Students put on the classic 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Caroline Haroldson fine-tunes her role as Lucy, who longs for Schroeder, an indifferent musician played by Andrew Tesoriero.Charles Schulz’s indelible comic tale of a boy, his dog and his unforgettable pals first landed in print in 1950 with its popularity skyrocketing in the 1960s when Snoopy moved from four paws to two.

A musical of Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opened as an off-Broadway production in 1967 before hitting Broadway in 1971. In 1999, one year before Schulz’s death, the curtain drew back on a Broadway revival featuring heavy hitters such as Kristin REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Hannah Cumming (Sally) rehearses a scene with Michael Fain (Linus).

Starting today, the musical comes to Lakeridge High School with the familiar characters and their familiar hurdles: shy Charlie Brown yearning for the Little Red-Haired Girl, sharp-tongued Lucy fruitlessly flirting with that indifferent piano prodigy named Schroeder, super-dog Snoopy daydreaming about adventures, the philosophical Linus clutching his baby blanket and Sally pursuing Linus, her unrequited love and “Sweet Baboo.”

“It’s all building up to the moment where Charlie Brown feels accepted, and I really love that,” said sophomore Caroline Haroldson, who plays Lucy. by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jordan Clarke (Charlie Brown) and Caroline Haroldson (Lucy) practice a scene near Snoopys doghouse.

Lakeridge’s “Good Man” is on tap today and Saturday as well as next week at the school. The cast is composed of freshmen and sophomores, and the goal is affording underclassmen a chance to shine because upperclassmen usually nab the big roles, by dint of having more experience, said Andrew Ballnik, drama teacher.

Ballnik upped the cast from six actors to 15, adding a chorus to the show to offer more opportunities for younger students.

“This is a playful musical; it’s not ‘The Crucible’; it’s not Shakespeare,” Ballnik said. “I just want them to get used to being on stage.”by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Eliott Wells plays Snoopy, Charlie Browns imaginative dog.

Sophomore Hannah Cumming (Sally) said potential attendees shouldn’t shy away from the show simply because the performers are young.

“I don’t really think that talent relies on age,” Cumming said. “You’ve just got to work hard. You’ll be as talented as senior if you’re a freshman and you work hard.”

Jordan Clarke (Charlie Brown) said he loves his fellow entertainers.

“It’s such a great, small cast, and it’s just awesome working with all of these talented people,” said Clarke, a freshman.

How to attend

When: 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Feb. 20 to 22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22

Where: Lakeridge High School, 1235 Overlook Drive

Cost: $5 per person

For more information, call 503-534-2319.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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