JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD (Schroeder) is beyond excited to be making his Drury Lane debut. Other Chicago credits include: The Emcee in Cabaret at Paramount, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera, Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles at Marriott, and Emmett Till in The Ballad Of Emmett Till at Goodman Theatre. He has also been seen as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway and has toured with The Lion King and MAMMA MIA! Thank you Scott for letting this high-school-musical-theatre-nerd-all-grown-up live out his DREAM!!!!!!
JACQUELYNE JONES (Lucy) is so excited to be making her Drury Lane debut with such a tremendous group of artists! Chicago credits include: Shrek (Marriott Theatre), Legally Blonde (Paramount Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Jeff Award Winner Best Performer in a Musical, Theo Ubique), Lizzie (Firebrand Theatre), Heathers the Musical (Kokandy Productions), Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique), and Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Thanks and love to the very special peanuts in her life! "Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time."
WILL LIDKE (Snoopy) returns to Drury Lane where he most recently appeared as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Some other Chicago credits include: Saturday Night Fever (Drury Lane); Violet, Bat Boy (Griffin Theater); Ride the Cyclone, Tug of War: Foreign Fire (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). TV Credits: Chicago Justice (NBC). Will holds a BFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and is represented by Shirley Hamilton Inc.
JEFF PIERPOINT (Linus) is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane debut in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. He was most recently seen in Porchlight Music Theatre’s Gypsy, and can be seen as Billy Cane in BoHo Theatre’s upcoming production of Bright Star. Other recent credits include Newsies, She Loves Me, and How to Succeed In Business... with Marriott Theatre; Grand Hotel and Bonnie and Clyde with Kokandy Productions; and Greg Madison in It Shoulda Been You at Actor’s Theatre of Indiana. Jeff is a proud graduate of Ball State University and is represented by Gray Talent Group. Many thanks to Scott and the entire team at Drury Lane as well as Lincoln and his endlessly supportive friends and family.
JAKE NICHOLSON (u/s Charlie Brown, Linus) Jake is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane debut! Other Chicago credits include The Bardy Bunch (Mercury Theater) and Parade (Writers Theatre). He has also had the pleasure of developing new works at Strawdog Theatre Co. and Village Theatre. Jake received his BFA in Musical Theatre from CCPA at Roosevelt University. He is a vocal student of Rebecca Schorsch. Jake-nicholson.com
MAYA ROWE (u/s Lucy, Sally) is thrilled to be joining Drury Lane for the first time after recently graduating from CCPA at Roosevelt University. Some of her most recent credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Sibella), Annie (Grace), and Pumpboys and Dinettes (Rhetta Cupp) at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. She is proudly represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent Inc. She wants to thank the cast and crew for embodying love and positivity every day... ‘happiness’ is sharing the room with all of you!
SAM SHANKMAN (Charlie Brown) is overjoyed to perform alongside this wonderful cast and return to Drury Lane, where he previously played Professor in South Pacific. Recent Chicago credits: Miracle on 34th St. (Theatre at the Center); Spring Awakening (Blank Theatre); Curious George (Northbrook Theatre); Madagascar (Chicago Shakespeare); Shrew’d! (First Folio); ’Twas the Night Before Christmas (Emerald City); A Year With Frog and Toad, The Hundred Dresses, and Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play (Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts). Sam hails from Memphis, TN, where some of his regional work includes Speech and Debate and Spring Awakening at Playhouse on the Square. Graduate of Northwestern University. Proudly represented by Stewart Talent. Thankful to Scott for this opportunity. Love to the family, Adam, and Phoebe. IG: @smshankman
LERYN TURLINGTON (Sally) is squeaky with excitement! Drury Lane credits include: Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, and A Christmas Carol. Other Chicago credits include: Legally Blonde (Paramount Theatre), HAIR (Mercury Theatre), Parade (Writers Theatre), Grand Hotel (Kokandy Productions), Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique). Leryn has also performed at the Marriott Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and with the Chicago Artists’ Chorale. Love and thanks to Paonessa Talent, Scott, and her mom and sister. For Tiffany Weagly, “I wonder what teachers make.” “A difference, Peppermint Patty, they make a difference!” www.lerynturlington.com