2011-10-07 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RTC Cast And Crew Work For "Peanuts"

A Wave Review

Members of the Rockaway Theatre Company have been busily rehearsing for the October 14 opening of the great family musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on Charles Schultz’ famous comic strip. Directors Susan Corning and Frank Caiati, teamed with musical director, Richard Louis-Pierre, have assembled a superb cast of actors who step into the cels of their iconic “Peanuts” counterparts as if they, themselves, were actually created in pen and ink.

Charlie Brown is played by Patrick Meyers, probably best known by RTC audiences as the handsome cowboy, Curly, in “Oklahoma,” 2009. Charlie’s kid sister, Sally, is played by Patrick’s “Oklahoma,” leading lady, Breezy Point’s favorite triple threat, Catherine Leib who also assumes the role of choreographer in this production. As Charlie Brown, Patrick’s relationship with his “Oklahoma” nemesis, Jud Fry, morphs into the loving bond between a boy and his dog. Chaz Peacock has been seen on the RTC stage in many different incarnations over the past five years, but this is his first time treading the boards on his paws as the most loveable beagle in pop culture. Like Catherine, Chaz is also part of the production team taking on the responsibilities of assistant director.

This cast is the perfect blend of old and new as it boasts some bright and talented newcomers to the RTC. John Panepinto (Schroeder), a wellknown figure in Brooklyn community theater, makes his first trip over the Marine Parkway Bridge and Rockaway theater audiences are sure to be glad that he was willing to pay the cost of the toll. Schroeder is the object of little Lucy Van Pelt’s affection. Lucy is played by another gifted RTC newcomer, Katherine Robinson, a beautiful and versatile little vocal powerhouse who manages to shine in a cast of five other bright spots. Her cute little brother, Linus, is portrayed by the equally cute James Dalid, who actually made his RTC debut earlier this season in the July production of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Audience members who have never seen this show may be curious as to what all the excitement is about. “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown – the Musical” tells the story of an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. A day made up of little moments and emotions picked from all the days of the year – from Valentine’s Day to baseball season. The main character’s emotions, ranging from wild optimism to utter despair, are all mixed in with those of his friends (both human and nonhuman) and strung upon the string of a single day, beginning with bright uncertain morning and concluding with hopeful starlit evening.

Audiences of all ages will be delighted at the fun songs, the bright and colorful costumes, the exciting special effects, and the enormous cartoon set designed by Caiati himself and constructed by the amazing Tony Homsey and his expert team. All of these elements bring the iconic comic-strip-world of Charles Schulz to life. There will be performances at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden on October 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. and October 16*, 22 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

*Please Note: The performance on October 16 is a fundraising performance for the North Shore Animal League America. Proceeds from that matinee will go to NSAL and loveable puppies and kittens will be available for adoption at the theater during that performance only. Happiness is seeing a fantastic musical comedy performance and going home with a little Snoopy of your own!

So come on, get happy! What are you waiting for? Order your tickets today. They are selling fast! Availability for the NSAL Benefit performance, on October 16, is especially limited. For ticket prices and reservation information please call the RTC Hotline: 718-374-6400 or visit the Website at www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

It’s guaranteed to be great fun for the whole family, but it only runs for two weekends. Make your reservations immediately or, good grief … you might miss your chance!

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