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

  • 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

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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

  • 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
    Carousel Theatre for Young People VANCOUVER, BC 11/21/2018 12/30/2018
    Community Theatre Guild, Inc. VALPARAISO, IN 11/23/2018 12/16/2018
    Camino Real Playhouse SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA 11/23/2018 12/22/2018
    Plaza Theatre Company CLEBURNE, TX 11/24/2018 12/22/2018
    Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. LYNBROOK, NY 11/25/2018 12/21/2018
    Theatre of Youth BUFFALO, NY 11/29/2018 12/16/2018
    Port Gamble Theater PORT GAMBLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
    SteppingStone Theatre SAINT PAUL, MN 11/30/2018 12/22/2018
    Seattle Musical Theatre SEATTLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
    Red House Arts Center SYRACUSE, NY 12/06/2018 12/16/2018
    New Vintage Theatre KELOWNA, BC 12/06/2018 12/16/2018
    South Baldwin Community Theatre GULF SHORES, AL 12/06/2018 12/16/2018
    Rhode Center for the Arts KENOSHA, WI 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    Gloriana Music Theatre FORT BRAGG, CA 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    The Chance Theater ANAHEIM, CA 12/07/2018 12/23/2018
    Arizona Broadway Theatre PEORIA, AZ 12/07/2018 12/22/2018
    Richmond Civic Theatre Inc. RICHMOND, IN 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    Studio Players, Inc. UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ 12/07/2018 12/16/2018
    Chattanooga Theatre Centre CHATTANOOGA, TN 12/08/2018 12/16/2018
    Warner Theatre TORRINGTON, CT 12/08/2018 12/16/2018
    University of Northwestern - St. Paul ST. PAUL, MN 12/11/2018 12/15/2018
    Old Colony Players, Inc. VALDEASE, NC 12/13/2018 12/16/2018
    Firm Foundation Ministries CENTREVILLE, MI 12/13/2018 12/15/2018
    Sinclair Community College DAYTON, OH 12/13/2018 12/16/2018
    Algonquin Arts Theatre MANASQUAN, NJ 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
    NewArt School NEWTON, NC 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
    Roswell Youth Theatre ROSWELL, GA 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
    Royal Players BENTON, AR 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
    Magik Theatre SAN ANTONIO, TX 12/20/2018 12/24/2018