GOOD GRIEF, IT'S A HIT 'CHARLIE BROWN' PLAY GETS EASTER INTO ACT.
A musical production of ``You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'' delighted audiences during three performances in April, with some scenes slightly changed to highlight the Easter holiday.
The spring show was presented by D.E.E. (Developing Exceptional Entertainment) Studio Productions at Town Center Mall, Valencia Marketplace and Barnes & Noble.
The original play's Valentine's Day scene was changed to an Easter egg hunt scene, the glee club scene included the song ``The Easter Parade,'' and the book report scene featured the book ``Peter Rabbit.''
The cast ranged in age from 5 to 11, with 15-year-old Annie Horak acting as student director and performing two cameos as the teacher, Mrs. Othmar, and Charlie's mom.
Garrett Forster, 10, led the cast as lovable loser Charlie Brown, with Sarah Struble, 8, as the little red-haired girl and Ashley Pickert, 10, as his sister, Sally.
Bianca Brockl, 11, delivered her lines as Lucy with a bossy flair, while Cameron Morales, 9, carried his security blanket around as her brother, Linus. Charlie's melodramatic beagle, Snoopy, was played by Shelby Spalione, 10, and Jeanine Forster, 5, fluttered around on stage as Woodstock.
A highlight of each performance was talented pianist Matt Aune, 10, who played Schroeder and presented such songs as ``Moonlight Sonata'' and other classical and ``Peanuts'' favorites during the show.
Director Nancy Horak, from D.E.E. Studio Productions, is also music director for the College of the Canyons Theatre Department. She also served as costume designer and musician for the performances.
``The whole cast gave terrific performances,'' Horak said. ``Everyone worked well together to make this an enjoyable show.''
D.E.E. Studio Productions is located at 25520 Wilde Ave., Stevenson Ranch. For information about upcoming performances, call (661) 799-7015.
``You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'' cast members are (front row, left to right) Shelby Spalione, Bethany Struble, Cameron Morales, Clint Forster, Bianca Brockl, Lauren Vangrinsven, Sarah Struble, Jeanine Forster and Cyndi Cantrell. Back row, left to right, Ashley Pickert, Garrett Forster, Annie Horak and Matt Aune. Director Nancy Horak is at the piano.