Popular cartoon becomes musical on HNHS stage

Nick Stephan (center) is featured as Charlie Brown in the Huntington North High School musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Performances are Thursday, April 23; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. at HNHS.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Comic strip star Charlie Brown and his sidekicks will make the jump to the stage for Huntington North High School's spring musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Performances are Thursday, April 23; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium. Tickets are available from cast members and can also be purchased at the box office prior to the show.

Nick Stephan takes on the role of Charlie Brown, the central character in the "Peanuts" comic strip drawn for 50 years by Charles Schulz. Alex Rader plays Snoopy, with Bronwen Fetters appearing as Sally, Haley Strass as Lucy, Drew Henly as Linus and Ryan Cole as Schroeder.

Also featured are Anna Reed as Patty, Mallory Bunting as Violet, Tiffany Smith as Gloria, Mandy Dyer as Penelope, Tanner Crawford as Bowser, Christopher Royer as Rudy, and Michael J. Paynter as PigPen.

The chorus includes Kati Frankle, Rachel Kochensparger, Hannah Town, Cheyenne LaVine, Seth Christman, Travis Duckett, Jordan Hawkins, Richard Lewis and Levi Smith.
Appearing as cheerleaders are Alyssa Hollowell, Ashley Rethlake, Melanie Richards and Anna Stong.

Together, they swat at baseballs, fight with kite-eating trees and philosophize in the pumpkin patch as they learn valuable lessons through wit, humor and heart.

The orchestra for the production includes Amanda Denna, Eric Sells, Adam Riecke, David Geders, Ashley Landrum and Josh Wenning.

Tyler Miller is the stage manager, and the production crew includes Abby Branscomb, Matthew Farthing, Skyler Rowe, Sean Godfroy, Jaime Vachon, Jessica Leeper, Matthew Thompson, Lana Derevyashkina, Megan Ness, Pete Wehr and Ryan Woods.

Ruth Reed is directing the production, with John Wenning serving as music director and Rhonda Landrum in charge of choreography. Tiffany Cicatko is the assistant director. Greg Reed is in charge of set construction, and Charles Hayden is responsible for lights and sound.