Charlie Brown Takes Center Stage In Boyertown Musical
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” cast members, from left, Quinn Hair (Charlie Brown), Trent Soto (Linus), Ally Bennett (Lucy), and Kiersten Tadley (Sally).
BOYERTOWN PA – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a musical based on artist Charles Schultz’s popular cartoon characters, will be staged Feb. 28 through March 1 (2013; Thursday to Saturday) at the Donald J. Kuszyk Auditorium in Boyertown Junior High School West, 380 S. Madison St.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” follows the daily life of Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts’ gang members. Quinn Hair plays the role of Charlie Brown, one of the most beloved comic strip characters. Charlie Brown’s highly imaginative sidekick, Snoopy, is played by Adam Helmer.
Featured Peanuts characters include David Helmer as piano prodigy Schroeder; Trent Soto as blanket-carrying Linus van Pelt; Allyson Bennett as “know-it-all” Lucy van Pelt; Kiersten Tadley as Chuck’s little sister, Sally; Ty Botts as the forever messy “Pig Pen;” Jayden Todd as Franklin; Lauren Malik as The Little Red-Haired Girl; and Mary Fetterman as Woodstock.
Some of the musical numbers include “Happiness,” “Beethoven Day,” and “My New Philosophy”.
In other scenes and musical scores such as “Suppertime,” “The Kite,” and “The Baseball Game,” cast members consist of Calista Bender as Marcie; Makya Davis as “Peppermint Patty”; Lauren Bergen as Patty; and Molly Kulp as Violet Gray. These toe-tappers are also featured as the talented Woodstock dancers.
Snoopy dancers include Cassidy Mullin, Jillian Meitzler, Madelyn Hair, and Erica Blue. Comprising the rest of the Peanuts gang are Allysa Minich as Frieda, Ryan Jacobs as Shermy, and Seth Dawicki as Rerun van Pelt.
Other cast members include Cecelia Howald, Kiara Collins, Juliana Glasner, Bella Nye, KayleeChristman, Megan Droege, Jessica Neumaier, Rachel Hulswit, Rachel Moyer, Ashley Sinclair, Caroline Lewisk, Alyson O’Donnell, Ashlie Gorman, Julia Windbliel, Asea Swenk, Helena Berner, Grace Evan, Luke Cirullo, Andrew Bennett, Tim Barone, Johnny Mash, Kalton McWherter, Julian Stetka, Justing Rhoads, Robert Markosfski, Oren Fano, Connor Deskie, Daniel Trout, Michael Moser, Robert Cuthill, and Kollin Miller.
This year’s musical is directed by Andrea Hartman Cronin. Musical direction and choreography is by vocal director Jeffrey Brunner. Pit director is Boyertown Lead Teacher for the Arts Michael Jordan. Technical direction is headed by West Tech Ed teacher Ed Stallman with assistance from the West stage crew.
Set pieces are created by some members of New Hanover Methodist Church,led by Pastor Gil Vining. Additional props and sets are made by Kevin Reigner, along with art teacher Erica Harner and the West Select Crafts Club. Renee Allmendinger is assisting with costume design.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented Feb. 28 and March 1 at 7 PM, with a matinée performance March 2 at 3 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door; cost is $5. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
For further information, call Erica Creed at 610-473-3752.