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 the true meaning of Christmas.

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

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  • 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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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Coterie, Inc. KANSAS CITY, MO 11/07/2017 12/31/2017
    Dallas Children's Theatre DALLAS, TX 11/16/2017 12/23/2017
    Academy of Performing Arts Inc. ORLEANS, MA 11/17/2017 12/30/2017
    Volcano Theatre Company VOLCANO, CA 11/17/2017 12/09/2017
    Main Street Theatre HOUSTON, TX 11/20/2017 12/22/2017
    Roxy Productions, Inc. CLARKSVILLE, TN 11/23/2017 12/16/2017
    First Stage MILWAUKEE, WI 11/24/2017 12/31/2017
    1st Street Players BIRDSBORO, PA 11/24/2017 12/03/2017
    Fontanel Attractions WHITES CREEK, TN 11/24/2017 12/23/2017
    Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. LYNBROOK, NY 11/25/2017 12/22/2017
    St. Jude the Apostle School ATLANTA, GA 11/29/2017 12/02/2017
    Stage Coach Players, Inc. DE KALB, IL 11/30/2017 12/03/2017
    Pollard Memorial United Methodist Ch. TYLER, TX 11/30/2017 12/02/2017
    Prescott Center for the Arts PRESCOTT, AZ 11/30/2017 12/17/2017
    Jackson County High School JEFFERSON, GA 11/30/2017 12/03/2017
    Wentzville Christian Church WENTZVILLE, MO 11/30/2017 12/02/2017
    Sculptor Elementary School TITUSVILLE, FL 11/30/2017 12/01/2017
    Byron Steele High School CIBOLO, TX 11/30/2017 12/09/2017
    Ada Community Theatre ACT II ADA, OK 11/30/2017 12/02/2017
    Worthington Kilbourne High School COLUMBUS, OH 11/30/2017 12/02/2017
    Taproot Theatre Company SEATTLE, WA 11/30/2017 12/27/2017
    Theatre of Youth BUFFALO, NY 11/30/2017 12/17/2017
    City Theater Associates BIDDEFORD, ME 12/01/2017 12/17/2017
    Community Playhouse of Lancaster County LANCASTER, SC 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    County Players Inc. WAPPINGER FALLS, NY 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Elyria High School ELYRIA, OH 12/01/2017 12/02/2017
    Diamond Head Theatre HONOLULU, HI 12/01/2017 12/23/2017
    La Porte Little Theatre Club Inc. LA PORTE, IN 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Menomonie Theater Guild MENOMONIE, WI 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Children & Adults Theatrical Studio LUBBOCK, TX 12/01/2017 12/16/2017
    Mission Viejo Christian School MISSION VIEJO, CA 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    South Seneca Central School OVID, NY 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Theatre in the Park RALEIGH, NC 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Toms River High School East TOMS RIVER, NJ 12/01/2017 12/02/2017
    Valley Theater Company PROSSER, WA 12/01/2017 12/09/2017
    Vive Les Arts Theatre KILLEEN, TX 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Wharf Theatre MONTEREY, CA 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Savannah Children's Theatre SAVANNAH, GA 12/01/2017 12/17/2017
    Nazareth College Arts Center ROCHESTER, NY 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Ellington High School ELLINGTON, CT 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Main Stage Productions, Inc. SPRING, TX 12/01/2017 12/17/2017
    Wings Performing Arts GULFPORT, MS 12/01/2017 12/09/2017
    Performing Arts Summer Theater Academy LAKE BLUFF, IL 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    St. Lukes United Methodist Church ORLANDO, FL 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Performing Arts Academy of New Braunfels NEW BRAUNFELS, TX 12/01/2017 12/02/2017
    Friends of the Broadway MOUNT PLEASANT, MI 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Gaslight Theatre Company WILKES-BARRE TWP, PA 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Hays Community Theatre HAYS, KS 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Riverside Theatre Works HYDE PARK, MA 12/01/2017 12/09/2017
    Plano Children's Theatre PLANO, TX 12/01/2017 12/09/2017
