A Charlie Brown Christmas


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.

    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:

    is presented by arrangement with
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Combo Instrumentation

    1 Piano
    1 Bass
    1 Percussion

    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom Toms
    Floor Tom
    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
    Pig Pen

  • 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
    Hillcrest High School SPRINGFIELD, MO 11/10/2017 11/11/2017
    Lee Christian High School SANFORD, NC 11/11/2017 11/12/2017
    Woodrow Wilson High School LOS ANGELES, CA 11/15/2017 11/18/2017
    Dallas Children's Theatre DALLAS, TX 11/16/2017 12/23/2017
    Virginia Samford Theatre BIRMINGHAM, AL 11/16/2017 11/19/2017
    Liberty Christian Academy PATASKALA, OH 11/17/2017 11/18/2017
    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
    Boston Children's Theatre BOSTON, MA 11/25/2017 12/20/2017
    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
    Prescott Center for the Arts PRESCOTT, AZ 11/30/2017 12/17/2017
    Byron Steele High School CIBOLO, TX 11/30/2017 12/09/2017
    Theatre of Youth BUFFALO, NY 11/30/2017 12/17/2017
    City Theatre 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
    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
    Theatre in the Park RALEIGH, NC 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    Valley Theater Company PROSSER, WA 12/01/2017 12/09/2017
    Nazareth College Arts Center ROCHESTER, NY 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
    Faith Landmarks Ministries RICHMOND, VA 12/01/2017 12/01/2017
    Riverside Theatre Works HYDE PARK, MA 12/01/2017 12/09/2017
    Union County Arts Center RAHWAY, NJ 12/01/2017 12/10/2017
    StoryBook Theatre CALGARY, AB 12/01/2017 12/23/2017
    Collierville Arts Council COLLIERVILLE, TN 12/02/2017 12/10/2017
    Piedmont Players Theatre SALISBURY, NC 12/07/2017 12/16/2017
    Road Less Traveled Productions BUFFALO, NY 12/07/2017 12/24/2017
    Phipps Center for the Arts HUDSON, WI 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Mill Race Theatre Company COLUMBUS, IN 12/08/2017 12/09/2017
    Vive Les Arts Theatre KILLEEN, TX 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Fort Wayne Youtheatre FORT WAYNE, IN 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Waxahachie Community Theatre WAXAHACHIE, TX 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Kennedale High School KENNEDALE, TX 12/08/2017 12/10/2017
    Christ Community Church LEAWOOD, KS 12/09/2017 12/09/2017
    Cocoa Village Playhouse COCOA, FL 12/11/2017 12/12/2017
    Glenn High School KERNERSVILLE, NC 12/14/2017 12/15/2017
    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
    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
    Hershey Area Playhouse HERSHEY, PA 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Foundation of Arts JONESBORO, AR 12/15/2017 12/19/2017
    Magik Theatre SAN ANTONIO, TX 12/15/2017 12/23/2017
    Church of the Holy Spirit LAKE FOREST, IL 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Charles Pinckney Elementary School MT. PLEASANT, SC 12/19/2017 12/20/2017
    Port Gamble Theater PORT GAMBLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
    Academy of Children's Theatre RICHLAND, WA 12/01/2018 12/10/2018