An all-star cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” played to a full house at three performances April 20-22 in the Jaworski Fine Arts Center on the Vanguard campus. The adaptation of the popular Broadway musical was filled with song and dance as a cast of six students, directed by Les Marshall, went on stage with top-notch family entertainment.
Vanguard’s Theatre Arts Department put magic onto the stage with a cast of all ages. Freshman Erin Frisch clung to a quintessential blanket as Linus. Senior Spencer Holmes played a very convincing Charlie Brown who lacked a positive outlook on life. Junior Lauren Wasson played the level-headed Sally Brown. Seventh grader Michael VanHoose pounded his piano keys as Schroeder. Senior Alex Jones howled out the part of Snoopy. And always full of sound advice, sophomore Claire Cole portrayed Lucy.
The production wouldn’t have left the ground without a dedicated backstage crew including stage manager Hannah Thompson (freshman), lighting director Caitlin Leslie (eighth grader), curtain caller Veronica Calhoun (eighth grader), spotlight operator Ashley Lopez (seventh grader), and set director Jane Millar (eighth grader). Senior Larissa Sheldon choreographed the performance, and Paula Marshall (science teacher) served as costume coordinator and special assistant to the director. Professional musicians Sergio Bezerra (pianist), Julia Hardie (strings), and Justin Vance (reeds) provided accompaniment.
Saturday evening’s performance included exhibits by art students and an orchestra performance. The Fine Arts Extravaganza, complete with silent auction, crowned the three-day event and made a powerfully successful mark in the history of Vanguard’s Fine Arts Department.