PHS theatre puts on Charlie Brown musical
Jasmine L., Staff Reporter
April 9, 2012
Filed under Student Life
The theatre department and the choir are collaborating to put on the spring musical, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” It tells the story of the everyday life of the famous comic strip hero, Charlie Brown and his friends. The musical is planning to open around April 20th.
The show has two casts –the green and gold – due to a lot of talent during auditions. The cast includes: Myles G. as Charlie Brown. Callie R. and Lydia C. as Lucy, Jessica S. and Jennifer B. as Sally, , Andy V. as Schroader, Marlin M. as Linus, and Maddie H. and Jessica R. as Snoopy. Mrs. Stephenson is the play director and Ms. Jebeles is the music director. Junior Kailtyn M. is the musical’s dance choreographer.
The musical faced adversity during the beginning process to gain rights to the script from the Manhattan based company, Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc, due to the Alabama’s new immigration law. However, the company recently signed the paperwork.
Andy said, “Mrs. Stephenson has wanted to do this play for a long time, and we finally have the opportunity do it.”
The musical highlights the children’s innocence. Charlie Brown is often misunderstood, awkward, nervous and has good intentions. The musical will be in 2 acts. Presently, the cast is concentrating on memorizing lines and learning the dances and music. Viewers can expect to see many familiar symbols of the comic strip will be seen on the stage, such as the dog house, Schroader’s piano, and a school bus.
Callie R. said, “ I think this is one of the funniest and most entertaining shows we’ve done so far.” She also said that this musical will be a fun time for students to see their peers go ‘full out’. “The other shows we’ve done, we haven’t been as dramatically out of ‘character’ than we are in Charlie Brown. I really get to personalize Lucy. She is really fun to play.”
Callie also said that the cast has to do plenty of research and explore the very dynamic characters. However, Callie must cover up her bright blonde hair when playing Lucy, a very dark brown.
“Mrs. Stephenson suggested that we could hairspray my hair brown, but it probably wouldn’t last!” said Callie.