|3/26/2013 1:47:00 PM|
Favorite comic strip coming to Triton's new auditorium
|Practicing for the opening of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" are Gabby Klingsporn, J.P. Keller, Gretchen Keller, Jacob Knutson, Amber Miosi, Karissa Wright, Amanda Groll, Jacqi Barber, and Cameron Marquardt. Photo submitted|
By Ruth Hanson
"Happiness is about singing together when the day is through."
So says Charlie Brown, who became famous as the main character in the Charles Schultz comic strip, "Peanuts."
And he and his assorted band of friends are coming to the spanking new Triton High School auditorium to present the Broadway musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on Thursday through Saturday, April 4, 5, and 6 with the curtain going up at 7 p.m. The matinee will be on Tuesday, April 2, at 2 p.m.
"This is a great group of kids - and a fun play," John Schreiber, the director, said. "The students are doing a fantastic job. This is an extremely fun musical. I would do it again in a minute."
He said that he has never directed Charlie Brown before and that this is the Broadway version.
"They kept the best songs and added two more as well as a much more sophisticated orchestration," Schreiber said. "We have some kinks to work out, but we're having fun. The acoustics are excellent - even better than I expected."
Nan Winsell, the musical director, said that the underlying theme of "Charlie Brown" comes near the end.
"Happiness is about singing together when the day is through...is anything that's loved by you."
She said that we hear about inclusion a lot these days and here it is, on the stage, in musical form.
Lucy is bossy, Charlie Brown is unsure of himself, Sally is questioning, Linus is shy, Schroeder is musical and Snoopy, well, he's a dog. They all fit together to make a happy mix.
Kim Jensch adds flourish to the music to enhance it. She also helps with choreography, encouraging the actors to step out of their comfort zones.
"This is the smallest cast we've had in a long time," she said. "The timing is good and it is working out well. This play is a good experience for the kids. And the three of us staff people work well together. We compliment each other. It was such a long wait for the new auditorium. It's good to come together."
The standing room only crowd at the music concert on Thursday would have agreed and might have added, "It was worth the wait."
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