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

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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
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • 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
    Coterie, Inc. KANSAS CITY, MO 11/07/2017 12/31/2017
    Dallas Children's Theatre DALLAS, TX 11/16/2017 12/23/2017
    Academy of Performing Arts Inc. ORLEANS, MA 11/17/2017 12/30/2017
    Main Street Theatre HOUSTON, TX 11/20/2017 12/22/2017
    First Stage MILWAUKEE, WI 11/24/2017 12/31/2017
    Fontanel Attractions WHITES CREEK, TN 11/24/2017 12/23/2017
    Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. LYNBROOK, NY 11/25/2017 12/22/2017
    Boston Children's Theatre BOSTON, MA 11/25/2017 12/20/2017
    Prescott Center for the Arts PRESCOTT, AZ 11/30/2017 12/17/2017
    Taproot Theatre Company SEATTLE, WA 11/30/2017 12/27/2017
    City Theater Associates BIDDEFORD, ME 12/01/2017 12/17/2017
    Savannah Children's Theatre SAVANNAH, GA 12/01/2017 12/17/2017
    Main Stage Productions, Inc. SPRING, TX 12/01/2017 12/17/2017
    Open Hand Theater SYRACUSE, NY 12/02/2017 12/30/2017
    The Rialto Theatre AKRON, OH 12/02/2017 12/23/2017
    Steel City Theatre Company PUEBLO, CO 12/07/2017 12/17/2017
    Manitoba Theatre for Young People WINNIPEG, MB 12/07/2017 12/31/2017
    Alpena Civic Theatre ALPENA, MI 12/07/2017 12/17/2017
    Circle Theatre of Barnwell BARNWELL, SC 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Phipps Center for the Arts HUDSON, WI 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Arizona Broadway Theatre PEORIA, AZ 12/08/2017 12/27/2017
    Hoogland Center for the Arts SPRINGFIELD, IL 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Fort Wayne Youtheatre FORT WAYNE, IN 12/08/2017 12/17/2017
    Prattville's Way off Broadway PRATTVILLE, AL 12/09/2017 12/17/2017
    Diamond Head Theatre HONOLULU, HI 12/13/2017 12/23/2017
    Theatre of Youth BUFFALO, NY 12/13/2017 12/17/2017
    Newnan Community Theatre Company NEWNAN, GA 12/14/2017 12/23/2017
    Sinclair Community College DAYTON, OH 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Paris Community Theatre PARIS, TX 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Seacoast Repertory Theatre PORTSMOUTH, NH 12/14/2017 12/23/2017
    Hershey Area Playhouse HERSHEY, PA 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
    Southgate Community Players SOUTHGATE, MI 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Foundation of Arts JONESBORO, AR 12/15/2017 12/19/2017
    Surrey Little Theatre SURREY, BC 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Voyager Academy Middle School DURHAM, NC 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    First Baptist Church of Elba ELBA, NY 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Thorn Hill Learning Center FRANKFORT, KY 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
    Marquee Youth Stage SAINT CHARLES, IL 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Grace Church DURANGO, CO 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Everybody's Theater Company MAPLE GLEN, PA 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Mountain Bible Church PAYSON, AZ 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    First Baptist Church HARTWICK, NY 12/16/2017 12/17/2017
    Faith Landmarks Ministries RICHMOND, VA 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Church of the Holy Spirit LAKE FOREST, IL 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Action Church CLOVIS, CA 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Alliance High School ALLIANCE, OH 12/17/2017 12/17/2017
    Charles Pinckney Elementary School MT. PLEASANT, SC 12/19/2017 12/20/2017
    First Baptist Church HART, MI 12/19/2017 12/19/2017
    Damascus High School DAMASCUS, MD 12/20/2017 12/20/2017
    Magik Theatre SAN ANTONIO, TX 12/20/2017 12/30/2017
    Owen Sound Little Theatre OWEN SOUND, ON 12/21/2017 12/21/2017
    Secret Theatre Musicals LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 12/21/2017 01/06/2018
    StoryBook Theatre CALGARY, AB 12/21/2017 12/23/2017
    Hamburg Presbyterian Church HAMBURG, NY 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    Advent Lutheran Church ARLINGTON, TX 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    Eastminster United Church TORONTO, ON 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    Grace United Methodist Church INDIANA, PA 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    The Union Church of Hinsdale HINSDALE, IL 12/24/2017 12/24/2017
    City of District Heights Theatre DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD 12/28/2017 12/28/2017
    Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater ORANGEVILLE, IL 11/24/2018 12/02/2018
    Chapin Community Theatre CHAPIN, SC 11/29/2018 12/09/2018
    Port Gamble Theater PORT GAMBLE, WA 11/30/2018 12/16/2018