You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

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

Original Direction for this version of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer
Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson

Cast (in order of appearance)

CHARLIE BROWNHarrison Christilles
SALLY BROWNGrace Gilbert (Nov. 11-13)
Emily Trubey  (Nov. 18-20)
SCHROEDERJackson Ploof
SNOOPYKyle Sidders
LUCY VAN PELTJoey Goldberg (Nov. 11-13)
Emma Molloy  (Nov. 18-20)


CONDUCTORJustin McCarthy
VIOLIN/VIOLAElliott Markow
BASSMatt Pitts
FLUTESierra Sault
CLARINETJaelyn Chaffee
ALTO SAXEthan Pruett

Artistic & Production Team

DirectorFran Page
Music DirectorHannah Murray
Assistant Music DirectorGrace Murray
ConductorJustin McCarthy
ChoreographerLisa Travis
Stage ManagerBlake Ellis
Assistant Stage ManagerJay Baker
Set, Lighting, & Projections DesignMatt Kizer
Assistant Lighting DesignImanee Gordon
Costume DesignMackenzie Goodwin
Sound EngineerMerlyne Desire
Assistant to the Sound EngineerRyan Konrad
Prop MasterJesse Fredette
Hair and MakeupSierra Norko
Dance CaptainEmma Molloy
Master PainterFaith Dame
Light Board OperatorSara-Ann Bailinson
Projections OperatorEthan Thompson
Followspot OperatorsSummer Storm
Abigaile Burke
Running CrewColton Stergue
Wardrobe / Costume AssistantsLindsey Brunelle
Hanna Street
Costume Shop StaffMackenzie Goodwin, Emma Molloy, Ethan Thompson, Audrey Solinas, Jia-Lin Koh  

Silver Center Staff

DirectorStuart Crowell
Technical Operations ManagerRobert Bruemmer
Production Coordinator & House ManagerSusanne Hastings
Technical DirectorHeather Manfredi
Assistant Technical DirectorTyler McCarthy
Assistant House Managers: Tracey Dickson, Claire McIver, & Sharleigh Thomson
House Staff:Christie Allen, Cassandra Ploof, Jessica Turner, Robert John Sobosli Jr.,  Lucas Venezia, Imalay Rodriguez Martinez, Emma Russell, & Ana Pelchat
Box OfficeAidan Rich


Act I
Musical NumberPerformers
You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownCompany
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (reprise)Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally
My Blanket and MeLinus & Company
Queen LucyLucy and Linus
The KiteCharlie Brown
The Doctor is InLucy and Charlie Brown
Beethoven DaySchroeder and Company
Rabbit ChasingSally and Snoopy
The Book ReportCompany
Act II
The Red BaronSnoopy
My New PhilosophySally and Schroeder
T-E-A-MCharlie Brown & Company
Glee Club RehearsalCompany
Little Known FactsLucy, Linus, Charlie Brown
SuppertimeSnoopy with Charlie Brown

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


A Note from the Director

“And happiness is coming home again…”

Welcome home! We are thrilled to host you in the Elizabeth Cheney Studio Theatre. This production marks our first live show in our newly named space and we couldn’t be happier.

Charles M. Schulz created something incredibly special with The Peanuts Comic Strip. He welcomed us to view the world and its many complications through the eyes of these honest, witty, and curious kids. Schulz created a sense of wonder and exploration in each panel of the strip. Each character and situation embeds elements of himself and his lived experience.

We’ve spent the last two months laughing, crying, and playing hard as we set out to bring these iconic characters to life. It’s been an exciting process as we’ve navigated large-scale set pieces, props, and personalities.   We invite you to sit back and enter the incredibly funny and poignant world of Charles M. Schulz and The Peanuts.

Our production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is dedicated to Professor Emerita Elizabeth Daily and Professor Emeritus Paul Mroczka. Thank you for making Plymouth State Theatre a home to so many of us. Your commitment to your students and this program have fostered a sense of community, creativity, and wonder that live on through your legacies.

Thank you,

Fran Page

Company Biographies

Harrison Christilles (Charlie Brown) is a junior Music Theatre Performance major, making his PSU debut with this show! He’s very excited to be working with Fran Page and Hannah Murray, as well as the wonderfully talented Justin McCarthy. Harrison is thrilled to be performing again with a live audience and can’t wait to share this sweet charming story with everyone. Previous credits include Javert (Les Misérables), Al Deluca (A Chorus Line), R.F. Simpson (Singin’ in the Rain), and more. Harrison would also like to thank his friends and family for their endless support.

