A Charlie Brown Christmas


The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Music samples provided courtesy of Fantasy Records
and Lee Mendelson Film Productions

Photos by Deborah Karson, courtesy of SOOP Theatre Company in Pelham, NY

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  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.

    by Charles M. Schulz
    Based on the television special by Bill Melendez
    and Lee Mendelson
    Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
    By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    is presented by arrangement with
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  • Combo Instrumentation

    1 Piano
    1 Bass
    1 Percussion

    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom Toms
    Floor Tom
    Cymals: Crash, Sizzle, Ride
    Handbells (or Glockenspiel)

  • 1     Prompt Book with Vocal Parts for Director
    11   Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast
    1     Piano-Vocal Score
    1     Production Notes

    Optional Additional Materials

    1     Tams Rehearsal & Performance Aid

  • Charlie Brown
    Pig Pen

  • A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS was first shown as an animated television special in 1965 and has been part of the holiday tradition ever since. The stage adaptation was completed in 2013.

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Louisville High School LOUISVILLE, NE 11/03/2018 11/25/2018
    John Marshall High School GLEN DALE, WV 11/03/2018 12/02/2018
    Nite Lite Theatre of Gibson County TRENTON, TN 11/08/2018 11/11/2018
    Camino Real Playhouse SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA 11/23/2018 12/22/2018
    Community Theatre Guild, Inc. VALPARAISO, IN 11/23/2018 12/16/2018
    Rockwall Community Playhouse ROCKWALL, TX 11/23/2018 12/09/2018
    Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater ORANGEVILLE, IL 11/24/2018 12/02/2018
    Barn Theatre WILLMAR, MN 11/29/2018 12/09/2018
    Chapin Community Theatre CHAPIN, SC 11/29/2018 12/09/2018
    Academy Players of Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, RI 11/30/2018 12/09/2018
    Seattle Musical Theatre SEATTLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
    Port Gamble Theater PORT GAMBLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
    Tamaqua Area Community Theater TAMAQUA, PA 11/30/2018 12/02/2018
    Red House Arts Center SYRACUSE, NY 12/06/2018 12/16/2018
    Richmond Civic Theatre Inc. RICHMOND, IN 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    Studio Players, Inc. UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    Rhode Center for the Arts KENOSHA, WI 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    Cobblestone Players FARMINGTON, NY 12/07/2018 12/09/2018
    Triboro Youth Theatre ATTLEBORO, MA 12/07/2018 12/07/2018
    Firm Foundation Ministries CENTREVILLE, MI 12/13/2018 12/15/2018
    Algonquin Arts Theatre MANASQUAN, NJ 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
    Roswell Youth Theatre ROSWELL, GA 12/14/2018 12/16/2018