A Charlie Brown Christmas

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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 with the true meaning of Christmas.

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

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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)

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

    Optional Additional Materials

    1     Tams Rehearsal & Performance Aid

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

  • 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.

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    Emerald City Theatre Company CHICAGO, IL 11/12/2016 01/08/2017
    Dallas Children's Theatre DALLAS, TX 11/17/2016 12/21/2016
    Four County Players BARBOURSVILLE, VA 11/18/2016 12/18/2016
    Ferndale Repertory Theatre FERNDALE, CA 11/23/2016 12/18/2016
    Jenny Wiley Theatre PRESTONBURG, KY 11/25/2016 12/18/2016
    Holland Civic Theatre HOLLAND, MI 11/25/2016 12/10/2016
    Boston Children's Theatre BOSTON, MA 11/26/2016 12/23/2016
    Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. LYNBROOK, NY 11/27/2016 12/30/2016
    Christian Youth Theater - North Idaho DALTON GARDENS, ID 11/28/2016 12/21/2016
    Carousel Theatre for Young People VANCOUVER, BC 11/30/2016 01/01/2017
    Parkland College CHAMPAIGN, IL 12/01/2016 12/11/2016
    Stained Glass Theatre Mid-Missouri JEFFERSON CITY, MO 12/01/2016 12/17/2016
    The Stage Theater HICKMAN, NE 12/01/2016 12/11/2016
    Magical Theatre Company BARBERTON, OH 12/01/2016 12/20/2016
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    Taproot Theatre Company SEATTLE, WA 12/01/2016 12/28/2016
    Essex Community Players ESSEX JCT, VT 12/02/2016 12/11/2016
    Garden Theatre Inc. WINTER GARDEN, FL 12/02/2016 12/18/2016
    Circle Theater OMAHA, NE 12/02/2016 12/17/2016
    Plano Children's Theatre PLANO, TX 12/02/2016 12/10/2016
    Schoolhouse Arts Center STANDISH, ME 12/02/2016 12/18/2016
    Murfreesboro Little Theatre MURFREESBORO, TN 12/02/2016 12/18/2016
    Pickerington Community Theatre REYNOLDSBURG, OH 12/02/2016 12/11/2016
    Savannah Children's Theatre SAVANNAH, GA 12/02/2016 12/18/2016
    Second Story Repertory Theatre REDMOND, WA 12/03/2016 12/22/2016
    Roseville Theater Arts Academy ROSEVILLE, CA 12/03/2016 12/17/2016
    No Square Theatre LAGUNA BEACH, CA 12/03/2016 12/18/2016
    Spokane Civic Theatre SPOKANE, WA 12/03/2016 12/11/2016
    Evergreen Playhouse CENTRALIA, WA 12/03/2016 12/17/2016
    L.A. Matheson Secondary School VANCOUVER, BC 12/06/2016 12/15/2016
    Chattanooga Theatre Centre CHATTANOOGA, TN 12/06/2016 12/09/2016
    Lake Park High School East ROSELLE, IL 12/08/2016 12/11/2016
    Lionheart Theatre Company NORCROSS, GA 12/08/2016 12/18/2016
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    Windmill Productions BELLEFONTAINE, OH 12/09/2016 12/11/2016
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    Tabernacle Baptist Church DECATUR, IL 12/09/2016 12/12/2016
    Goshen Theatre Project EDWARDSVILLE, IL 12/09/2016 12/11/2016
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    Kids on Stage FLORENCE, KY 12/09/2016 12/10/2016
    Activate Community Through Theatre CONCORD, NC 12/09/2016 12/18/2016
    Trinity Byrnes Collegiate DARLINGTON, SC 12/09/2016 12/10/2016
    St. Boniface Elementary School OAK HARBOR, OH 12/09/2016 12/09/2016
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    Elyria High School ELYRIA, OH 12/09/2016 12/09/2016
    Home Made Theater SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12/09/2016 12/18/2016
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    Pensacola Little Theatre PENSACOLA, FL 12/09/2016 12/20/2016
    Nansemond River High School SUFFOLK, VA 12/09/2016 12/10/2016
    The Wilton Playshop WILTON, CT 12/09/2016 12/11/2016
    Warner Theatre TORRINGTON, CT 12/10/2016 12/18/2016
    Cranbury Arts Council CRANBURY, NJ 12/10/2016 12/10/2016
    Cape Fear Community College WILMINGTON, NC 12/10/2016 12/10/2016
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    Lutheran High School INDIANAPOLIS, IN 12/10/2016 12/11/2016
    Showtime Performing Arts BOCA RATON, FL 12/10/2016 01/14/2017
    Ocean State Theatre Company, Inc. WARWICK, RI 12/10/2016 12/10/2016
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    Welcome Hill Baptist Church RINGGOLD, GA 12/11/2016 12/11/2016
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    Madison Junior High School MADISON, IN 12/13/2016 12/14/2016
    San Jose Episcopal Day School JACKSONVILLE, FL 12/14/2016 12/15/2016
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    Royal Players BENTON, AR 12/15/2016 12/17/2016
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    Stagecoach Players DE KALB, IL 11/30/2017 12/03/2017
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