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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: A Review

Last Friday I went to a university production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, expecting a great performance. I had never seen the musical before, but my dad played Snoopy in his hay day which is super embarrassing but I figured that I would be in for a good show. I guess I forgot that I’m in Canada and people are bad at everything here.youre_a_good_man_charlie_brown-show

I don’t know a lot about the performing arts, but I know when a show is bad and when a show is good. I know what over acting looks like and I know how to spot lazy props and backdrops. College students should be at the point where they don’t come off as annoying or pretentious thespians on stage. They need to be able to morph into a character. If you cannot do this simple task by the time you’re graduating college, there’s really no hope for you. Sorry, but it’s true. I’m not saying that I know everything about acting, but yes that’s exactly what I’m saying.

From the minute that I heard the actors fake voices, I knew it was going to be a long show. It just seemed so forced. The girl who played Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally, put on a voice that made me cringe. It wasn’t charming or funny at all. If I were her, I would’ve studied the old TV specials and mimicked the voices that they used. If that’s what this actress was trying to do, she failed miserably. She put on this high pitched, pinched nose voice which didn’t resemble that Sally that I know whatsoever. So congrats on being a terrible actress. She did have a good singing voice though. That was her redeeming factor.charliebrownschristmastales-02

Note to the costume designer: Sally does not have a full head of curly hair. She has poofy bangs and wears light blue, not bright pink. Good job on messing that up and distracting me. You’re fired.

The girl who played Lucy was a much better actress than anyone else there. That being said, her part didn’t require much. She also put on a weird voice, but not as awful as Sally’s. I don’t know if they had a meeting where they tried to teach the girls how to enunciate and taught them to get the audience’s attention by putting on crazy voices, but that’s what it seemed like. I could imagine them having a voice coach saying, “Very good, but try to be more annoying if possible.”

I’m going to include one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies because that’s what I’d like to think their voice coaching would be like. Bursting into choreographed dancing and everything.

The guy who played Schroeder was really good. He had good comedic timing. However, he wasn’t a big character and he didn’t have a lot to do. At least his outfit was identical to his character’s and his voice was normal. Snaps for Schroeder.

Peppermint Patty was fine. She was barely in the show at all. Why include her and not Marcie? It would’ve been cute to see Marcie and Patty’s young lesbo relationship. I do like the fact that Patty calls Charlie Brown “Chuck”. I just wanted Marcie to be around to address Patty as “Sir”.itebcb-04

Linus and Charlie Brown were below par. First of all, the guy playing Linus was chunky. Like, chunky in a way that you couldn’t look past it or focus on his character. Linus shouldn’t be chunky. He’s like 7 years old. In the show they said that they were 5 years old but I don’t believe that because they were writing book reports and no 5 year old can write their own name, let alone a book report.TV Peanuts Online

Charlie Brown was okay but his vocals weren’t that good. He could’ve been stronger on that department. Other than that, he played Charlie Brown pretty well. He seemed terminally depressed, so he was either really into his character, or actually severely depressed.

Snoopy was probably the best part of the show. I guess they have to save their best actor for Snoopy because he has the best songs and has to balance on top of a dog house most of the time. Snoopy was definitely entertaining so I would give him two thumbs up…or two paws up! I don’t know…I hate myself.snoopy-cizgifilm

The set design was actually pretty good. All the props looked exactly how they appeared on the show so I was happy that they got at least one thing right.

I guess I’m just used to living in the states where we spend lots of money on theater departments. Like, no joke my high school performances were better than this university production. Talent wise, costume wise, production quality and value wise. Whenever I say anything like this, my husband likes to point out that maybe that’s why the US has no money–because we spend it on dumb things. And maybe he’s right. But at least we have high quality entertainment.

 

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Accepting Awards

Sometimes it’s hard to be me. I get overwhelmed with all the blog love very easily and I end up having minor panic attacks. When I receive awards, I always wonder if people expect me to blog about them in my next blog. Do they think I’m ignoring their kind gesture? Will they lose respect for my blog if I don’t nominate people in my acceptance blog?  Does everyone secretly hate me? These are the kind of thoughts that I have. Anxiety is really a great thing, guys.

I was nominated for some blog awards by three lovely people. I don’t know what they see in my blog, but I love them for loving me. They could be doing so many other things with their time, but they choose to come to my blog and read my words. They will most likely regret their actions years down the line, realizing that they could’ve learned a foreign language or traveled the world with all the time they spent here. Well maybe not travel the world. They could’ve probably gone to the zoo though. Zoos are pretty worldly.

A while ago My Pretzel Logic nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. And ya know what? I think my blog is pretty lovely as well. Lovely and offensive. The perfect combination. I don’t know how Pretzel found me, but I’m glad he did. He gets me. And his blog name involves a tasty treat. It doesn’t get much better. Pretz (can I call you Pretz?) will introduce you to new music, share his poetry, and talk about relatable topics. His blog is defs worth a visit.

I was in shock to get an award from this next blogger. Emily from The Waiting Blog, nominated me for the Addictive Blog Award. Her blog is way better and cooler than mine. Like, all 8 of you that are reading this should go and read hers. She’s super creative and her kid is adorbs. And she gave me the nicest compliments which means I will love her forever and always. Compliments go a long way with me. Like, a really long way.

Lastly and most recently, Stephen from Life Revelation, nominated me for the REALITY Blog Award. I had to look at it for a long time to figure out what it spelled. For that reason, I will never be nominated for The Smartest Tool in the Shed Award. But in all seriousness, Stephen is one of the kindest and most optimistic bloggers I have come across. All of his happiness is reflected on his blog which will leave you feeling uplifted and encouraged. In fact, he will end every response with a simple but important reminder to “be encouraged”. Thank you Stephen. I am!

Now these three awards have different rules, but I’m just going to combine the second part into one. Here are seven random facts about myself that you probably don’t want to know, but oh well!

1.) I used to scrapbook and journal a lot throughout high school.  Like, obsessively. If I went over to someone’s house I would bring my camera just so I could print the pictures and scrapbook the moment forever. I’ve had to throw out some of my journals because they were just too embarrassing and awful to re-read. Maybe I’ll feel that way about my blog someday…

2.) If I could go anywhere in the world right now I would book a flight to Greece. I’ve heard great things about the country and Greek food is growing on me. Also, Ancient Greece is one of my favorite periods of history. Is Ancient Greece a period? I don’t know. Clearly, I’m a great historian.

3.) Two of my favorite movies are Harold and Maude and Singin’ in the Rain. Both of which I’ve seen on the big screen!

4.) Cinnamon Toast Crunch has been and always will be my favorite cereal of all time.

5.) In 6th grade I was pumping iron in the weight room (not my choice, they made us) when I lost my footing on the leg press and the metal petal crashed into my leg. I started laughing and then I looked down and screamed when I saw the gash that was left. I walked to the nurse and she put a band aid on my wound. She was literally Satan. Turns out I needed 5 stitches.

6.) I worked at an ice creamery for a total of 2 hours my junior year of high school. Technically I was training, but I still got paid so I consider it work. I earned a total of $14 before I quit. That’s all I really needed to earn, right?

7.) I can’t think of a seventh fun fact. I didn’t leave the house until 5:30pm today. That counts as a fact, right?

This post is already way longer than I’d like, so I nominate everyone! Weeee! Mostly because I’m too lazy. And I don’t want to leave anyone out. (That’s my anxiety speaking….)

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