Audience members were transported back more than half a century last week in the delightfully colorful production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club’s student cast delighted audiences with a nostalgic trip back to a simpler time without smartphones, computers or video games.
The show followed the “Peanuts” gang from the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz as they struggled through childhood experiences.
Playing Charlie Brown was Nathaniel Stewart in the trademark yellow shirt with the black zigzag stripe.
Rachael Brundage got a lot of laughs as the bossy Lucy in her blue dress. And she showed her singing ability performing a number lying on top of a miniature baby grand piano.
Schroeder, played by Elliot Zalweski, gave a strong performance of “Beethoven’s Birthday.”
Bobbi Beaugureau was spot on in her portrayal of Sally in her pink polka-dot dress. She drew lots of laughter from the Friday afternoon audience with her performance of “My New Philosophy.”
Wardrobe played a key role in this production, which was handled by Trinity Chick and Savannah Hopson.
Cameron Middaugh was the shy and intelligent Linus. She took center stage in a performance of “My Blanket and Me,” as the entire cast joined her.
Of course, Charlie’s beagle, Snoopy, played by Makenzie Abney, seemed to be at the center of nearly everything, either sitting or laying atop her doghouse with her little bird friend, Woodstock, played by elementary school student Jackson Beeson.
Abney shined in a rousing and passionate performance of “Suppertime,” which was just one of several numbers highlighting the work of choreographer Katie Beeson.
Her talents were put to the test late in the show as Stewart leads the entire cast in “T-E-A-M (the Baseball Game),” a number centered around a baseball game that talks about everybody being part of the team.
Stage director Taylor Keeney is a seven-year drama student who started with Longhorn Theatre’s Junior Drama Club as a sixth-grader.
“Because of her maturity and insight, Taylor was chosen to stage manage a full-length show as a sophomore, which is a milestone for a student so young,” said Payson High School Theatre Director Kathy Siler. “She did a great job with both directing the actors, communicating her technical requirements and with her relationships with the cast and crew. It is a big challenge both physically and emotionally being in charge of a full stage show — and a musical at that. Taylor fit in with the production staff, which includes Kyle Headstream as musical director, Lisa Tan as vocal director, Katie Beeson as choreographer and myself as technical director, very well. Taylor rose to the challenge, even pitching in with designing part of the show and painting and costuming. She is passionate about student success and put her heart, mind and soul into this production.”
Rounding out the cast were Arianne Baer as Marcie, Ayden Meyn as Pig Pen, Hannah Barnes as Eudora, Sydney Dando as Little Redhead Girl, Marissa Ormand as Frieda and Raymond Hesson as Floyd.
Understudies were Elli Linkey (Snoopy/Peggy) and Caitlyn Adams (Lucy/Charlotte).
The production was presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark.
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