Welcome to our production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. We are very excited to perform this for you today! I am excited to introduce to you a kindergarten through twelfth grade cast who will be performing this play for you and have been able to put this together in just 2 months! This is our 8th show with this leadership team, past shows include: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICLOR DREAMCOAT, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE MUSIC MAN, ANNIE, WIZARD OF OZ, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, & ANNIE GET YOUR GUN! On August 6-8 we will be doing “Bye Bye Birdie”, please come back and see this all time Classic! Thank you to our directors, Dane Morris (Director/Musical Director) and Jessica Ordaz (Choreographer) for all your amazing work and dedication to the cast! These 2 have worked with me on all the VTA youth shows and were in my SCYT & Biola Youth Theater shows as they were growing up. I am very proud! Watch our website and emails for upcoming future productions! Thanks for supporting our youth theater today! DANA MORRIS Producer
This play is being presented in cooperation with the Tams Witmark Musical Library and: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. .
On March 12, 1967, the stage adaptation of the concept album premiered Off-Broadway, featuring Gary Burghoff as Charlie Brown, Reva Rose as Lucy, Bob Balaban as Linus, Skip Hinnant as Schroeder, Karen Johnson as Patty and Bill Hinnant appearing in person as Snoopy. Joseph Hardy directed and choreographer Patricia Birch was billed as Assistant to the Director. John Gordon was credited with the book of the show, but according to Gesner's foreword in the published script, John Gordon is a "collective pseudonym" that covers Gesner, the cast members and the production staff, all of whom worked together to assemble the script. The off-Broadway production was a big hit, running for 1,597 performances. In 1971, a Broadway production featuring an entirely new cast opened at the John Golden Theatre, but closed a month later after only 15 previews and 32 regular performances. In 1973, the show was adapted for television in a Hallmark Hall of Fame special on NBC. In 1982, a sequel, Snoopy!!! The Musical, opened off-Broadway and ran for 152 performances. Cast members included Lorna Luft as Peppermint Patty. In 1985, CBS aired a prime-time animated TV special based on the musical, also called You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. This version was the first animated depiction of Snoopy with comprehensible dialogue. In 1999, the musical was revived again on Broadway. It featured new dialogue by Michael Mayer and additional songs and orchestration written by Andrew Lippa. In this revival, the character of Patty (an early Peanuts character not to be confused with Peppermint Patty) was replaced with Sally Brown. The revival won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and received four Tony Award nominations, winning two (Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress for Roger Bart as Snoopy and Kristin Chenoweth as Sally, respectively). The revival featured Anthony Rapp as Charlie Brown, who was previously known for originating the role of Mark in Rent. The production closed just one week after the Tony broadcast, having played only 14 previews and 149 performances.
Charlie Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schroeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Aaron Griffin Zach Relock
Snoopy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linus Van Pelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pigpen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucy Van Pelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sally Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peppermint Patty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little Red Haired Girl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marcie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Jonny Vasquez Zechariah Kanter Abel Ornelas Olivia Wagner Linsey Urrea Rachel Kanter Gigi Copeland Veronica Ornelas
Violet Gray. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woodstock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frieda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte Braun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Holly Kanter Aimee Ordaz Heather Chapline Riley Stanton
Opening/You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown – Company Schroeder – Lucy (sung over Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata") Snoopy – Snoopy My Blanket and Me – Linus with Company The Kite – Charlie Brown The Doctor is In – Lucy and Charlie Brown Beethoven Day – Schroeder with Company The Book Report – Company
Red Baron – Snoopy My New Philosophy – Sally and Schroeder T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game) – Charlie Brown with Company Glee Club Rehearsal – Company (sung over "Home on the Range") Little Known Facts – Lucy with Linus and Charlie Brown Suppertime – Snoopy Happiness – Company Bows – Company
Heather is excited to be performing in her third show with SCYT. She is an 8th Grade student at Calvary Chapel Junior High School who enjoys drawing, reading books and the performing arts. She wants to thank her mom for all her hard work on this production, her grandma for all her love and support, and of course Jesus who's amazing love and grace makes life FANTABULAS!!
