Audiences can watch Charles Schultz’s iconic “Peanuts” comic strip characters come to life when the Westerville North High School Theatre Department presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Show dates and times are 7 p.m. Oct. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Warrior Performing Arts Center, 950 County Line Road.
Director Kimberly Mollohan said the show is about the meaning of love, including love between siblings, love between a boy and his dog and love between friends.
“The musical also shows each of us that around every corner, you can find happiness,” she said.
As a child, Mollohan said, she loved the Peanuts gang, comic strip, books and cartoon specials on television.
“I even had a Snoopy bedspread,” she said. “I fell in love with the original version of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ having been cast as Lucy in my college production.”
Mollohan said she fell in love with the revised production when her daughter was cast as Lucy at Westerville North in 2004.
“I even have a granddaughter named Lucy,” she said.
Senior Zach Ryan, who takes on the role of Charlie Brown, said he grew up with Peanuts and always watched Peanuts specials on TV.
“It’s a lot to take on but extremely rewarding,” he said. “It’s amazing for us to take on these iconic characters. There’s a kite scene I like, where I try to get a kite to fly. It’s a metaphor for life. I can’t do it.”
Senior Nick Martz, who plays Snoopy, said he has never played the role of a dog.
“It’s a whole lot of energy,” he said. “It’s fun. I get to be the Flying Ace, Joe Cool. It’s fun to do.”
Emily Stowers, who plays Sally, Charlie Brown’s sister, said her character is the youngest of the gang and the most naïve.
“Sally is unlike any character I’ve played,” she said.
Senior Talia Crumrine, who plays Lucy, said she’s enjoying the opportunity.
“She’s a little crabby,” she said. “I’m more easy going, but I’m enjoying the challenge. I loved the musical when I was a kid.”
Sophomore Sawyer Swick, who plays Linus, said the show has been a lot of fun.
“This is my second musical,” he said. “I like (Linus’) character that’s similar to my personality. The singing is fun, too.”
Junior Harry Passerrello, who plays Schroeder, said he’s a musician like his character.
“I play the cello,” he said. “I’m familiar with classical music.”
Passerrello said the small cast has provided a good environment.
Senior Ryan Hensley is the show’s stage manager and orchestra tracks operator.
“It has been a lot of work, but very fulfilling,” he said.
Hensley said audiences will want to sing along.
Senior Casey Campbell, assistant to the director, agreed audiences will enjoy the music.
“This has been a lot of fun, because I’ve always been on the stage acting (in the past),” he said.
Campbell said he plans to go into the film industry as a career.
Mollohan said audiences will have a chance to meet all the characters after the show.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at North during the school day, before the show and online at https://tinyurl.com/y7tnvq4j.