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February 10, 2013

Curtains rising | Students in region rehearsing for high school musicals, plays

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“I don’t think the kids initially realized how challenging this musical really is. It’s been great to see the kids rise to that challenge.”

Jennifer Stombaugh, musical director

 

Johnstown Christian

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Charlie Brown stands alone as his friends give their various opinions of him. Today everyone is calling him a “good man.” Charlie Brown is happy and hopeful as usual, but he nevertheless wonders if he really is what they say. As Charlie Brown’s world unfolds, we see him and his friends’ joy, struggles, frustration, hope and excitement in the daily life of the “Peanuts” gang.

Charlie Brown talks about his bad days. Lucy expresses her deep infatuation with Schroeder and asks him what he thinks of the idea of marriage. Sally shares her sadness because her jump rope is tangled. Linus confesses his undying devotion to his blanket.

Although trivial to many in the minds of 5 and 6 year olds, these dilemmas are life and death, which makes for many laughs and thrills as musical numbers express their passion to win the championship “Baseball Game,” a song of jubilation goes out to Schroeder’s hero on “Beethoven Day” and the “The Book Report” proves an extremely challenging assignment for the characters. However, by nightfall Snoopy has celebrated over his joyous “Suppertime” and the characters settle in to reflect on the “Happiness” of the day and in their lives.

“The cast is more than I could ever hope for. They are all so talented in a variety of ways, from their singing, dancing and theatrical abilities. With each cast member constantly adding to their characters, it makes rehearsal a joy as well as increases the anticipated excitement for the audience to see the show. The songs are so catchy that it makes the show contagious to watch and the audience is sure to be singing the songs as they leave. It’s a happy and fun show, so rehearsals seems to fly with so much getting accomplished. It’s always a joy, especially watching my cast as they grow more and more with each rehearsal.”

Angela R. Godin, director, and Joshua Smith, music director

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