Gigi Copeland is 9 years old and a third grader at Imperial Elementary School. She loves the theater and has performed in The Wizard of Oz, Billy Goats Gruff and at over a dozen theater camps. She has also performed in several piano recitals and talent shows. Her other interests and activities include gymnastics, swimming and Girl Scouts.
Aaron is in 7th grade at RSM. This will be Aaron’s fifth production w/ SCYT. He has been blessed to play the Wizard of Oz, Tommy in Annie Get your Gun, the Pharoah in Joseph and that is to just name a few. He truly has had the best time in the last year and has made friends that will truly last a lifetime. He wants to thank Dana, Dane and Jessica for all of the opportunities he has had. Aaron also loves to play soccer, go on roller coasters along w/ kneeboarding and getting soaked by his two older brothers. A big thank you goes out to his family and friends that are able to come watch and support him. Aaron would also like to thank all the families in the show that help make these shows a true success. He also now knows ‘HE’S A GOOD MAN” (being Charlie Brown ya know).
Rachel is a homeschooled 8th grader, she is very excited to be playing Peppermint Patty in this production. This is her 6th production with Mr. Morris, Dane and Jessica. Some of Rachel's previous roles include: the Narrator in Joseph and The Tehnicolor Dreamcoat, "Dolly" in Annie Get Your Gun and "Adelaide" in Guys and Dolls. Rachel would like to thank all of her friends in the cast for helping and supporting her, her family for encouraging her, Mr. Morris, Dane and Jessica and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Holly is a homeschooled 6th grader and this is her 6th production with Mr. Morris, Dane and Jessica. Holly is very excited to be performing in "You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown". Holly was one of the eleven wives in Joseph and the Tehnicolor Dreamcoat. She has played the "Munchkin Coroner" in The Wizard of Oz and "Frau Schmidt" in The Sound of Music. Holly would like to thank her friends and family and everyone that has helped or encouraged her. She hopes you enjoy the Show!!!
Zechariah is a homeschooled 5th grader and he is very excited to be playing Linus in SCYT's production “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown". Some of his previous roles include: Potiphar and Issachar in SCYT's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard" in The Wizard of Oz, "Pawnee Bill" in Annie Get Your Gun and "Big Jule" in Guys and Dolls. Zechariah would like to thank his friends and family for helping him with his lines and songs. He hopes you enjoy the show!!!
7-year-old Aimee is enjoying her 3rd show with the VTA/SCYT family, this time as Woodstock. Aimee got the acting bug as a 5-year-old, playing “Gretl” alongside her big sister “Maria”. Since then she joined VTA as “Molly” in Annie, and “Gretl” in Sound of Music once again. Aimee also performs in church & homeschool shows, most recently as Agent E6:1. Aimee is a frequent soloist for church & orchestra, plays piano, and was a camper for an upcoming TV pilot, “Camp Whatabunchafun”. Aimee loves any physical activity, friends, snakes, bugs, jokes, Disneyland, her kitty Rocky, Jesus, and watching Star Wars with her big brother. Thanks Dana, Dane & Jessica for this fun opportunity and for your dedication & patience! Jessie: ytbsitwu! . Abel is 8 and homeschooled in the 2nd grade. He is the youngest and only boy of 5. This is his 3rd production with SCYT. His favorite roll so far is "Benjamin" in "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". He has also done Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with his charter school when he was 4 years old. He is having a blast working alongside his older sister, Veronica. Abel loves Taekwondo, basketball, football, playing video games with his dad, and dancing. He wants to play basketball for the LA Lakers when he grows up. Abel thanks his family for all they do, Dana & Dane Morris and Jessica Ordaz, and of course, God
Veronica is 15 and homeschooled in the 9th grade. She is the second oldest of 5. This is her 7th production with SCYT and has loved every moment of it. Her favorite roll to date is "Dan" in "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". She has also done two other outside productions. "V" loves singing, dancing, acting, art, Taekwondo, & cheetahs. She would love to be an actress or zoologist. Thanks to her first drama teachers Mary and Mary Elizabeth Hering for getting her started in theater, Dana (producer) & Dane (director) Morris, Jessica Ordaz (voice teacher & choreographer), her family & friends for all of their support, and most of all God for His many blessings.
