The Waldorf School of Garden City Music Department presented You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! on the evening of Friday, April 24th and twice on Saturday, April 25th. The shows featured high school students who took part in the After School Musical Club this year, specifically freshman Boris Epie as Charlie Brown, sophomore Gabrielle Martin as Sally Brown, senior Peyton Flynn as Lucy van Pelt, freshman Fiona Somers as Linus van Pelt, junior Gerard Burnett as Schroeder, and junior Rebecca Cooperstein as Snoopy. Six additional students – sophomore Anastasia Zaintz, senior Nombulelo Malunga, freshman Cary Knopf, sophomore Rachel Rosenstein, freshman Annie Harrigan, and senior Alicia Greco – also worked behind-the scenes.
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Cooperstein.
All performances were to packed, standing-room only audiences of parents, teachers and friends.
“I was incredibly proud of the work the students put into this production,” said Waldorf’s music teacher Mr. Andy Fallu. “They really brought Charles Schulz’s beloved comic to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical.”
In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness is revealed. The new script featured two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations.
Additional funds raised from the three performances – in the amount of $400 – were donated to Project Linus, a charity that makes and gives blankets to sick children.