Good grief!

THMS actors present a day in the life of Charlie Brown

By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 29, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell The cast of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" are Avery Kreamer as Snoopy (in front), Cameron Pillitteri as Charlie Brown (behind Kreamer) and from left in back are Jed Salvatore as Shermy, Eliot Ripley as Sally, Leander Andrews as Schroeder, Max Howard as Linus and Alyson Peabody as Lucy.

Belfast — A group of young local actors will bring Charles Schultz's most recognizable characters to the stage at Troy Howard Middle School when they present "You're a Good man, Charlie Brown."

The curtain will rise Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. and for a Sunday matinee Aug. 5 at noon. All three shows will take place at THMS.

Director Sarah Joy said this is the first time THMS actors have come together for a summer production.

"I was looking for a way to get kids interested in drama, and to keep it going through the summer," she said. "Our hope is that next year we can do another show."

This production marks Joy's first time directing a show on her own. She typically assists THMS performing arts teacher Jason Bannister with costume creation for the shows the drama program presents during the school year. Since it's the first attempt at a summer production, Joy said, she wanted to choose a show that involves a fairly small cast and is a bit simpler in terms of sets and music.

But make no mistake, the show, which Joy describes as a day in the life of Charlie Brown, promises a good deal of song and dance. The production will also include student-created sets that mimic the colorful backgrounds often seen in the comic strip — the brick wall and blue sky commonly featured during conversations between Charlie Brown (played by Cameron Pillitteri) and Linus (Max Howard), or the psychiatric help counter operated by Linus' sister, Lucy (Alyson Peabody).

The show will also include the talents of Eloit Ripley, who will play the role of Charlie Brown's sister, Sally, Leander Andrews (Schroeder), Avery Kreamer (Snoopy), Jed Salvatore (Shermy) and Kyra Kilby (Frieda).

In addition to the cast, THMS students Alison and Kristina Walker will serve as stage managers and Delia Nichols will handle sound for the production. Belfast Area High School student Jessie Knight will manage the lighting, and fellow BAHS students Grant Richards and Taylor and Josh Peabody helped build the sets, including Snoopy's doghouse.

"I wanted everything to be student-run, and include lots of kids who didn't necessarily want to act, but still wanted to help out with the show," said Joy.

Joy said the production has had the support of the Marsh River Theater in Brooks, as the neighboring theater company loaned the THMS actors the use of several costumes.

The cost of admission is $5, with children under 5 admitted free of charge. All proceeds will benefit the Footlights Booster Club and will help fund future stage productions.

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