OHTS opens new season with ‘Charlie Brown’

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Photo by Robert Noles — “Schroeder” played by Dean Jones and “Lucy” played by Anna Brown run a scene at Tuesday’s rehearsal at OHS.
Photo by Robert Noles — “Schroeder” played by Dean Jones and “Lucy” played by Anna Brown run a scene at Tuesday’s rehearsal at OHS.
Photo by Robert Noles

“Schroeder” played by Dean Jones and “Lucy” played by Anna Brown run a scene at Tuesday’s rehearsal at OHS.

By Auburn Terry

Junior Reporter

The Opelika High Theatre Society will begin its weeklong run of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” starting Thursday.

This is the first and smallest show of the Society’s third four-show season, with the cast totaling seven people. The show features 15 original songs taken from the short quips one finds in the Peanuts newspaper comics. The show bounces from scene to scene and is designed to keep audiences laughing from beginning to end.

Senior John Sasser, who is filling the title role of the beloved Charlie Brown, said audiences are likely to be attracted to the nostalgia the show brings of childhood.

“People will want to see the classic Peanuts jokes they know and love come to life,” Sasser said.

Director Revel Gholston, entering into his 14th year of direction for OHTS, said the show is so amazing because it comes as such a surprise for audiences.

“(The show) is a full-scale Broadway musical condensed in seven people, and it takes on a variety show-esque aspect with singing, dancing and skit-like jokes throughout the show,” Gholston said.

The musical features seven of the most beloved Peanuts characters: Charlie and Sally Brown, Lucy and Linus Van Pelt, Schroeder, Snoopy and Woodstock, brought to life by an all-star cast of four seniors and three juniors from the elite theatre troupe at OHS.

Show dates and times are as follows: Sept. 11, 14 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students, and $10 for adults.

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