Thomas “Teddy” Wilkin (Linus) is a Sophomore Musical Theatre Performance major at Plymouth State University. He recently played Appa Ratchen in Silverstar Voyages, and Cameron Mitcheljohn in this past spring’s show A Killer Party. He would like to thank his friends and family for all the positivity they have given him through his journey, and he is very excited to be playing Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Emily Trubey (Sally) is a Senior Music Theatre major, and thrilled to be making her seventh appearence in a main stage production here at Plymouth State. Emily was most recently seen In PSU’s digital production of A Killer Party as Detective Justine Case. Past roles and works include The Addams Family as Grandma, Quilters as Jody, A concert version of West Side Story directed by Dr. Dan Perkins as Maria, and Carmen in Sweet Charity. Emily had the honor of making it to the National round this past spring in the NATS (National Music theatre) vocal competition, as well as recieved the first place title in the Seacoast Regional idol competition in 2018, and the First place winner of the Bedford Rotary Scholarship Idol competition in 2017. other favorite roles include Ella in Cinderella, Joanna in Sweeny Todd, Yonah in Children of Eden, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and the Elephants Child in Just so, where she won a NH theatre award for best actress in a Youth production in 2012. She would like to thank her friends and family for their enormous love and support as well as her directing team, faculty at psu and of course her wonderful cast for working so hard to create meaningful and enjoyable performance opportuities during these difficult times. She hopes that the audience enjoys the sweet and joyous messages that Charlie Brown has to offer and througoughly thanks you for being here and in person and for your support for the arts which is as important as ever now. Enjoy the show!

Grace Gilbert (Sally) is a junior Music Theatre Performance major with a minor in Standardized Patient Training. Some of her favorite past roles include Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, Portia in Something Rotten, Natalie Haller in All Shook Up and Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly. She is also a member of Mixed Emotions and Plymprov, and enjoys singing in the Chamber Singers ensemble.

Jackson Ploof (Schroeder) is a sophomore Theater Major with an emphasis on Musical Theater. He is excited to be making his PSU debut performance with this production. Prevoius shows he has performed in include Man of La Mancha (Don Quote), Footloose (Willard), Catch Me If You Can (Carl Hanrady), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and Hello Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder). He would like to give thanks to his friends and family for always supporting him and giving a helping hand in his career as an actor.

Kyle Sidders (Snoopy) is a junior Theatre Arts Major here at Plymouth, with an option in Music Theatre Performance. Some of his favorite roles include William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Baker in Into the Woods, and Riff in West Side Story. He is overjoyed to be working with both Fran Page and Hannah Murray again in a production, and thankful to the other seven members of this talented cast for their trust and kindness throughout this experience!

Emma Molloy (Lucy) is a junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance and a contract in stage management. While this is her first stage show at PSU, she enjoyed stage managing both Sister Act and Shakespeare’s The War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens last year. In addition to classes and shows, she enjoys creating chaos at the Costume Shop in the Silver Center, laughing with friends, and petting every possible dog that she can find. She is so thrilled to be returning to the stage after COVID cut short so many opportunities.

Sierra Norko (Hair and Makeup Design) is a 3rd-year student at PSU, majoring in Theatre Art with an option in Acting. Sierra considers herself to be both an actor and a technician. In fact, this semester Sierra will be taking on the role of hair and makeup designer for PSU’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Sierra is very excited to work with everyone and to see her work come to life on stage! Recently, she has served as the costuming assistant for The SilverStar Voyages and appeared in Rights and Riots as well as Shakespeare’s War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens (2021).

Merlyne E. Desire (Sound Engineer) is a senior who created her own major of Music Technology and Business, through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Growing up, she sang in school and church choirs. With music technology under her belt, she composes, produces, and is an artist of the songs she creates as well as film music. She has published songs “Lemonade”, and “Reflection” so far this year. She hopes to work in the music industry someday not just as an artist and performer, but as a producer, A&R, and musician too. She is looking forward to working as an audio engineer this school year.

Mackenzie Goodwin (Costume Designer) is a Senior Theatre Arts major with a Theatrical Design/Tech Option. Past design credits include SilverStar Voyages (Assistant Costume Design), War of the Roses (Assistant Costume Design) and Steel Magnolias (Costume, Hair and Makeup Design). When not designing, Mackenzie loves to perform as well. Favorite roles include Natalie Goodman (Next To Normal) Wendla Bergmann (Spring Awakening) and Mary Lane (Reefer Madness). During the day, Mackenzie can often be found in the costume shop, where she works as a stitcher. She would like to thank her friends, Danee included, for being a source of endless support throughout the process.

Grace Murray (Assistant Music Director) is in her senior year as a Music major with an option in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. This is her first time assistant music directing a show and she is incredibly grateful to the faculty and cast that made this experience so positive. Grace has also been performing on stage for many years. Some of her favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. Grace is also a part of the Chamber Singers ensemble and is working as this school year’s Choral Fellow.

Justin McCarthy (Conductor) has been a member of the Piano Faculty at Plymouth State University since 2009. As conductor, his recent productions at PSU have included The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy ChaperoneThe Wedding Singer, and Sister Act.
  Justin has given recitals in New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Ireland, and the Czech Republic.  Recently, Justin has appeared in recital with violinist Elliott Markow, clarinetist Stephanie Ratte Jenkins, and sopranos Hannah Murray & Emily Jaworski.  Justin received his Bachelor & Master’s degrees from Rice University, and his Doctorate from Boston University.
In addition to maintaining an active teaching studio at the Manchester Community Music School, Justin is currently the music director and organist at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, NH.  Justin also serves as pianist for the Nashua Choral Society.

