Spring is Here and Music Fills the Air at Oyster Bay High School
“You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” premiered Off-Broadway in 1967 with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. It won the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.
It was staged in London’s West End in 1968. Also in 1968 it won the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
In 1973, the show was adapted for television in a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV special, broadcast on NBC.
CBS aired a prime-time animated TV special in 1985, based on the original musical.
In 1999, it returned with U.S. tour and a Broadway revival. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. It won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
In 2000, it again won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
The York Theatre Company revived the musical Off-Broadway for an engagement lasting from May 24 through June 26, 2016. A cast recording of the production was released on November 4, 2016.
Recently, The Gallery Players staged an Off-Off Broadway revival for a limited run from January 28 through February 19, 2017
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Fine and Performing Arts Department proudly presents their offering of “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” the weekend of March 24, 25 and 26. Show times are 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday March 24 and 25 and 2 pm on Sunday March 26.
For lucky audience members who purchase tickets for the Sunday Matinee performance scheduled at 2 pm on March 26, the Friends of the Performing Arts Center (The PAC) will be serving up a complimentary Brunch at 12:30 pm in the OBHS Cafeteria.
The Friends of the PAC will be selling raffle tickets at all performances. The prizes include an iPad Pro and gift certificates to local restaurants. The drawing for the raffle will be held on Sunday, March 26.
“The Peanuts Movie” is a 2015 animated comedy film based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. The film is written by Craig and Bryan Schulz (Schulz's son and grandson, respectively).
The film sees Charlie Brown trying to improve his odds with the Little Red-Haired Girl. Meanwhile, Snoopy writes a book about the World War I Flying Ace, as he imagines himself as a legend trying to save his love interest and fellow pilot, Fifi, from the Red Baron and his army. The Peanuts Movie received positive reviews from critics. It also received nominations for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
On Friday, March 10, the Fine and Performing Arts Department will have a free screening of the film at 6 pm in the OBHS PAC for a family movie night.
Mr. Kerry Prep is directing the Oyster Bay High School Musical for the first time with “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” although he is no stranger to the OBHS stage. For the past two years, Mr. Prep has directed the 7 and 8 Grade Musical revues.
Mr. Prep nurturing style and professionalism has been a perfect fit with the talents of OBHS students. Rehearsals have been going very well and an on-looker was heard to say this production is “adorable.”
Mr. Matthew Sisia will lead the live Pit Band featuring student and staff musicians. They are: Victoria Carchietta and Gigi Grady on Flute, Laura Angelone and Ashley Hazan on Clarinet, Ryan Obes on Tenor Sax, Emma Ingoglia and Kate Devereaux on French Horn, Joe Petrone and Michael Giannetta on Trumpet, Michael Biggiani on Trombone, Matt Jaronczyk on Euphonium, Matt DiCarali and Terrance Cameron on Percussion, and Meagan Finnerty on Piano.
The cast includes Sarah Conway, Julia Tauter, Anabella Ballone, Kayla McKenna, Christopher McKenna, Grace McKenna, Ava Aschettino, Kyra Tischler, Kayleigh Crawford, Ali Martorella, Isabella Rosenthal, Kayla Cronin, Katherine Ruiz, Miriam Coor, Destini Gaeckler, Claudia Paolucci, Muskan Kumar and Arianna Wulffen.
Ms. Maria Randazzo and her stage crew have been extremely busy working behind the scenes building and painting the sets and will be on hand to ensure the production runs smoothly. Danielle DiMeo returns for her third year as Stage Manager. Rebecca Keller and Neal Mehta have signed on as Assistant Stage Managers. The rest of the crew includes Julia Cutajar, Cheli Ann DeCarolis, Emily DeSalvo, Maggie Ford, Kevin Hart, Logan Iles, Daniel Juhasz, Kirkland Green-Knox, and Valentina LaRocca, Victoria Lattanzio, Elina Leandrou, Krista Marino, Cameron McKean, Kathryn Moore, Karina Paone, Jimmy Peitz, Matthew Peitz, and Jodi Yeh.
Many thanks to Ashley Kowalczyk for the artwork that graces the poster and playbill.