It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas as Public Museum hosts musical

charlie-brown-logo-01By Kate Moore

Grand Rapids Public Museum


Just in time for the holidays the Grand Rapids Public Museum, in partnership with Stage GR, will present Clark Gesner’s classic musical, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” which ties into the Public Museum’s current exhibit “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.”



Visitors will enjoy six of the Peanuts characters; piano prodigy Schroeder, Bossy Lucy, Sally the perfectionist, Blanket toting Linus, beloved Snoopy and of course the old “blockhead,” Charlie Brown. Brief vignettes through the show span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair.


The show will run on various dates and times starting on Saturday, Dec. 10, and continuing through Dec. 31. All shows will take place in the Meijer Theater at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Show-only tickets are $10 for non-members, and $5 for museum members. Show tickets with general admission to the GRPM included are $18 for adults and $13 for children. Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 616-929-1700 or at the Museum’s Front Desk.


The cast includes Kevin O’Neil as Charlie Brown; Sarah Dickens as Snoopy; Carter Strobel as Schroeder; Pheobe Dawson as Lucy; Hayden Strobel as Linus; and Alyssa Rose Mason as Sally. The stage director is Ella Morgan and music director is Bethany Schutter.


“Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” Exhibit

In addition to “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” visitors can also plan to see the special holiday exhibit “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” now open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Admission to the exhibit is included with general admission to the Museum.


Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown,” which is at the Public Museum through Jan. 29, is made up of high-quality digital reproductions of Charles M. Schulz’s original Peanuts strips with thematic graphics and features 3D Peanuts novelties. Kids can write to Santa at the interactive letter writing station, and the whole family can take a photo with the iconic Snoopy’s Doghouse outside the exhibit! Visitors see a behind the scenes look at the making of the animated classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”