LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- John Jay Middle School will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a musical comedy based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip “Peanuts,” from March 31 to April 2.
Local theater director and science teacher David Fritsch is directing the production, and sixth-grade teachers Marcia Daley-Savo and Gloria Miller are co-producing it.
“The show takes lessons from the cartoons we’ve seen and explores relationships, learning that mistakes are OK and that little successes in life mean a lot,” Miller said. “My favorite part is standing at the top of the stairs and watching the magic of it all come together so effortlessly.”
Steve Martino, director of “The Peanuts Movie” and a local resident, volunteered to help with the production and painted several of the stage sets. “The students were in awe when they found out he was working here,” Miller said.
The musical production features 52 actors and 14 crew members. “My favorite part of the production is working with everyone, because we’re all like family,” said eighth-grader Lily Oyen, who plays Snoopy. “Snoopy is really fun to play because I get to do a lot of things that other characters don’t get to do, like bark and howl. Also, I’m the only one who gets to break the fourth wall and look at the audience.”
Stage manager Johanna Schechter, an eighth-grader, said, “The show has many layers that little kids might find funny, but if adults choose to dig deeper, they’ll find something meaningful.”
Also instrumental in the success of the show are musical director Kurk Ehrenreich, costume designer Suzanne Fritsch, choreographer Christine Lovett and about a half dozen carpenters.
Performances of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at John Jay Middle School are Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.