Spring 2010 Issue

You can’t keep a good man down

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty and all the Peanuts gang took over Barry’s Miami Shores campus February 25-28 as the Department of Fine Arts presented the 1999 Broadway version of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts John Manzelli, and Assistant Professor Giselle Elgarresta Rios, director of choral and vocal studies, directed a student cast of 15 theater and music majors, including Kathleen Robiou as Lucy van Pelt (pictured left).

The show is billed as “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends, from the bright uncertain morning to the hopeful starlit evening.”

The musical first premiered in an off-Broadway production in 1967. Throughout the years it appeared in various forms including two television specials in 1973 and 1985. It also resulted in a sequel called, “Snoopy!!! The Musical.” The highlight of Barry’s production was a sold-out student performance for more than 900 area Dade County and Archdiocesan school children.