The Musical Society at H. Frank Carey High School performed its annual musical production on March 9-11. This year’s show, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” was particularly special because it marked the first performances in the beautiful, brand new school auditorium.
Under the direction of music department teacher Mr. Gregory Krajci, the traditional six-character cast (Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Sally) was expanded to 23 people, in which cast members were assigned classic Peanuts characters (Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pig-Pen, Woodstock, among others); then, students had the opportunity to write and direct extra scenes by bringing the famous comic strip to life or creating their own original thoughts. Students on the production team designed costumes, measured the set, fundraised, made props and promoted the show.
Students on the stage crew, advised by Carey staff members Ms. Barbara Priester and Mr. Thomas Hawrusik, made the Charles Schulz comics come to life by building ornate set pieces, such as Snoopy’s dog house, Schroeder’s piano and Lucy’s doctor’s booth. The pit orchestra, under the direction of Floral Park Memorial orchestra teacher Mr. Louis Dura, treated the audience to the dazzling and familiar sounds of the Peanuts music.
The hard work and dedication put in by the cast, production team, pit orchestra and stage crew was definitely reflected onstage and made this show a positive and rewarding experience. The production would also not have been possible without the gracious support of the Carey Dad’s Club, PTSA, and building administration. The cast looks forward to bringing parts of the show to the Franklin Square School District in April.