Rogers High School prepares for ‘Charlie’

Alexa Gerber as “Lucy” and Tyler Donnay as “Charlie” rehearse a scene for Rogers High School’s upcoming spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Performances begin March 21 at Rogers Middle School. (Photos by Aaron Brom)

Alexa Gerber as “Lucy” and Tyler Donnay as “Charlie” rehearse a scene for Rogers High School’s upcoming spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Performances begin March 21 at Rogers Middle School. (Photos by Aaron Brom)

With a cast of 15 students, rehearsals are underway for Rogers High School’s spring musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

In the title role is Tyler Donnay, joined on stage by Alexa Gerber as Lucy, Sam Bartz as Schroeder, Jordyn Sarvey as Sally, Evin Blankenship as Linus and Reilly Othoudt as Snoopy.

Rogers High School cast members join arms in a scene from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The spring musical runs Thursday through Sunday, March 21 through 24.

Rogers High School cast members join arms in a scene from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The spring musical runs Thursday through Sunday, March 21 through 24.

Tyler Donnay, left, playing the lead, “Charlie,” rehearses a line as a cast of characters dance in unison behind him.

Tyler Donnay, left, playing the lead, “Charlie,” rehearses a line as a cast of characters dance in unison behind him.

Also included in the cast are Trenton Wyman (Pig-pen), Amelia Utecht (Frieda), Emily Bourgeois (Violet), Mikkel Fulkerson (Patty), Hannah Graffunder (Marcie), Drew Jordan (Peppermint Patty), and Alyx Garrett and Sarah Miller as the twins 3 and 4.

The show will run Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at Rogers Middle School.

“It will be a delight for the audience to see their favorite ‘Peanuts’ characters come to life,” said director Hope Murray.  “It’s a very energetic, high energy show, with a lot of fun vignettes taken right from Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip.”

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” was first produced for the stage in 1967 and starred Gary Burghoff, most familiar to audiences as Radar O’Reilly of “M.A.S.H.” It was revised for Broadway in 1999, and Kristen Chenoweth and Roger Bart won Tony Awards for the roles of Sally and Snoopy, respectively.

“We have cast members who have been researching not only the musical but the comic strip characters as well,” Murray said. “It’s a very committed group and a very talented one. It’s going to be a really amazing show that the whole family can attend.”

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