Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre just closed its third production of the season, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” over the Thanksgiving break. As the College of Fine Arts and Production community begins to prepare for the first show of the spring semester, “Major Barbara,” take a look at the behind-the-scenes thoughts from the cast of this Peanuts musical.
Beloved Peanuts Characters
The titular character of the show, Charlie Brown, was portrayed by sophomore Micah Larsen. Growing up with the Peanuts comics, it was a delight for Larsen to play the iconic and nostalgic character. Alongside Charlie Brown, the musical features the beloved characters of Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Sally and Woodstock.
The show follows Charlie Brown and the thoughts and happenings of whatever he and his friends are getting into, whether it be a school book report, a baseball game or celebrating Beethoven’s birthday. Throughout the musical, the audience enjoyed fun, catchy songs and scenes that brought smiles to each face in the house.
A Show with Heart
Freshman McKenna Kollman and sophomore Bowen Moreno commented on their experiences and roles in the show, expressing the unique quality of the production and what it brings to the audience. The heart of the show lies within the community that was brought together to create it. To the cast, that is happiness.
To get tickets for upcoming performances such as “Major Barbara,” visit the Ethington Theatre Box Office or buy tickets online.
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