Tonawanda News — “I relate to Charlie Brown. He’s kind of a blockhead ... but he has a lot of friends. It’s an interesting role to play.”
Kelly Rife, a senior, plays Sally Brown, Charlie’s little sister. She loves the role, she said, because “I can be immature, which is a good thing.”
“Most of us really bring ourselves into our characters, which is also a good thing,” Rife said. “I really like Sally. She’s the naive one of the group. Sometimes she doesn’t know what’s going on ... which is me, at times.”
Even better, she said, is that her best friend plays her brother in the show, “which is awesome. We’re like a family.”
While the show differs from the comic strip and cartoons in some ways (Snoopy speaks!), many images are familiar, including Lucy’s “psychiatric help 5¢” booth, Charlie Brown’s luck (or lack thereof) at baseball and Snoopy’s ongoing battle with the Red Baron.
Ryan Burow, a junior who plays Snoopy, noted that the role is a unique one because “everyone has their own idea of who Snoopy is.” However, he’s up for the challenge.
“Give me the right moment,” he said, “and I’m hopping off the walls ... just like Snoopy.”
The cast also includes Amanda Schultz as Lucy Van Pelt, Nick Limina as Linus Van Pelt, Lindsay Andrews as Peppermint Patty, Rhett Boswell as Schroeder, Elaina Hill as Woodstock, Katie Benware as Frieda, James Benders as Pig Pen, Kathleen Kane as Violet, Michael Ta as Franklin, Alex Kane as Shermy, Hannah Raymond as Marcie and Julianne Yendall as The Little Red-Haired Girl. Jill Neuhaus is music director.IF YOU GO • WHAT: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday • WHERE: Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road, Town of Tonawanda • TICKETS: Pre-sale tickets are $7 and are available at the school's main office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. At the door, tickets are $9.