Theater students bringing beloved cartoon characters to life
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 22, 2012 | 2114 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lucy Van Pelt (Alexis Gravlee) advises Charlie Brown (Dylan Kyser) on his latest problem in Corner Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Lucy Van Pelt (Alexis Gravlee) advises Charlie Brown (Dylan Kyser) on his latest problem in Corner Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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Charlie Brown’s eccentric friends agree that he’s a good man. He’s also so popular that Corner Theatre has added an additional matinee for their production of the 1967 musical comedy based on the beloved “Peanuts” characters.

Corner High School students will be performing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at www.cornertheatre.org.

Producer and director Mike Putman said a rendition of “Charlie Brown” seemed to be a fitting finale to Corner Theatre’s 2011-2012 season, which also included “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey,” “Bethlehem or Bust!” and “Wiley and the Hairy Man.”

“’Charlie Brown’ is a popular piece, and I wanted to do a crowd-pleaser,” Putman said.

Corner High School students have been involved in every aspect of the production, from designing the sets and costumes to the acting, lighting and direction.

The show was directed by seniors Krista Long and Terra Phares, who said they encouraged their peers to stay as close to the original characters as possible.

Putman said it wasn’t difficult to convince high school students to take on the role of six-year-olds.

“I have found that teenagers don’t like playing teenagers. They like playing adults or something younger than their actual age,” Putman said.

Corner Theatre has been consistently recognized as one of the best high school drama departments in the state.

Its students consistently take home top honors at competitions and last year received more than $400,000 in theater scholarships.

Putman said he tries to find ways to use Corner Theatre to further each student’s life goals, whether it’s a career in musical theater or physical therapy.

“The rest will fall into place. You’re going to win scholarships. You’re going to win awards. You’re going to have great shows because you care about the individual,” Putman said.