Photos: Brian Kim, Grace Yoo, Ricky Abilez, Matthew Henerson, Derek Manson and Kelley Dorney in South Coast Rep’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Mission San Juan Capistrano through Aug.1

South Coast Rep return to live, in person performances includes a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz at Mission San Juan Capistrano, July 15-Aug. 1.  Kari Hayter, who helmed SCR’s 2018 Theatre for Young Audiences and Families production of Nate the Great, directs. 

Kelley Dorney, Grace Yoo, Derek Manson, Matthew Henerson, Brian Kim and Ricky Abilez. Photo by Jenny Graham

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown features book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, additional dialogue by Michael Mayer and additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. 

Matthew Henerson, Grace Yoo, Brian Kim, Kelley Dorney, Ricky Abilez and Derek Manson. Photo by Jenny Graham

Good grief! The whole “Peanuts” gang is here—Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He’s never pitched a winning baseball game and he can’t muster the courage to talk to the Little-Red Haired Girl. But all his best qualities—and those of his clever friends—get celebrated in this delightful musical filled with such gleeful tunes as “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime” and “Happiness.” Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Kelley Dorney and Brian Kim. Photo by Jenny Graham

The cast for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, has new and familiar faces for SCR audiences, too. Ricky Abilez (Linus) was last seen at SCR in She Loves Me in 2020, Matthew Henerson (Charlie Brown) was last seen in Shakespeare in Love (2018) and Derek Manson (Snoopy) appeared in the 2014 production of James and the Giant Peach. Making their SCR debuts are Kelley Dorney (Lucy), Brian Kim (Schroeder) and Grace Yoo (Sally).

Grace Yoo. Photo by Jenny Graham

The creative team includes music director Deborah Wicks La Puma, scenic design by Efren Delgadillo Jr., costume design by Kish Finnegan, lighting design by Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz, sound design by Paul James Prendergast, costume design assistant Deanna Reis, lighting design assistant Diana Herrera, assistant scenic design Melissa Tobar, music assistant Eve La Puma, stage manager Kathryn Davies, assistant stage manager Julie Ann Renfro and production assistant Lauren Buangan. The casting director is Joanne DeNaut, CSA.

Remaining Performances: July 22, 24, 30 and Aug. 1 (all at 7:30 p.m.)

Brian Kim, Kelley Dorney, Ricky Abilez, Grace Yoo, Derek Manson and Matthew Henerson. Photo by Jenny Graham
Matthew Henerson, Grace Yoo, Ricky Abilez, Derek Manson, Brian Kim and Kelley Dorney. Photo by Jenny Graham
Matthew Henerson, Grace Yoo, Ricky Abilez, Derek Manson, Brian Kim and Kelley Dorney. Photo by Lia Chang

Ticket prices range from $20-$35 per ticket, with special pricing for those age 25 and under. Purchase tickets online at or by phone at (714) 708-5555. More information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964, is led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern plays and musicals, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program—The Lab@SCR—which includes one of the nation’s largest commissioning programs for emerging, mid-career and established writers. Of SCR’s 534 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. 

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