By John Anderson
The Auburn Community Players presented You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on August 9 and 10. Friday’s performance was moved into Pakachoag Church due to rain, while Saturday’s musical was held outdoors at the Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion at the Pappas Recreation Complex.
The show combines songs and skits based on the popular comic strip Peanuts and is both lighthearted and fun. For those of us who grew up reading the strip and watching the seasonal specials on television, the show was a real memory jogger. From Charlie’s adoration of the “little red-haired girl” to the “wah wah wah” from Miss Othmar, it was all there.
Leadership positions included: Stage Director – Christine Taylor; Music Director and Accompanist – Nate Newton; Choreographer – Jackie Johnson; Stage Manager – Taylor Plumley; and Production Assistant – Stephanie Bolduc. Many other parents and friends of the cast contributed to make this production a hit.
The small cast of six actors was kept busy as the show transitioned very quickly from one scene to the next. 15 musical numbers were performed with great flair. Chris Sullivan, a 2013 graduate of Auburn High School, played Charlie Brown while Auburn resident Kat Meyer, a junior at Hudson High School, performed as Lucy Van Pelt.
Snoopy was portrayed by Connor Sampson who will be a freshman at Auburn High in the fall. Alec Pitzele, a 2013 graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, acted as Schroeder, and Zach Fuller, a 7th grader at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, played Linus Van Pelt. Madison Poshkus, in the 7th grade at Auburn Middle School, had the role of Sally Brown.
Auburn Community Players is a non-profit, community theatre company founded by Christine Taylor with the support of Pakachoag Church. “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” was the third summer theater camp production for the group this year. Third through eighth graders performed Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” in July. Earlier this month kindergarten through third graders performed “Lemonade” in conjunction with the Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester.