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DAC Stage’s You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Receives Critic's Accolades

posted Apr 28, 2016, 12:27 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 12:30 PM ]
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the family-friendly musical produced by DAC Stage, received standing ovations on its opening weekend and a glowing review from OnStage. The light-hearted show directed by Peter Green is a collection of short scenes and songs based on the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, originally created by Charles M. Schulz in 1967. It runs through May 7 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

According to Chris Peterson, founder and editor-in-chief of OnStage, “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown…is receiving an absolutely charming production at the Darien Arts Center.” Additionally he commented, “The cast here is excellent. A small cast of only 6, each one perfectly embodies each of these characters.” He went on to praise the spot-on cast: “As the title character, Matthew Casey is a simply wonderful Charlie Brown,” “Another strong performance is given by Melinda Zupaniotis as Lucy,” “Giving the show a fantastic shot of energy is Billy Schubeck as Schroeder. Mr. Schubeck delivers one of the better vocal performances I've heard in this area this year,” “Additional praise for strong vocals must be given to Jenifer Condon as well. She also shares some fantastic moments with Chris Meindl's Snoopy. Mr. Meindl is a delight to watch as the famous pup, even nailing his iconic laugh at a couple of moments,”and “Finally, Noam Ben Yakir is a picture perfect Linus. Smart yet innocent. He's every bit the blanket hugging future philosopher you would hope for.”

Director Peter Green received accolades as well, “For a show about connection and love, Mr. Green abandons spectacle and concentrates on relationships and it really works well.” Green, who is a performing artist and school social worker, has been performing, directing and teaching theatre in Fairfield and Westchester counties since 1996. He performed in and directed the 2014 DAC Stage production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Along with Carin Zakes, who is producer of the Charlie Brown show, Green is founder of LawnChair Theatre, which brings outdoor productions of Shakespeare to parks in Westchester County.

Praise was also lavished on Dwayne Condon, musical director for the DAC production in the OnStage review, “Dwayne Condon's music direction is spot on. Leading a four person pit, the music sounded great with a mix of piano, various and brass instruments, drums and a stand up bass, everything sounded perfect.” Condon is currently the Director of Music and Fine Arts at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien. He has accompanied the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and has sung on more than 150 major motion picture soundtracks.

In conclusion, Peterson had this to say about the DAC production, “All in all, this is a wonderfully constructed show with a positive message. Children will absolutely love seeing these characters live, as proven by the amount of children who ran up to the cast for autographs after the show. But this show appeals to all ages and adults will find it quite moving as well. I couldn't recommend it more." To read the review in its entirety, visit onstageblog.com



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