired Girl (his perennial crush). As he examines it, he discovers that "there are teeth-marks all over it . . . she nibbles her pencil . . . she's HUMAN!" With that realization, he concludes that today hasn't been so bad, after all, and he's done a lot of things that make him happy. As Charlie Brown expresses what makes him happy, everyone, touched by his love of life, begin to express what makes them happy as well ("Happiness"). Right then, Charlie Brown realizes that being a "good man" means trying your best and making the most of the things you've been given in life. As his friends leave the stage, Lucy walks over and puts out her hand, making him shrink back. As he reaches out, she shakes his hand firmly, then tells him, "You're a good man, Charlie Brown."
Also...for summertime, consider our performing arts summer day camp program...be sure to check out our Summer Academy for Performing Arts Camp for children entering Grades 5-8. The Summer Academy for Performing Arts is a unique theatre arts and dance camp experience which is a partnership between the JCC of Central NJ 's Camp Yachad and the Union County Vocational Technical School Academy for Performing Arts located in Scotch Plains, NJ.
The campsite is the Academy's impressive state-of-the-art facility on the Union County Vocational Technical School Campus located minutes from the JCC. Door-to-door transportation and lunch is provided. Sessions run for 2 weeks at a time and are offered twice a summer. JCC membership is not required and this performing arts day camp is open to the community.
Our past theater productions have included the following: