Tim Howe plays Snoopy in You're a Good Man

Classic Charlie Brown in Chilliwack

A local musical theatre company is offering some classic Charlie Brown with a Chilliwack twist. Secondary Characters is rehearsing for a July 28-Aug. 7 production of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown' based on the well-loved Charles Schultz comic strip.

A local musical theatre company is offering some classic Charlie Brown with a Chilliwack twist.

Secondary Characters is rehearsing for a production of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ based on the well-loved Charles Schultz comic strip.

This play gives audiences a glimpse into a day-in-the-life of some well-etched characters, said director Andrew Smith.

The everyday issues explored in Charlie Brown comics are still relevant today.

“They’re basic questions like ‘Where’s my dinner? Why don’t I get valentines? Why can’t we win a baseball game?'”

With upbeat music, a cartoon-inspired set, and a witty script, it’s an entertaining show that will appeal to kids and adults alike.

“It was fun researching the original comics from the ’50 and ’60s,” said Smith. “It’s also been a treat to watch actors play and develop the show. It’s a chance to reexamine some classic characters that everyone loves.”

Do they hold up to the test of time?

“Absolutely,” he enthuses.

The production presents a strong ensemble cast with all six cast members from UFV Theatre Department, and five who sing with vocal octet Pieces of Eight.

In the title role of Charlie Brown is Stephen Wilhite, with his trusty sidekick Snoopy, played by Tim Howe. Rounding out the cast is Katherine Beswick as bossy Lucy, Caroline Davies as Charlie’s younger sister Sally, Aaron Froc as Lucy’s little brother Linus, and Jeff Dressler as music-loving Schroeder.

Secondary Characters presented ‘Little Women the Musical,’ last summer, the inaugural production of what is set to become a summer tradition. Bringing together musical theatre artists of all ages and backgrounds, Secondary Characters’ mission is to provide a platform and a stage for both

adults and youth alike. While Chilliwack has several musical theatre programs for youth, the community was missing a summer musical program for all ages, and Secondary Characters was founded to fill that need.

Directing the musical is Smith, who is also director of the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts. Shelley Wojcik is choreographer, and leading a five-piece live orchestra is music director Nicola Davies. Set design is by Kate Whyte, props design by Alyson Seale, costume design by

Caroline Davies, and lighting design by Jamea Lister.

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ July 28 to August 7 at UFV Theatre in Chilliwack, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $17.50/$14.50 or $10 for the July 28 Preview, and $18.50/15.50 for opening night with reception. Tickets for the show at UFV Theatre available at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 604-391-SHOW, or online www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From the Chilliwack Progress Archives: Fearing an Aryan invasion

In 1995, Chilliwack Mayor John Les was concerned about the idea of an ‘Aryan Fest’ coming to town.

Big Bar Landslide saw long awaited blasting this week

Pressure has been on senior governments working with First Nations to remove blockage for months

COLUMN: Trying to look forward while looking back

Reader suggests re-running a 2015 Times column after recent racism towards Indigenous people

Two prolific offenders from Alberta lead RCMP on chase across Fraser Valley

Men first reported in Chilliwack ending with allegedly stolen vehicle in an Abbotsford pond

Chilliwack physiotherapist charged with sexual assault

Mounties urging other potential victims to make contact

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Most Read