Playing to full houses on the nights April 29 and 30, the cast and crew of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown inhabited the characters and situations of this endearing Broadway musical with energy and talent. York Prep’s Spring Musical took over the stage of the beautiful Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater for the first time. “It was a fantastic place for the production,” said Media Specialist Mrs. Cathy Minaudo. “There wasn’t a bad seat in the house—and they were comfortable.”
The time of the action is an average day in the life of Charlie Brown, an “Everyman” as imagined by creator Charles M. Schultz. In his first principal role, 10th grader Cole Lumpkin performed Charlie Brown. Cole has played supporting characters in past York Prep productions, such as Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie, and Annie.
The production, which included students from 6th to 12th grades, was the “swan song” for veteran senior performers Yvonne Goutman (Lucy), Ben Reid (Linus), in a break-out role, and Lola Cohen (Sally).
“I really enjoyed working with the students’ voices on this melodically and rhythmically challenging score,” said Musical Director Mrs. Sheri Martucci-Cicero. “I think that what sets York apart from other schools is our Performing Arts program. We offer students with little or no background in musical theater a chance to learn how to work together as a team and shine on stage.”
Ninth grader Taryn, who took on the role of Snoopy, said, “Rehearsing after school was so much fun, and my character allowed me to open myself up and be who I wanted to be.”
We extend hearty congratulations to York Prep faculty members Maria Getz, Drama Director, and Mrs. Martucci-Cicero on a job well done.