The iconic story of Charlie Brown is coming to life at Northern Bedford High School under the direction of Brett Keith. This will be Brett’s first musical with Northern Bedford. Before his position with NBC, he was the music director with Bishop Guilfoyle.
“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, (Revised 1999) opens March 14th. This is a feel-good musical perfect for any family member to attend. With a small, all student cast and five-piece orchestra, they plan on bringing a more modern and upbeat twist to this play.
The auditorium looks just like the comic strip with bright artwork designed by Mrs. Miller and her students. The over all animation will come to life with special technology designed to allow the audience to “step into the world of Charlie Brown”, says Brett. This will differ greatly from other school renditions.
The main cast includes Brook Troutman as Charlie Brown, Clay McIlnay as Snoopy, Josh Strayer as Schroeder, Matthew Hall as Linus, Madison Cottle as Sally and Ally Ritchey as Lucy (students shown in photo below).
Around 20 students auditioned for the play but over 45 students including the choir were cast for the overall production of this play. From the iconic zigzag of Charlie Brown’s shirt to the Snoopy costume, it all helps everyone get into their role. Josh, who plays Schroeder, loves that his character likes music just as much as he does. He is looking forward to having his own solo in the play. We had the opportunity to talk to each student. They all are very excited and love their characters. What will Snoopy look like as a human? It will be a neat experience overall to see Charlie Brown as a real character vs a cartoon.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the high school office at 814-766-4710. All seating is reserved and are $8 each. Showings for this performance are March 14-16 at 7pm. You may also purchase your tickets at the door.