Zach Relock is 14 and lives in Orange, CA. He is in the 8th grade at Calvary Christian School in Santa Ana, CA and will be attending Orange Lutheran High School in the fall. Zach has always had interest in acting. He loves to act and does plays for his school. This is his sixth SCYT/VTA show and loves each one! Some of his favorite roles have been being Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls”. In his free time he like to hang out with his friends and go to Disneyland. He loves working with SCYT and hopes to do many more shows with them in the future
Riley is a 7th grader from Trabuco Canyon. This is Riley’s 5th production with SCYT and she’s loved every one! She has performed in Annie Get Your Gun, Guys & Dolls, Sound of Music and just finished playing wife #1 in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Riley loves acting, singing, playing with her dogs and cats and hanging out with her friends! She treasures the friends she has made through SCYT and looks forward to performing in many more productions!
Linsey is 11 and attends Independence Christian School in Orange. This is Linsey's 5th production with SCYT. Her most recent role was the 7th brother and Potiphar's wife in "Joseph". She also played the Mayor of Munchkin Land in "The Wizard of Oz", Winnie Tate in "Annie Get your Gun", and was Sister Margarita in "The Sound of Music". Linsey loves performing w/ her friends & wants to thank Jessica, Dane, Dana and all the parents that have helped in making this such a great experience for her. Thank you to all my friends and family for always coming out to support me. It means alot to have people that I love out there cheering me on.
Heeeere's Jonny... I mean Heeeeere's Snoopy!! Jonny loves to sing, dance, and make people laugh! He has been on stage most of his life and loves performing with his friends at SCYT! Some of his previous shows include Wizard of OZ, Annie Get Your Gun and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also performed in Oliver, Willy Wonka, Peter Pan, OC Icon, Inland Icon and with The Young Americans. Jonny is blessed to be part of this wonderful group of talented young actors and their families at SCYT. Jonny wants to send a special thank-you to Dana, Dane, Jessica and all of the parents for their support and wants to thank you for joining him for Sup-Sup-Suppertime!!!
Olivia is a 7th grader at RSM Intermediate School. This is her fifth show with VTA. She has previously performed in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Annie get your Gun", "Guys and Dolls", and "The Sound of Music". She loves dancing. singing, and acting. When she's not performing she loves to hang out with friends and family and learn new skills...most recently, snowboarding and sewing. She feels very blessed for the opportunities to do what she loves and to have made such great friends through VTA! Thanks for all the love and support!.
A Huge thank you to Tony Viramontes with
AB sound. If you are in need of a sound system and/or microphones. Please call Tony at
562-754-2007. A big thanks to Tony for letting our kidsâ€™ beautiful voices be heardâ€Ś.