    Union County Arts Center RAHWAY, NJ 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Lebanon Theatre Company LEBANON, OH 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Dublin Scioto High School DUBLIN, OH 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Clarendon College CLARENDON, TX 12/01/2017 12/01/2017
    Academy of Children's Theatre RICHLAND, WA 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Encore Youth Theater HARTLAND, MI 12/01/2017 12/03/2017
    Dawson Middle School SOUTHLAKE, TX 12/02/2017 12/06/2017
    Arizona Rose Theatre TUCSON, AZ 12/02/2017 12/10/2017
    Open Hand Theater SYRACUSE, NY 12/02/2017 12/30/2017
    Little Actors' Theatre VALDOSTA, GA 12/02/2017 12/03/2017
    The Rialto Theatre AKRON, OH 12/02/2017 12/23/2017
    Theatre Company of Saugus SAUGUS, MA 12/02/2017 12/10/2017
    Collierville Arts Council COLLIERVILLE, TN 12/02/2017 12/10/2017
    Cerro Gordo Middle School CERRO GORDO, IL 12/02/2017 12/02/2017
    Fultondale High School BIRMINGHAM, AL 12/05/2017 12/16/2017
    Cabell Midland High School ONA, WV 12/05/2017 12/06/2017
    Dominion Christian Elementary School RESTON, VA 12/06/2017 12/07/2017
    Alpena Civic Theatre ALPENA, MI 12/07/2017 12/17/2017
    Oldham County High School BUCKNER, KY 12/07/2017 12/09/2017
    Piedmont Players Theatre SALISBURY, NC 12/07/2017 12/16/2017
    Muskegon Catholic Central High School MUSKEGON, MI 12/07/2017 12/09/2017
    Steel City Theatre Company PUEBLO, CO 12/07/2017 12/17/2017
    Manitoba Theatre for Young People WINNIPEG, MB 12/07/2017 12/31/2017
    Keyser Primary Middle School KEYSER, WV 12/07/2017 12/10/2017
    Ethan H. Shive Elementary School ROCKWELL, NC 12/07/2017 12/07/2017
    City of Rocky Mount ROCKY MOUNT, NC 12/07/2017 12/10/2017
    St. John Paul II Catholic High School HUNTSVILLE, AL 12/07/2017 12/07/2017
    Circle Theatre of Barnwell BARNWELL, SC 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Midland High School MIDLAND, TX 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Phipps Center for the Arts HUDSON, WI 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Arizona Broadway Theatre PEORIA, AZ 12/08/2017 12/27/2017
    Hoogland Center for the Arts SPRINGFIELD, IL 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Sandusky High School SANDUSKY, OH 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Mill Race Theatre Company COLUMBUS, IN 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Palmyra High School PALMYRA, MO 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    St. Charles County Christian Educators O'FALLON, MO 12/08/2017 12/08/2017
    Gulfport Little Theatre GULFPORT, MS 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Fort Wayne Youtheatre FORT WAYNE, IN 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Henrico Theatre Company HENRICO, VA 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Waxahachie Community Theatre WAXAHACHIE, TX 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Marva Theater Performing Arts Center POCOMOKE CITY, MD 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Daniel Island School CHARLESTON, SC 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    NewArt School NEWTON, NC 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Suwanee First United Methodist Church SUWANEE, GA 12/08/2017 12/15/2017
    The Music Studio of Warrensburg WARRENSBURG, MO 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Twinsburg High School TWINSBURG, OH 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Fremont Opera House FREMONT, NE 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Days of Wonder School BATAVIA, OH 12/08/2017 12/08/2017
    Kennedale High School KENNEDALE, TX 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Rabun County High School TIGER, GA 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Broadway Theatre VISTA, CA 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    South Beloit High School SOUTH BELOIT, IL 12/09/2017 12/10/2017
    Prattville's Way off Broadway PRATTVILLE, AL 12/09/2017 12/17/2017
    Cape Fear Community College WILMINGTON, NC 12/09/2017 12/09/2017
    Christ Community Church LEAWOOD, KS 12/09/2017 12/09/2017
    Moorpark Presbyterian Church MOORPARK, CA 12/09/2017 12/10/2017
    Neighborhood Christian Center TUMWATER, WA 12/09/2017 12/09/2017
    Roland-Grise Middle School WILMINGTON, NC 12/09/2017 12/10/2017
