Fall/Winter 2017-18

Instructor: Susan Blyth-Schofield
Collaborative Pianist: Larry Tarof
Class time: 6-9 on Wednesday evenings in The Patrick Cardy Studio, ninth floor, Loeb Building

After last year’s revue of Canadian Musical Theatre, Larry and I are excited that plans are underway for a production of the Broadway show You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown to take place in March 2018.

The ensemble meets once a week on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 in the Patrick Cardy Studio on the ninth floor of the Loeb building in both the fall and the winter terms. Although each term is a self-contained unit, in order to do a show students will need to commit to participating in both terms. There is always a need for additional rehearsals, and students participating in this ensemble should expect out-of-class hours – especially close to performance dates.

As before in the Musical Theatre Ensemble, the emphasis is on learning through repertoire and performance. Be prepared to act, sing, and dance, in other words to learn how to become a triple threat performer.

The class is open to all by audition. To take part in this high energy ensemble please contact me at:  Susan_BlythSchofield@Carleton.ca

On 13 September (no class on 6 September) there will be an open meeting about the show. Bring your coffee – I’ll bring treats.

Auditions will be held two weeks later on 27 September 2017 in class time, so between 6 and 9.

For the audition you will need to bring a resume (CV) and prepare:

1) A one minute cut of something you know well and that shows your voice. An accompanist will be provided. You must provide sheet music for your selection in the key you are singing it in. If you have any questions about this please email me or we can talk at the first class.
2) A reading (character specific) from the show. Side will be available at the first class.

Although there will be choreography in the show, no dancing will be required at the audition.

Please do not sing songs from the show. You can find a character breakdown for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at the end of this note (and, of course, you can find lots of selections from the show on-line)

In the week in between – 20 September 2017 – I will be holding a masterclass on auditioning, during class time (6 – 9). It will deal with many aspects of auditioning including what a resume should look like, how to present yourself, how to make cuts in music, what auditioners look for and much, much more.

If you are interested in the technical side of things (back-stage and stage management) there are possibilities for you there as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the above address.

For those students receiving a credit for the course (satisfactory/unsatisfactory), the assessment will be based on in-class work, preparation, and participation in the final performance.

Have a great summer and see you in the fall for an exciting year – and bring your friends!!!!


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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown (age 8):
Baritone – vocal range – Bb2 – F4
The central character of the show. He is plagued by self-defeating stubbornness, but also possesses great determination and persistence against all odds. He is the loving master of Snoopy, the dog.

Lucy van Pelt (age 8):
Mezzo-soprano – vocal range of G3 to F5
One of Charlie Brown’s friends. She is madly in love with Schroeder (who barely knows that she exists). Lucy is a bossy, crabby, manipulative girl who thrives on being a know-it-all and telling everyone something.

Sally Brown (age 6):
Soprano – vocal range of B3 to Bb5
Charlie Brown’s younger sister. Despite being portrayed as innocent and adorable, she is intelligent for her age and very precocious.

Linus van Pelt (age 6):
Baritone – vocal range of B=2 to E4
One of Charlie Brown’s friends and his advisor. The younger brother of Lucy. He is extremely smart and acts as the show’s philosopher. Despite his intelligence and mature vocabulary, he is almost always seen with his security blanket and is often seen sucking his thumb.

Schroeder (age 8):
Tenor – vocal range of Bb2 to Ab4
Charlie Brown’s friend and the love interest of Lucy van Pelt. He is a musician with a precocious skill at playing the toy piano. He loves classical music, especially Beethoven.

Snoopy (the dog):
Tenor – vocal range of C3 to A4
Mezzo – Soprano or Soprano – vocal range C4 to A5
Charlie Brown’s dog. Snoopy is a human in a fur coat, although he/she does have moments of true dog-like behaviour (especially around food).

Members of the ensemble will take part in group numbers throughout the show (e.g. The Opening Number, Beethoven Day, The Baseball Game). They will be assigned names from the comic strip (e.g. Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Marcie, Shermy) and be expected to play those characters. Understudies for the principal parts will be part of the ensemble.


Musical Theatre Ensemble - 1

Musical Theatre Ensemble - 2

The pictures you see above are from 2013-14’s two highly successful revues: “The Fallies” (29 November 2013) and “Now Showing (29 March 2014).

Below are two scenes from 2014-15 performances.

Scene from Music theatre performance 2014-15

Scene from Music theatre performance 2014-15