Dana grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Concordia College in Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Music with emphasis in Piano. He was the Minister of Music for 12 years at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton; Director and Founder of Biola Youth Arts and Biola Youth Theater for 4 years at Biola University; Founder and owner of the Southern California Youth Theater since 2000 and started the youth theater at The Village Theater in 2007; Dana has played piano professionally at Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and various theater companies throughout Southern California. But his greatest accomplishment in life is to be the proud father of Dane, Jordan, Parker, Harrison and Meredith. Dane is excited to be directing “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” which is his eighth show with SCYT! He is currently a double Music Major at Chapman University in Orange, in Vocal Production and Music Education. He is a graduate of Fullerton High School Academy of the Arts where he was leads in several musical theater productions including “Little Women”(Laurie), “Into the Woods”(Jack) and “Evita” (Magaldi) and won Macys Awards for his performances. He played the lead role of Alex in “Steps in Time” at the 2000 seat Hyperion Theater at Disney’s California Adventure at age 11 with Eden Espinoza and 30 backup dancers. He was also the lead in a “Nintendo” industrial show at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He was in California All State Choir and California Honors Choir all 4 years of High School, and won the Orange County Rotary Young Singer of the Year Award his freshman year of high school. His TV/Film credits include “Master of Disguise” (Young Dana Carvey), “A Vow To Cherish (Keith), “Beautiful”, “Judging Amy”, “and the featured lead actor in commercials: “Little Debbie”, “T-Mobile”, “Universal Studios” and others. Jessica is thrilled to be choreographing her 8th Southern California Youth Theatre Production, “You're a Good Man Charlie Brown”! Having a passion for performing, she has been blessed with the opportunity to be in over 50 productions. Some of her favorite roles include Belle, Peter Pan, Dorothy, Jan (Grease) The Narrator (Joseph…), Maria (Sound of Music), Lead Dancer/Dance Captain (42 nd Street & West Side Story), Little Red (Into the Woods), and Annie (Annie) for which she received the “Best Actress” award for Whittier Community Theatre’s Academy Awards. When not performing, Jessica teaches at Claylee’s Dance Academy and choreographs for special events at church, school, & summer camps, and works as a background actor in various TV shows. Her TV credits include Southland, Heroes, The Middle, Bones, NCIS, and Saving Grace. She recently completed her senior year at Cal State Fullerton and hopes to transfer to the New York Film Academy to major in film acting. Her goal is to someday make it to Broadway, film, or television, specifically Glee and Chuck =). Jessica thanks Dana for giving her this opportunity and for allowing her to use the gifts God has given her to share with others!
Dana, You ROCK, your vision rocks, And your music rocks Your Charlie Brown Cast
Jessica, We love your heart, your friendship and your moves. Your Charlie Brown Cast
“You Rock Gigi!!! We love you so much! You are the cutest "Red Haired Girl" ever! Mom and Dad
Dane, We really look up to you and Can’t wait to see you on the big stage & thanks for all your help Your Charlie Brown Cast
Riley, We cannot say it loud enough how proud we are of you and how much we love you. Mom & Dad
Zach, You never stop amazing us. We are so proud of you and Love you. XOXO Mom and Dad
Charlie, Chuck, I mean Aaron, I mean CHARLIE BROWN, You’re not a good man, you’re an amazing young man and we couldn’t be prouder. Nanny is watching down on you and her angel wings are glowing with pride. We love you so very much.
You are Rockin Sally Brown and we are so proud of your hard work and determination. Keep shining for Jesus! We love you with all our hearts. Love, Mom and Dad
Mom, Dad, GG & Tyler
“Good Grief Olivia! You are stupendous! That’ll be five cents please.” Love, Mom Heather... Happiness is watching You dance & hearing you sing to the glory of God....Happiness is morning & evening, singing together, being your mom. Happiness is anyone & anything at all that's loved by you! Honey you are a blessing ~!~ Love you, naturally! Mom
Veronica & Abel,
You two are AMAZING & TALENTED . and that's "My New Philosophy" Love you so much!!! Dad, Mom, Cristal Salena and Flora
Holly, keep shining for Jesus! We are so proud of you.
Hey ….’S Up Dog? Jonny, you bring such joy into our world! We are so thankful that you are such an awesome kid!!! Love, Mom and Dad
Zech, stand tall and strong for Jesus.
Great job to all my close and AMAZING friends! I love you all very much Love, Veronica
You’re the best Bubs. We are so proud of you. We love you very much. Love, Nanny and Poppers
Rachel, sing and give glory to God!
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We are so proud of each and every one of you characters. Just remember us when you become famous one day. Always stay true to yourself, Donâ€™t change who you are and May god bless you always. We truly love each and every one of you, youâ€™re family All our love, Todd and Judi