By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN For fans of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters, the 2012 Dassel-Cokato High School Fall Musical is something to see.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” begins at the DC Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 9. Tickets are on sale now for the scheduled four performances.
“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz, with script, music, and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner. It brings to life Schulz’s beloved characters, who take the audience through an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.
Director Robert Kampa said this particular musical was selected for several reasons.
“Most importantly, it was selected because of the sweet sentiment and warm humor of the Peanuts characters and the wonderful musical score,” he said.
Also, because the characters are well-known, it gave the actors an advantage in being able to understand them and it made them relatable from a young person’s perspective, Kampa explained. “It provides an opportunity for the actors to create and bring to life characters that previously were only known to them as cartoon or animated ones,” he said.
The actors and characters are: Cody Harmening as Charlie Brown, Kathryn Mankenberg as Lucy Van Pelt, Ryan Peterson as Snoopy, Isaac Olson as Linus Van Pelt, Megan Harmening as Sally Brown, Cody Ewald as Schroeder, Alison Basney as Little Red-Haired Girl, Henry Von Ohlen as Shermy, and Jeanne Goepfert as Violet.
The cast is a mix of veteran student actors and newcomers to the theatre, according to Kampa.
“The new students have grown tremendously and have benefited from the opportunity to work with the more seasoned student performers,” Kampa said, adding, “The biggest challenge for the new students is, at first, understanding theatre terminology, and then, rising to the challenge with regards to the vocal and physical demands of performing in a musical.”
Kampa encourages the public to attend a performance, and said it’s a wonderful musical for the whole family.
“The Peanuts characters are instantly recognizable for audience members, both young and old, and the experiences of the characters are relatable, humorous, warm, and endearing,” he added.
For those interested, the cast and crew of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be selling Peanuts pins with the characters for $2 as a fundraiser for the DC drama program.
Pins will also be available in the high school activities office and at each of the performances.
Tickets on sale now
There are four opportunities to see “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” Friday and Saturday Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth (18 and under) and can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the high school activities office, or one hour prior to the performance.
For questions, call Patti Kampa at (320) 286-4100, ext. 1813.