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Charlie Brown and the gang are coming to town

By Deneb R. Batucan

WANT to make your post-Valentine days meaningful? The adorable characters from the Peanuts comics are coming to life in a musical play that brings viewers back to their simple and exciting childhood days. And you can watch the entire gang here in Cebu City.

The blockhead himself, Charlie Brown (Gabriel Gomez) and his dog Snoopy (Les Paul Pineda).

Bossy Lucy, piano prodigy Schroeder, perfectionist Sally, blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy on top of his dog house and “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown, bring you to the world of Peanuts in the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” presented by the Vaudeville Theatre Company.

Penelop Ong, the director and a Cebuana theater teacher for 15 years, decided to bring the 1967 Broadway musical comedy to Cebu because it is something that she grew up with and wanted to share with her fellow Cebuanos.

“It’s very nostalgic to me,” Penny said. “But the children nowadays, they don’t know about Snoopy or the Peanuts family. Not until about two years ago wherein they showed a Peanuts movie. That’s when I said, okay, this is the right time then.”

THE CAST. (First row from left) Gabriel Gomez, Pamela Estalilla, Michael Joel Ardona, Jomar Gomez, Jed Nicole Alerta, (second row from right) Jake Keanu Batiancela, Jef-Jef Saagundo, Rey Jee Albino, Les Paul Pineda, Anna Carla Marie Sanders, (third row from left) Kristel Anne Tuastumban, Peter Clark Guisadio, Gayle Marie Sinadjan, Clouie Monsanto, Sara Ann Phobe Valiente, and Brazilia Francesca Valdez.

After five months of preparation, the musical play is finally ready for the public to see, with characters played by talented Cebuano theater artists. Penny hopes to impart to the spectators one piece of advice that the Peanuts gang has upheld in the many decades that it has brought joy to the young and old.

“Wherever you are, and whoever you are, you should never lose track of humanity. This is what we learn from children. Be like children — simple and very profound in their own ways,” she said.

Blanket-toting Linus (Michael Joel Ardona) gets a punch from his sister, the opinionated and bossy Lucy (Tiffany Louise Neri).
Snoopy (Rey Jee Albino) on top of his iconic red dog house.

“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” is choreographed by Vincent Paul Diez Gaton with musical direction by two-time Awit Award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and will show at the SM City Cebu Cinema 1. Gala shows are on Feb. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. while matinee shows are on Feb. 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the following Shakey’s branches: SM, Ayala, IT Park and Robinson’s Cybergate.

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