Thank you for coming to see tonight’s performance of You’re a Good Man,
I have been asked why I wanted to direct this particular show. Was It
because It was one of my all-time favorite musicals? No. In fact, I actually
had never seen the show before commencing work on this production.
Was it, therefore, because I felt the show dealt with major overarching
themes that were pertinent to the current state of the world? Not really.
The reason I decided to do this show was because –like most of you, I
Imagine–grew up with the Peanuts cartoons and comics, and hold a
special affection for these characters. And as the rather uncertain future
that is life after Penn State looms ever closer, I relished the opportunity to
reacquaint myself with one of my favorite aspects of childhood.
This production marks the completion of a personal Journey, one which
began eight years ago when I first caught the “theatre bug” In high
school. Being able to say that I have grown since then to the point where I
was able to direct a full mainstage musical fills me with a sense of
accomplishment that I don’t believe I have ever felt before, and makes me
feel confident that I really can go out and succeed In the “real world.” For
this, I would like to thank the directors who have Inspired me: Tom
Schaller, Sharon Schaller, and Tina Lepidi-Stewart.
You may not be aware, but we had only three weeks to put this show
together. I could not be more proud of all the talent, dedication, and hard
work displayed by everyone Involved In making this product/on possible.
So, once again, thank you all for coming. I sincerely hope you enjoy the
Director, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown