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'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' lights up Woodburn stage

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Tyler Lulich (center) and Sofia Velasquez (right) act out a scene from 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' as Charlie Brown and Lucy, respectively, while Oziel Riestra, who plays Snoopy, looks on. The show will play Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

*UPDATE* Due to weather, the new dates for the musical are Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m.

Woodburn High School presents the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the next two weekends.

The show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

While musicals often feature large ensembles, this musical, which features vignettes of characters from the classic comic strip “Peanuts,” has only six parts.

“We didn’t have a musical last year and I wanted to make sure it was something we could manage, because we’re always short on guys,” said Director Amy Sidwell. “We have two people who have never been in a play before and three people who have never been in a musical.”

Gabe Maksimov, a junior who plays Linus, is one of the people who has never done a musical before.

“It’s a lot different,” he said. “There’s a lot more attention to blocking and singing. I haven’t done that too much before.”

There are eight students in the cast, 16 on the tech crew and nine in the pit orchestra. The roles of Lucy and Snoopy are double casted, due largely to cast and crew having been battling the flu in recent weeks.

“That’s the drawback of having a small cast,” said senior Tyler Lulich, who plays Charlie Brown. “But it’s also allowed us to really get to know each other. I get excited when I see the other actors discover something new about their character.”

Lulich said he’s enjoyed getting to know the character of Charlie Brown, his first major role, who he said is constantly hopeful.

“I’ve learned a lot by taking IB (International Baccalaureate) theater, so I’ve been working to discover what his world is like,” Lulich said. “I prefer doing that to just fitting into what’s already been done (with that character).”

Maksimov said he enjoys playing Linus, who he admits is his favorite character.

“I like how he’s smart and will share random facts,” Maksimov said. “I imagine myself in the moment, thinking how he would do things.”

In fact, Maksimov has dabbled in method acting by carrying his Linus blanket around school with him.

“I carry it around with me to get the overall experience,” he said.

Lulich encourages audiences of all ages to attend the show at Woodburn High School, 1785 N. Front St.

“I hope the audience will see these characters and remember what it was like when they were kids, that they’re able to relate,” he said. “I hope they come and see us because the songs are heart-warming and these are such iconic characters.”




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