Happiness is … a musical

Charles M. Schulz’s classic comic strip comes to life on the stage in Mouse River Players Community Theatre’s production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” by Clark Gesner. The production includes many musical vignettes that capture memorable moments from the cartoon including the classroom, the Kite-Eating Tree and the Red Baron.

According to Holly Eidsness, director, this show was chosen specifically “because it has a great message.” The musical numbers are recognizable and she, as well as co-director Paula Simonson and musical director Virginia Dohms, predicts the audience will be humming along with the “Peanuts” gang.

The musical follows a day in the life of Charlie Brown, played by John Fishpaw, as he tries to learn what it means to be a “good man.” Kena Davidson plays Charlie Brown’s friend and enemy Lucy, who pursues her true love, Schroeder, played by Josh Snyder, and taunts her brother, Linus,

played by Jordan Crawford. Sarah Thom plays Patty, a fellow classmate and member of the baseball team. Brittany Armstrong plays Charlie Brown’s overly imaginative companion and pet, Snoopy.

At the end of a day full of frustration, the friends reveal what brings them their personal happiness.

The original cast has been expanded to include eight additional characters from the comic strip: Topher Hedgson as Woodstock; Monica Anderson as Sally; Kathy Swanepoel as Frieda; Michelle LaMarca as Peppermint Patty; Kayla Boys as the Little Red-Headed Girl; Chelsea Battles as Marcie; Brenna Heupel as Charlotte; and Kelly Knudson as Loretta.

“This show is a really fun musical with lots of great music,” said Thom. “Little kids and everyone are just going to love it.”

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” performs March 13-15, at 7:30 p.m., and March 16, at 2 p.m., in The Arlene Theater, located at 115-1st St. SE in Minot. The box office will open one hour before the performance, where tickets may be purchased for $12 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 12 and under, or as included in the season ticket package. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling 866-667-1977 or by e-mailing tickets


(Courtney DuPona is a member of Mouse River Players Community Theatre.)