The famous, memorable Peanut characters will make a comeback thanks to the help of Iola High School theater students. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” opens on the Bowlus Fine Arts Center stage at 7 o’clock tonight and Friday.
The musical is structured similarly to the comic strips by Charles M. Schulz. There are short, fast-paced scenes with funny punch lines. The high school actors are full of energy and have no trouble convincing you of their youth.
The characters are pulled directly from the familiar comic strip. Schroeder, played by Ankit Gandhi, plays his petite piano and ignores the affections of Lucy. Linus, played by Yohon Sinclair, can’t give up his blanket and knows a ridiculous amount of information for a small child. Sally, played by Mickey Ingle, is Charlie Brown’s little sister who just wants to have fun. Lucy, played by Emma Piazza, picks on Charlie and is bossy. Charlie Brown, played by Aaron Terhune, can’t seem to do anything right. All Charlie Brown wants is the attention from a little red headed girl. And of course there is Snoopy the dog, played by Olivia Bannister, and Woodstock the bird, played by Trilby Bannister. This duo can make the audience laugh easily with their silly antics and “deep” conversations.
Admission is free for USD 257 students. Adults are $5 at the door.
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