University College

News Releases



Providence staging major production in February
After a one-year hiatus Providence is once again set to stage its annual major production. The musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be performed February 16-18 in the R.W. Affleck Chapel on the Otterburne campus, and high school students will have an additional opportunity to take in the show February 15 at 1:00 p.m., free of charge.
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, Clark Gesner’s musical comedy premiered in Manhattan’s East Village in 1967 and debuted on Broadway in 1971. It depicts, as Gesner has written, “a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown,” and it will connect, says director David Klassen, with audiences young and old.
“It’s accessible for kids, families and adults who have enjoyed “Peanuts” their entire lives,” explains Klassen, a noted soloist and director who has previously overseen productions of Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan), Die Fledermaus (Johan Strauss), Anne of Green Gables (Campbell/Harron) and The Telephone (G.C. Menotti). “Creating a university-level show with Providence students was a great way to reintroduce the world of theatre and musical theatre to the Providence community.”
Klassen, Instructor of Music and Theatre at Providence and a member of the music faculty at both Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Manitoba, says Providence students have been a “pleasure” to work with.
“They are open to learning; they are enthusiastic about performing for a receptive audience, and they are genuinely appreciative of the process,” he says. “They learn so much more than just the lines and the music. They work hard and understand the dedication required to put something like this together.”
And, he adds, performing arts prepares participants for much more than just the stage.
“Part of my philosophy is that if you understand how to behave and communicate on stage, whether in straight drama or within the musical discipline, you can become a powerful communicator in all areas of life,” says Klassen. “Understanding emotion and empathy allows us to have a greater sense for those around us, so when the show is over we can better connect with people and we have a greater ability to express ourselves, our thoughts and our faith.”
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will begin at 7:30 p.m. on each of February 16, 17 and 18, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 ($8 for students) and can be purchased online. Door prices are $12 ($10 for students).
Inquiries or questions regarding this production can be sent to
(Photo: David Klassen.)



10 College Crescent
Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, R0A 1G0
Phone: (204) 433-7488 or (800) 668-7768
Fax: (204) 433-7158
Copyright @ 2015 Providence
Privacy Policy