    Bay Street Players, Inc. EUSTIS, FL 12/10/2017 12/10/2017
    Clinton Community Church CLINTON, NC 12/10/2017 12/10/2017
    Epiphany United Church of Christ CHICAGO, IL 12/10/2017 12/10/2017
    Love Your City Theater CEDAR HILL, TX 12/11/2017 12/16/2017
    Cocoa Village Playhouse COCOA, FL 12/11/2017 12/12/2017
    Faith Baptist Church GLEN BURNIE, MD 12/11/2017 12/12/2017
    Glenn High School KERNERSVILLE, NC 12/14/2017 12/15/2017
    Newnan Community Theatre Company NEWNAN, GA 12/14/2017 12/23/2017
    Sinclair Community College DAYTON, OH 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Paris Community Theatre PARIS, TX 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Worthington High School WORTHINGTON, MN 12/14/2017 12/15/2017
    Sumrall High School SUMRALL, MS 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
    Charlottesville Catholic School CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
    Enka High School CANDLER, NC 12/14/2017 12/15/2017
    Avondale Logandale School CHICAGO, IL 12/14/2017 12/15/2017
    Marion High School MARION, SD 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
    St. Louis the King Catholic School GLENDALE, AZ 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
    Seacoast Repertory Theatre PORTSMOUTH, NH 12/14/2017 12/23/2017
    St. John the Evangelist School WARRENTON, VA 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
    Hershey Area Playhouse HERSHEY, PA 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Philipsburg-Osceola High School PHILIPSBURG, PA 12/15/2017 12/16/2017
    Southgate Community Players SOUTHGATE, MI 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Foundation of Arts JONESBORO, AR 12/15/2017 12/19/2017
    Surrey Little Theatre SURREY, BC 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Vashon Center for the Arts VASHON, WA 12/15/2017 12/16/2017
    South Stokes High School WALNUT COVE, NC 12/15/2017 12/16/2017
    Voyager Academy Middle School DURHAM, NC 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Thorn Hill Learning Center FRANKFORT, KY 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Jim Elliot Christian High School LODI, CA 12/15/2017 12/16/2017
    Bob Hope High School PORT ARTHUR, TX 12/15/2017 12/15/2017
    Marquee Youth Stage SAINT CHARLES, IL 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Grace Church DURANGO, CO 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Everybody's Theater Company MAPLE GLEN, PA 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Mountain Bible Church PAYSON, AZ 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    H.O.T.T. Productions SCHAUMBURG, IL 12/16/2017 12/16/2017
    Alliance High School ALLIANCE, OH 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Faith Landmarks Ministries RICHMOND, VA 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Church of the Holy Spirit LAKE FOREST, IL 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Action Church CLOVIS, CA 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Charles Pinckney Elementary School MT. PLEASANT, SC 12/19/2017 12/20/2017
    Damascus High School DAMASCUS, MD 12/20/2017 12/20/2017
    Magik Theatre SAN ANTONIO, TX 12/20/2017 12/30/2017
    Owen Sound Little Theatre OWEN SOUND, ON 12/21/2017 12/21/2017
    Secret Theatre Musicals LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 12/21/2017 01/06/2018
    StoryBook Theatre CALGARY, AB 12/21/2017 12/23/2017
    Hamburg Presbyterian Church HAMBURG, NY 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    Advent Lutheran Church ARLINGTON, TX 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    Grace United Methodist Church INDIANA, PA 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    The Union Church of Hinsdale HINSDALE, IL 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    City of District Heights Theatre DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD 12/28/2017 12/28/2017
    Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater ORANGEVILLE, IL 11/24/2018 12/02/2018
    Chapin Community Theatre CHAPIN, SC 11/29/2018 12/09/2018
    Port Gamble Theater PORT GAMBLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018