Hannah Murray (Music Director) lyric coloratura, received her B.A. in vocal performance from Connecticut College, and her M.M. in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College.  Additional studies include the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and  Middlebury College’s Deutsch fur Sangerin program.  A highly sought after voice teacher,  Mrs. Murray’s students have gone on to sing at some of the nations leading Schools of Music, such as Boston Conservatory, Elon, the Tisch school at NYU and Yale, and have also sung on national musical theater tours, and off and on Broadway. 
  An accomplished singer in her own right, Mrs. Murray has performed throughout the Northeastern United States.  She has been a soloist for the Nashua Symphony, The Paul Madore Chorale, The Opera circle,The Keiser Concert Series at St. Paul’s School, and the Musicians of Wall Street series at Concord Community Music School, amongst others. 
  A resident of Concord NH, Mrs. Murray is the Coordinator of Voice Performance Studies and a Teaching Lecturer in Music, Theater and Dance at Plymouth State University where she specializes in voice for musical theater.  Formerly, she held the position of Voice and Choral Department Chair at Concord Community Music School, Adjunct Lecturer of Music at St. Anselm College, and  spent three years as Music Director at South Congregational Church. She is the mother of two, Grace and Caroline, and is on the board as Director of SNATS for the Boston Chapter of the  National Association of Teachers of Singing. 

Daneé Gosselin (Costume Coordinator) has been a member of the PSU design team since 2007.  Favorite past PSU costume designs include The Addams Family (2019), Dracula (2014), The Pleasure Men (2013), Orpheus in the Underworld (2013), and Marat/Sade (2010).  Occasionally she spends her off-time designing costumes for The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, where she has done Jesus Christ Superstar, Table Manners, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Summer 2015), and Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Living Together, and Cabaret (Summer 2016).  Daneé also teaches classes relating to costume design, costume construction, and stage makeup.

Matt Kizer (Scenic, Lighting, and Projections Designer) has been the resident designer for Plymouth State since 1996. He has presented workshops on projections for performance nationally and internationally, including the National Opera Association in New York, and The Cyprus Theatre Organization in Nicosia. His work has been presented at the Kennedy Center in D.C., and with A-Fortiorni dance company in Germany. He designed for two years with Operafestival Di Roma in Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ International Chamber Ensemble at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in central Rome. In 2019, his work was included on behalf of the United States at the The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space both in exhibition and performance. He has a B.A. from Purdue University, and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University.

Fran Page (Director) holds a BA in Theatre Arts (Acting) from Plymouth State University and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (Applied Theatre) from Goddard College. He has performed, taught, and directed throughout New England, South Africa, Canada, and Eastern Europe. Fran is a Teaching Lecturer in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance and also coordinates the Standardized Patient Program at PSU. PSU Theatre directing credits include: A Killer Party, Little Romance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Deathtrap, Sweet Charity, A Man of No Importance, and Avenue Q. He spends his winters with The Educational Theatre Collaborative creating community through the arts while putting on large-scale Broadway-style musicals. Fran’s solo show BareFruit premiered at PortFringe with subsequent productions at The West End Studio Theatre (Portsmouth, NH) and Plymouth State University. Special thanks to LBP – “For happiness is anyone and anything at all, that’s loved by you.”

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Welcome to the Elizabeth W. Cheney Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre in 1992

The Silver Center for the Arts opened its doors in 1992 as the Silver Cultural Arts Center.  It was built on the site of the original Silver Hall at Plymouth State College.  It has provided rich, rewarding cultural experiences for students, faculty, staff, and the public at large.

The original Silver Hall was completed in 1956 and was named for Dr. Ernest L. Silver (1878-1949).  Portions of old Silver Hall are still part of the remodeled arts center.   Most of the space formerly named Studio Theatre originated in 1956.

The Silver Center has three theaters.  Many hallways, classrooms, studios, and offices are tucked in all around them throughout the building. There are various shops, prop storage, acting & dance studios, and secret hallways that few know of.  In every hallway, there is a wall in plain sight that is a part of the Cheney Studio Theatre.   The Cheney Studio has nine doors on two floors.  It connects to every part of of the building, often in surprising places.  It is the heart of the Silver Center.

Betsy Cheney

Over the decades, the Cheney has received a few upgrades, such as new risers and a rigging system.  Somehow this space has held on to the past more firmly than the other two theaters.  It is much loved but is in urgent need of improvements.

This year, Studio Theatre was renamed the Elizabeth W. Cheney Theatre. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cheney was a lifelong supporter of the arts at PSU.  She left a generous gift for the improvement of this space.  In her name, an endowed fund has been established to allow this theater to evolve in support of community and campus culture.  If you would like assist with this work, please donate to the Elizabeth W. Cheney Studio Theatre Endowed Fund at

Thank you for your continued support for the arts at Plymouth State University.


Matt Kizer,
Director of Theatre