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 (plays from Piano/Vocal score)
    1 Bass
    1 Percussion

    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom Toms
    Floor Tom
    Cymals: Crash, Sizzle, Ride
    Handbells (or Glockenspiel)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    1       Piano/Vocal Score
    13     Libretto/Vocal Books
    1       Bass Book
    1       Drum Book
    1       Digital Download of 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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    94 North Productions Wisconsin Dells, WI 11/19/2019 12/20/2019
    Grandstreet Theatre Helena, MT 11/22/2019 12/22/2019
    ARIEL Theatrical, Inc. Salinas, CA 11/29/2019 12/14/2019
    Colonial Actors Theater Society South Hill, VA 12/05/2019 12/15/2019
    Roseville Theatre Arts Academy Roseville, CA 12/05/2019 12/18/2019
    Hayswood Theatre Corydon, IN 12/05/2019 12/15/2019
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    Croton Academy of Arts Croton On Hudson, NY 12/14/2019 12/16/2019
    Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts Durham, NC 12/14/2019 12/14/2019
    General Assembly Academy Hohenwald, TN 12/14/2019 12/15/2019
    First Baptist Church Carrizo Springs Carrizo Springs, TX 12/15/2019 12/15/2019
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