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Charlie Brown’s life may be “a study in disappointment,” as characterized by his creator, Charles Schulz, but the story has leaped from the funny pages to the live stage at Portland’5 Brunish Theatre, and the result is a “perfect holiday show,” said director/choreographer Kirk Mouser.


Photo Credit: PHOTO BY PAUL FARDIG - Lucy (Donna Sellman-Pilorget) favors Schroeder (Max Demers) with a dreamy look in 'You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.'“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” running now through Dec. 7, “was chosen for its universal themes,” said Mouser, a Clackamas County resident who is Stumptown Stages’ executive artistic director and founder.

When he was a young boy, Mouser said, “Charlie Brown was a mainstay in our household. The social commentary was simple, yet complex. We would laugh at others’ disappointments, while examining our own folly.”

When he read “Peanuts,” he was always partial to Snoopy, Mouser said, so it’s no wonder that his favorite number in the show is when Snoopy “sings the ‘Hound Dog’ blues and revels in the sounds of gospel, while exuberantly singing for his supper in ‘Suppertime.’”

The show is appropriate for ages 3 and older, he noted, adding, “We’re never too old to embrace the philosophy of happiness. In Charles Schulz’s words, ‘Happiness is anyone and anything that’s loved by you.’”

Donna Sellman-Pilorget

Photo Credit: PHOTOS BY PAUL FARDIG - Lucy (Donna Sellman-Pilorget) counsels Charlie Brown (Roger Welch), in 'You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.'Oregon City resident Donna Sellman-Pilorget is playing her “dream role” as Lucy in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which she described as “the cartoon strip everyone is so familiar with, brought to life and livened up with music.”

The first time she read the script, she realized that she was cast as Lucy because so much of what she says as the character sounds like what she says in her everyday life.

“I am crabby and think I am a queen every day of my life. I always thought I was Snow White, but after playing this role I realize I am really Lucy. I cut and dyed my hair for the role, and now there is no hiding it. I am so lucky to get to play it,” Sellman-Pilorget said.

What will audiences like best?

“This show is for absolutely everyone, just like the comic. We have grown up with this set of ‘kids,’ and it is so much fun to see them in action, in living color, in 3D. I cannot think of one person who would not enjoy the delightful patter, the funny way they act like ‘little grownups.’ It will be like you’re watching people you already know, part of your family, really,” she said.

Sellman-Pilorget specifically recommends that grandparents should consider taking their grandchildren to see the show.

“We had a young boy in the audience on preview night, and he was captivated. I think a grandparent would really enjoy gifting their grandkids with the magic of live theater, especially with a show so touching and fun.”

Sellman-Pilorget is well known to local audiences since she has been in many New Century Players productions and last summer was in Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s musical “Carousel.”

She said she is loving every minute of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and added, “I want everyone to enjoy this really lovely and uplifting show for the holidays. Plus it would be fun for me if people in Clackamas see me at the grocery store and recognize me as Lucy. I just love her.”

Join the gang

What: Stumptown Stages presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Where: Portland’5 Brunish Theatre at Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-Dec. 7

Tickets: Call the box office, 800-273-1530, or purchase online at stumptownstages.org. Tickets range from $30.75 to $50.

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