A Charlie Brown Christmas


The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful 30-minute 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
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • 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.

    NOTE: Running time is approximately 30 minutes.

    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)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    10     Libretto/Vocal Books
    1       Production Notes

    Additional Materials

    Digital download of Performance Tracks available for purchase

  • 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.

  • 1. “Christmas Time Is Here” – Company
    1a. Transition to Snowballs – Orchestra
    2. Snowballs – Orchestra
    2a. Transition to Booth – Orchestra
    3. My Own Dog, Gone Commercial – Orchestra
    4. Christmas Is Coming / Linus & Lucy – Orchestra
    5. Finding A Tree – Orchestra
    5a. After Finding A Tree – Orchestra
    6. Schroeder’s Christmas Concert – Orchestra
    7. After Linus’ Message – Orchestra
    8. “Finding Christmas” – Company
    9. Curtain Call / Optional Carol Sing-Along – Company & Audience

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Coterie Theatre Kansas City, MO 11/05/2019 12/29/2019
    Valley Christian School San Jose, CA 11/14/2019 11/23/2019
    Solvay High School Syracuse, NY 11/15/2019 11/16/2019
    Dockside Theatre Company Manteo, NC 11/16/2019 11/18/2019
    Portland Christian Schools Portland, OR 11/16/2019 11/24/2019
    94 North Productions Wisconsin Dells, WI 11/19/2019 12/20/2019
    Curtain and Lights Theatre Company Decatur, AL 11/21/2019 11/23/2019
    Riverside Theatre, Inc. Vero Beach, FL 11/22/2019 11/24/2019
    Mantorville Theatre Company Mantorville, MN 11/22/2019 12/08/2019
    Grandstreet Theatre Helena, MT 11/22/2019 12/22/2019
    Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg, IL 11/22/2019 11/24/2019
    St. Mary Catholic School Mobile, AL 11/25/2019 11/26/2019
    Dulaney High School Linthicum Heights, MD 11/28/2019 11/30/2019
    South Carolina Children's Theatre Greenville, SC 11/29/2019 12/08/2019
    State Street Theater Co New Ulm, MN 11/29/2019 12/01/2019
    ARIEL Theatrical, Inc. Salinas, CA 11/29/2019 12/14/2019
    Trevor Barker Productions Fort Frances, ON 11/29/2019 11/29/2019
    The Spartanburg Little Theatre Spartanburg, SC 12/04/2019 12/07/2019
    Colonial Actors Theater Society South Hill, VA 12/05/2019 12/15/2019
    Hayswood Theatre Corydon, IN 12/05/2019 12/15/2019
    Roseville Theatre Arts Academy Roseville, CA 12/05/2019 12/18/2019
    Dartmouth High School South Dartmouth, MA 12/06/2019 12/07/2019
    Bethlehem Catholic High School Bethlehem, PA 12/06/2019 12/08/2019
    Brentsville District High School Nokesville, VA 12/06/2019 12/07/2019
    Lafayette High School Williamsburg, VA 12/06/2019 12/08/2019
    Fremont Community Theatre Fremont, OH 12/06/2019 12/15/2019
    Footlight Players of Coshocton Coshocton, OH 12/06/2019 12/15/2019
    Van Buren High School Van Buren, AR 12/06/2019 12/07/2019
    Henderson Civic Theatre Henderson, TX 12/06/2019 12/15/2019
    Broken Vessel with Heartstrings Theatre Company Rio Rancho, NM 12/06/2019 12/07/2019
    Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, City of Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 12/06/2019 12/15/2019
    Cabrillo Playhouse San Clemente, CA 12/06/2019 12/22/2019
    The Chance Theater Anaheim, CA 12/06/2019 12/29/2019
    Napa Valley College Napa, CA 12/06/2019 12/15/2019
    Savannah Children's Theatre Savannah, GA 12/07/2019 12/16/2019
    The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 12/07/2019 12/17/2019
    Project Challenge Playhouse Anderson, SC 12/12/2019 12/15/2019
    Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH 12/12/2019 12/15/2019
    Ascension Community Theatre Gonzales, LA 12/12/2019 12/22/2019
    Magik Theatre San Antonio, TX 12/12/2019 12/24/2019
    Lakeland Players Ltd. Elkhorn, WI 12/13/2019 12/22/2019
    The Fredericksburg Studio of the Arts Fredericksburg, VA 12/14/2019 12/15/2019
    Prairie Heights High School MT PISGAH, IN 12/14/2019 12/22/2019
    Black Hawk Children's Theatre Waterloo, IA 12/14/2019 12/22/2019
    West Virginia Public Theatre Morgantown, WV 12/17/2019 12/21/2019
    North Coast Repertory Theatre Solana Beach, CA 12/19/2019 12/22/2019
    Not Just Dance Chantilly, VA 12/20/2019 12/22/2019
    Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre Fargo, ND 12/20/2019 12/22/2019
    Theatre in the Park Raleigh, NC 12/05/2020 12/14/2020