Charlie Brown lives again

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    By Lee Champion

    Whoever said cartoons are not real will be eating their words.

    Everyone’s favorite best friend and neighbor, Charlie Brown, can be seen live with all of the Peanuts gang in the American Fork Community Theater production, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”

    On Friday night a few of my friends and I fought the rain and cold to attended this outdoor production. As we were waiting for the show to start, a downpour began.

    We hung out under a tree waiting for the show to begin. Despite the small crowd and weather, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Schroeder and Lucy were there in all their glory.

    “Charlie Brown” starred two BYU graduates: Erin Sacks, and Tony Cobb. Sacks, who graduated from the Music-Dance-Theater program, played Sally. Cobb, who graduated in film, played Snoopy.

    Sally and Snoopy hunting for a rabbit to theme songs from “Mission-Impossible,” “Jaws,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “Chariots of Fire,” was one of the best parts.

    Watching this musical reminded me of sitting in front of the television watching the Peanut gang every week and reading the comic strip every Sunday morning before church. The cast was very true to their characters. I really saw Lucy give Charlie Brown advice for five cents, Sally bat her eyes at Linus and Snoopy become the Red Baron.

    Even lighting problems including the one house light coming on and off sporadically during scenes, the show was extremely enjoyable. The musical is true to the characters and situations Charles Schulz created. Many of the short scenes (some of them only 1 or 2 lines) are exactly like the comic strip.

    After the shows run, Sacks will be moving to New York City to continue her career in musical theater, and Cobb will be performing in the Utah Opera for the 2000-2001 season.

    Charlie Brown finishes its run on Sept. 7,8 and 9 in the American Fork Amphitheater at 850 E. 700 North, starting at 8 p.m. each night.

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