You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Armidale Playhouse – February/March 2003
Directed by Nadia Ozanne
This project came as a bit of a surprise. A nice surprise. I was impressed with the public reaction we received for last year's production of Captain Midnite and thought it would be a good idea to produce another show aimed specifically at a younger audience. This show was recommended to me and as I have been a fan of Peanuts comics since I was a kid, I just couldn't say no to directing it. The show is a delightful representation of adult notions with a childlike perspective. Schulz and Gesner depicted a world where the worst thing that can happen to a person is getting their kite stuck in a tree, where giving away a blanket is Like losing a best Friend and that Beethoven can be mastered on a 30cm long piano. The simplicity and honesty of a five year old child can often be a nice way to discover that we sometimes take the world way too seriously. I've tried to show how pleasant it is to discover your little brother loves you and how great it is to pat a dog and how at five years old the importance of homework and winning a baseball game can be all consuming. That at five years of age, no matter how down you might get there is always hope. The cast have been a pleasure to work with and have shown an incredible amount of enthusiasm. My crew is worth their weight in gold. This has been a collaborative effort by everyone involved. Sit back and enjoy reverting back to your childhood.
Charlie Brown: Fergus Parker
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