Charles Schultz’s classic comic strip, Peanuts, never goes out of style. It’s has kept us laughing for years on the pages of newspapers and on stage, too. This weekend, the students at Oldfields School will present the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in their final production of the 2011-2012 theatre season.
The production will be filled with seasoned performers as well as students who are trying their hand at acting for the first time. Senior Parker Phelan is anticipating her final show at Oldfields in the role of Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s fido friend. She is excited about her last performance on the Oldfields’ stage, but admits she is also a bit sad since she has been a part of the theatre program since eighth grade.
Another seasoned actress, Barrett Pitcher has been performing for audiences since she began taking acting lessons at the age of four. She performs at local dinner theatres and as a freshman is now in her fourth production at Oldfields. Barrett plays the role of Sally, a character who “likes to make people think she’s in control.”
Why see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown? “The play is so bright and bold; it brings you back to your childhood,” says Laura Gilchrist ’16 (playing Lucy). Pamela Icyeza, in the role of Charlie Brown says, “He’s the perfect definition of a kid, and that’s been interesting to learn about.”
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be held in the newly renovated David Niven Theatre at Oldfields School April 27-29. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:00 p.m., while Sunday offers a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available. A bake sale will be held to benefit Playmakers, Oldfields’ student-run theatre group.