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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Description

The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Music samples provided courtesy of Fantasy Records and Lee Mendelson Film Productions

Photos by Deborah Karson, courtesy of SOOP Theatre Company in Pelham, NY

Synopsis

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.

Credits

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez
and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Orchestration

Combo Instrumentation

1 Piano
1 Bass
1 Percussion

Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Tom Toms
Floor Tom
Hi-Hat
Cymals: Crash, Sizzle, Ride
Handbells (or Glockenspiel)

Rehearsal Materials

1     Prompt Book with Vocal Parts for Director
11   Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast
1     Piano-Vocal Score
1     Production Notes

Cast List

Charlie Brown
Snoopy
Lucy
Linus
Pig Pen
Frieda
Schroeder
Violet
Sally
Patty
Shermy

Brief History

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS was first shown as an animated television special in 1965 and has been part of the holiday tradition ever since. The stage adaptation was completed in 2013.