The Peanuts Gang comes to Pleasant Valley
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The lead characters in Pleasant Valley High School's musical production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" are left to right, Josh Weidenbaum (Schroeder), Katina Foley (Sally), T'mera Burger (Lucy), Anthony Zarczyki (Linus), Devin Cetnar (Charlie Brown) and Doug Stangl (Snoopy.)
Pleasant Valley High School will present the musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," March 15-17, in the PVHS auditorium. Show times for Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Comic strip, Peanuts, by Charles Schulz, first appeared Oct. 2, 1950. In the nearly fifty years he drew these comics, Charles Schulz created more than 18,000 strips. Some of the ongoing themes in his strips, such as Charlie Brown's inability to kick the football when Lucy held it, or Snoopy's ongoing battle with the menacing Red Baron, have become a significant part of the fabric of our lives.
So it is not surprising that these and other stories created by Schulz should become the theme of a hit Broadway musical, written by Clark Gesner and John Gordon. "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," opened on Broadway in 1971, and later saw a revival with updated songs in 1999. Focusing on five main characters, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Sally and Schroeder, this musical captures vignettes from the comic strips through heartwarming songs such as "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Happiness," "Suppertime" and "Beethoven Day."
Under the direction of Dan and Marcie Mulligan, with production assistance from Carol Ring, Pleasant Valley's family-friendly production boasts a cast of nearly fifty students, including Devin Cetnar (Charlie Brown), T'mera Burger (Lucy), Anthony Zarczyki (Linus), Katina Foley (Sally), Doug Stangl (Snoopy), and Josh Weidenbaum (Schroeder), with featured performances by Evelyn Sucro, Kiki Adams, Lydia Shank, Caitlyn Doyle, Rachel Wenrich, Samantha Vence, Christina Everett, Michayla Kelsch, Nathaniel Rhoads, Zach Counterman and Rebecca Anglemyer. Student stage manager is Emily Foster.
Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by emailing Carol Ring at Ring. Carol@pvbears.org.