Buffalo Grove High School’s ‘Charlie Brown’ going to state theater festival
Brian McCallister plays Charlie Brown during the Buffalo Grove High School performance. | Photo courtesy District 214
Updated: January 28, 2013 6:07AM
BUFFALO GROVE — The Illinois High School Theatre Festival accepted Buffalo Grove High School’s fall play, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” to be performed during the event, Jan. 10-12.
The annual convergence of top high school thespians and technical crews, from approximately 25 full-length productions, will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The curtain will rise on Buffalo Grove’s performances at 3:45 and 7:45 p.m. Jan. 11 at Lincoln Hall.
Clark Gesner penned the book, music and lyrics, based on Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. In moments from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, the entire spectrum of what it means to be human is explored: optimism and despair, uncertainty and hopefulness.
Brian McCallister plays Charlie Brown, Grace Baird is Sally Brown, Alyssa Gillespie is Lucy Van Pelt, Jim VanDerBosch is Snoopy, Alec Sabbath is Schroeder and Cole Festenstein is Linus Van Pelt. The ensemble is comprised of Milan Babic, Jessie Brooks, Robert Hussey, Hallie Larkowski, Erin Logan and Jessica Wolf.
Director/choreographer is Beth Wells; the musical director is Debora Utley; Jeannie Workman is the piano and rehearsal accompanist; scenic designer/technical director is Ed Moon; and the costume and make-up coordinator is Debbie Andres.
This marks the first time that three Township High School District 214 schools have been chosen to perform their full-length plays at the festival in the same year. Rolling Meadows High School (“Figments”) and Prospect High School (“The Sparrow”) will also present.
Festival officials also chose Buffalo Grove senior Joe Cavaiani, by rigorous audition, to perform at the festival in the cast of the All-State production of “Memphis.”