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Douglas High drama to present ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

by Leslie Pearson

The classic comic strip, “Peanuts,” is being transformed from ink to flesh in the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

The musical was originally written in 1967 by the creator of the comic strip, Charles M. Schulz. In November, a cast of 10 high school students will once again bring Charlie Brown and the gang to the stage. This will be the first time in several years Douglas High will perform the musical.

“We decided to do this musical because the number of characters is nicely acquainted with the number of students interested. Also, there are characters for each gender. It’s a cute show,”says the director, Mrs. Franklin of the drama department.

Auditions for the play were on Sept. 9 and all interested students were asked to learn one of the songs and then sing it solo. The number was a song about the infamous little league team and their dedication to the sport. Surely, everyone familiar with the comic knows that despite Charlie Brown’s love of the game, the baseball team never wins and comes out looking like the “Bad News Bears.” To hear this song, though. you would never guess the bad luck this team has. The song is full of confidence. Those who sang at auditions and made the cut were called back on Thursday to read a scene from the musical.

Jennifer Allen, a junior, was one student who was asked to attend on Thursday. Allen says that, as a child, her favorite character was Snoppy’s sidekick, Woodstock. She was drawn to the musical “because I grew up on it and a lot of people know about it. I thought it would be fun.”

Mary Zimmerman and Andy Patrick attended Thursday’s callbacks, also. Zimmerman and Patrick, both juniors, read a dialogue between Linus and Lucy. Lucy, who is adamant about always having things done her way, tells Linus about her plans of future “Queendom.” Both students jumped right into character. Franklin explained the importance of character to the cast on Friday.

“These characters are classics. You’re not reinventing them. You’re taking them and putting your stamp on them, but the audience will want to see the attitudes and expressions of the original characters.”

The cast understood the reasoning for this and was willing to research their characters through “Peanuts” movies such as “The Great Pumpkin” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Some even volunteered to go further in “becoming” their character.

“Do I have to shave my head? I”m willing to go that far,” joked Kevin Molina, who will be playing Charlie Brown.

The other members of the cast include Danny Thomas as Linus, Natalie Gardner as Lucy, Ryan Ghan as Schroeder, Kelly McIntosh as Peppermint Patty, Kit Cressaty as Snoopy, Andy Patrick as Pig Pen, Lauren Davis as Sally, Monique Baumann as Marcie and Molli Sullivan as the Little Red-Headed Girl.

On Friday, the whole cast introduced themselves and their character to open up their first rehearsal.

The play will be presented Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. For ticket prices, contact Douglas High School at 782-5136.

n Leslie Pearson, a sohpmore, is a Douglas High School correspondent for The Record-Courier.

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