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A Charlie Brown Christmas

and other holiday classics

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

December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2014

Inspiration Studios

 

The Storyteller will regal the audience with the Dr Seuss classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

 

 

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

 

Produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC

560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

 

 

Three baritones present the song of Good King Wenceslas and his faithful page as they travel through the bitter weather to bring alms to a poor peasant.

 

 

Closing the evening will be a live radio play of A Christmas Carol. Using the 1938 Campbell's Playhouse script, our actors will bring you back to the days when Orson Wells was the narrator and Lionel Barrymore read Scrooge.

 

Did You Know?

 

Kathy Steinberg, who did the voice of Sally Brown, had not yet learned to read at the time of production, so she had to be fed her lines, often a word or syllable at a time, which explains the rather choppy delivery of the line "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share".

During his famed speech, Linus, who is well known to be dependent on his security blanket, actually lets go of it when he recites these words: "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy," which is from Luke 2:10.

The original broadcast included some brief animated sections which included the logo of Coca-Cola, the show's original sponsor. These have been edited out of subsequent broadcasts and the video release. Right after the opening title, Linus crashed into a sign advertising Coca-Cola after being tossed by Snoopy. The closing carol originally included the complete verse with a final on-screen "Merry Christmas from your local bottler of Coca-Cola" right after the United Feature Syndicate credit at the end.

Producer Lee Mendelson wrote the lyrics for Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" music, and his son Glenn, along with his then sixth-grade class, sang the vocals.

When viewing the rough cut of the show, both Director Bill Melendez and Producer Lee Mendelson were convinced that they had a flop on their hands. After it premiered, they were happily surprised and shocked at the high ratings and excellent reviews that the show received.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first animated Peanuts special.

When they first saw the show, CBS executives were horrified at the idea of an animated Christmas special with such a blatant message. They also strongly objected to the fact that the show had no canned laughter.

Patty in this special is not Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt. The latter first appeared several years later in the strip. The former was phased out gradually, disappearing completely by the end of the 1970s, despite being one of the four original Peanuts characters.

Just before her remarks about Christmas being a big commercial racket, Lucy refers to Charlie Brown simply as Charlie. This is the only time she does this in any of the TV specials: every other time it's Charlie Brown.

The version of the show broadcast on CBS-TV until 1997 and older video releases are edited: they leave out a scene where the gang throws snowballs at a can on a fence. The Paramount and Warner video releases are complete and unedited!

Linus's speech about the true meaning of Christmas is actually Luke 2:8-14 from the King James translation of the Bible.

 

 

Production Staff

Producer

Elizabeth Havican

Directors

Terry Grazer

Elizabeth Havican

Stage Manager

Casey Paszkiewicz

Assistant Producer

Sam Lamoureaux

Lighting Designers

Erico Ortiz

Casey Paszkiewicz

Costumes

Judy Lee Tarbox

 

Graphic Design

Derek Jacoba

Stage Crew

Aaron Kreel

Cole Kreel

Zach Michell

Flyer Design

Derek Jacobs

Program

Bob Kafka

Publicity

Judy Lee Tarbox

 

Carolers

 

Tristian Demos

 

 

Michelle Miller

 

 

Erico Ortiz

 
  Norma Ortiz  
 

 

Rosie Peterson

 

 

Judy Lee Tarbox

 

  Matthias Wong  
  Paul Fischer-Zaragoza  

 

Cast

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Storyteller

Donna McMaster

   

 

 

Cast

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown

Shawn C Helton

Linus van Pelt

Harrison Tiggard

Violet Gray

Lily Baldwin

Lucy van Pelt Madalyn Rapp
Patty Jesi Schwartz
Pig Pen Rachel Milmann
Schroeder  
 

Sally Brown

Tessa Goll

Frieda

Bella Krahenbuhl

Shermy

Zac Milimann

Snoopy

A.J. Koenig

Musicians

Lindsay Yang (Piano)

Jason Schultz (Percussion)

Patrick Marc Havican (Base)

 

 

 

Cast

Good King Wenceslas

Narrator

Terry Grazer

King Wenceslas

Erico Ortiz

 

Paige

Tristian Demos

Matthias Wong

(alternating)

 

 

Cast

A Christmas Carol (A radio play)

Narrator

Bob Phelps

Bob Cratchit

Terry Grazer

Ebenezer Scrooge

Richard Champion

Caroler

Judy Lee Tarbox

Fred

Paul Fischer-Zaragoza

Charity Collector

Dawn Baldwin

Ghost of Jacob Marley

Terry Grazer

Ghost of Christmas Past

Lloyd Dreger

Belle

A.J. Koenig

Young Ebenezer Scrooge

Paul Fischer-Zargoza

Belle's husband

Paul Fischer-Zargoza

 

Ghost of Christmas Present

Dawn Baldwin

Mrs. Cratchit

Judy Lee Tarbox

Martha Cratchit

A.J. Koenig

Tin Tim Cratchit

Zak Milmann

Cratchit Children

Tessa Goll

Casey Paszkiewicz

First man

Lloyd Dreger

Second man

Casey Paszkiewicz

Boy

Tessa Goll

Sound Effects

Patrick Marc Havican

Jason Schultz

 

 

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