You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

July 9 - August 8, 2021 • All Ages

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IN THE HOPKINS DOWNTOWN PARK - 40 9th Avenue S Hopkins, MN 55343

This production is being produced outdoors. Please plan accordingly and dress for the weather. Bring Your Own Seating - You will be directed to socially distance spaces for your blankets and lawn chairs. Following current guidelines, MASKS are REQUIRED for ALL attendees. Please bring & wear your own mask. Thank you!


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

"Happiness is…" LIVE THEATRE IN THE PARK! 

Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett


Stages Theatre Company and the whole Peanuts gang is in Hopkins’ Downtown Park this summer for a live musical production filled with the heartfelt charm only Charlie Brown can deliver.

Meet us in the park as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang celebrate life’s ups and downs through song, dance, and clever vignettes. Based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, this delightfully witty musical is guaranteed to engage audiences of all ages. After all, no one contemplates Life’s biggest questions while playing baseball, grappling with homework, and falling for first crushes quite like Charlie Brown. 

In the end, the biggest celebration is found in the joy of friendship and knowing that Happiness is…what we make of it!

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown CAST


  • DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
  • STAGE MANAGER - Emily Sullivan
  • MUSIC DIRECTOR - Sarah Hohenstein Burk
  • CHOREOGRAPHER - Laura Mahler
  • SOUND DESIGNER - Gretchen Katt
  • COSTUME DESIGNER - Christa Ludwig
  • MUSIC MIXER - Justin Nellis
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
  • PROPS DESIGNER - Kenji Shoemaker



SANDY BOREN-BARRETT (Director and Artistic Director)
Sandy Boren-Barrett has been with Stages Theatre Company (STC) since 1990, allowing her to pursue her passion for theatre production and education, along with community building theatre serving young audiences. During her time in leadership STC has been awarded National recognition, with the 2017 Harold Oaks Award for Innovative Contributions to the Field of Theatre for Young Audiences , as well as the 2018 - 50/50 Applause Award for promoting gender equity with playwrights. STC’s 2019-2020 season selection was highlighted in TYA Today Magazine as an example of “a promising increase in representation, specifically in works that feature the stories of contemporary young people of color”. Sandy led an International performance tour and artistic exchange with the “Young Peoples Theatre of Theatre Royal” in Bath England, and continues to provide collaborative experiences with other production companies. Sandy has served as board chair for the Minnesota Theatre Alliance, and is currently chair of Mn. Citizens for the Arts. An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed over 75 productions at STC, which include many new works and dance-inspired productions including Owl Moon, The Nightingale, The Mitten and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. She directed the local premiere, mainstage production of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the musical, which remains the highest attended production at Stages Theatre Company.
A performer and recording artist on keyboard, violin, vocals and percussion, Sarah Hohenstein Burk has toured the U.S., Europe and the Middle East with a variety of ensembles and theatre troupes. Ongoing endeavors include directing and performing with her jazz trio, as well as dates with various jazz, big band, R&B, gospel, classical chamber, international dance and variety ensembles. She has played the roles of music director, conductor, composer, instrumentalist and arranger in over 100 theatre productions and is actively involved in the development and production of new works at Stages Theatre Company, the History Theatre, Theater Latté Da and Green T Productions.
Laura started with Stages Theatre Company long ago as an 8 year old actor and eventually used her training to graduate from The Goodman School of Drama- Depaul's Theatre Conservatory program in Chicago. For the past 10 years, she has been back in MN working for Stages as an Education Associate, teaching Middle School Drama at The FAIR School, Crystal. She also loves to Roller Skate and plays Roller Derby with MINNESOTA ROLLER DERBY! Don't Hate - Roller Skate.
CHARLES M. SCHULZ (Creator – The “Peanuts” Comic Strip)
Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922. His Peanuts comic strip debuted in 1950 in just seven newspapers and launched a cultural legacy. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, Peanuts was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated in over 25 languages. The recipient of two Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society and inductee into the Cartoonist Hall of Fame, Schulz also scripted and storyboarded numerous television specials, earning five Emmy and two Peabody Awards. He was awarded many different honors, including the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture; the Lester Patrick Award (the only recipient who was not a professional hockey player); a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Carnegie Hall-commissioned concerto by Ellen Zwilich entitled "Peanuts Gallery." Charles M. Schulz died on February 13, 2000, but his Peanuts gang continues to entertain and inspire the young and the young at heart. (Taken in part from

CLARK GESNER (Book, Music and Lyrics)
Clark Gesner (1938-2002) was an American composer, songwriter, author, and actor. In addition to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Mr. Gesner wrote the book, music and lyrics for Animal Fair, which premiered at the Denver Center Theatre, and with Nagle Jackson, Broadway's The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall. For television, he wrote for Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, and That Was The Week That Was, and on stage for the revues of Leonard Sillman and Julius Monk. He appeared regularly in B. T. McNicholl's Musicals in Concert series and performed regionally in 1776, Lend Me a Tenor, Carnival! and other musicals, as well as eight years of productions at the Weston (Vermont) Playhouse. The Jello Is Always Red, a revue of Mr. Gesner's cabaret and theatre songs, was produced by the York Theatre Company. (Taken in part from
MICHAEL MAYER (Additional Dialogue)
Mr. Mayer is an American director and playwright. He recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut with a celebrated new production of Rigoletto. His Broadway credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; American Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director); Everyday Rapture; Spring Awakening, (Tony Award for Best Director & Best Musical) Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award for Best Musical); Side Man (Tony Award for Best Play); A View From a Bridge (Tony Award for Best Revival); Uncle Vanya; ‘Night, Mother; After the Fall; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Rapture and Triumph of Love. His film and TV credits include A Home at the End of the World, Flicka, Do No Harm and the first season of Smash. (Taken in part from
ANDREW LIPPA (Additional Music and Lyrics)
Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for Big Fish, book by John August, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, which recently played at the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway. His concept opera I Am Harvey Milk (words and music), was premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. That recording, released in October 2013, reached number 2 on the iTunes Classical Chart, and the piece has had over 20 productions worldwide. He wrote the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family, which starred Nathan Lane. His musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics) won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Best Music. His new songs for the 1999 revival of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, along with his production of the cast recording, earned him a 2000 Grammy nomination. He serves as president of the Dramatists Guild Fund and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. (Taken in part from
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