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"Charlie Brown" Cast Brings Charm, Laughter and Happiness to Stage
Posted 05/02/2017 05:35PM

See more "Charlie Brown" photos in the full gallery! / Photo: Jon Veleas

Charlie Brown, his little sister Sally, and friends Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus - and of course, Snoopy - charmed audiences and had theatergoers chuckling as they navigated the ups and downs of an ordinary day filled with kite-flying, baseball, homework, not-so-secret crushes, and glee club while discovering that each of us is actually quite extraordinary!

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” performed by Bay Ridge Prep’s Upper School Theater Department over a three-day run beginning April 28, featured a cast of thirteen actors from grades 9-12, a live orchestra, and a set designed and conceived by students and Bay Ridge Prep alumni.

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The “Peanuts” gang thrilled children and adults as they sang and dance across the stage inside the school’s 74th Street Building. The cast featured Anthony Berini ‘20 as Snoopy, Flannery Brown ‘18 as Sally, Kaplan Cekiq ‘17 as Schroeder, Michelle D'Antoni ‘17 as Marcie, Cam Goldberg ‘19 as Rerun van Pelt, Gavin McDonough ‘19 as Linus van Pelt, Lucia Pepe ‘20 as Violet, Mitch Polozov ‘17 as Charlie Brown, Andres Priest-Lopez ‘17 as Shermy, Derek Privman ‘19 as Maynard, Molly Schwarz ‘17 as Lucy van Pelt, and Aidan Walsh ‘20 as Pig-Pen.

Accompanying the talented and energetic cast of Upper School students was a live orchestra featuring Ms. Alice Buchanan (strings), Mr. Miles Neretin (bass), Dr. Aaron Patterson (reeds), Mr. Scott Tofte (percussion), and Mr. Justin Ward (keyboard).

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“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” was directed by Mr. Alec Harrington and Ms. Cait Hynes, with music direction by Dr. Aaron Patterson, choreography by Ms. Deanna Flanagan and Dr. Noreen Stewart, set construction by Mr. Dean Bevilacqua and alum Matthew Durnin, and set decoration by Ms. Helena Ng, Ms. Reese Mattison and students of Bay Ridge Prep visual arts classes.

The original production premiered off-Broadway in 1967 and was directed by Michael Mayer before being revived in a 1999 iteration Anthony Rapp and Kristin Chenoweth.

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Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school offering exceptional courses and intimate class sizes in a socially-mature and positive environment.



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Bay Ridge Prep is a co-ed, K-12 independent school in Brooklyn, New York, that is home to 400 students and over 100 faculty spread across two buildings.  With a student-centered environment and fresh approach to education, Bay Ridge Prep provides an enriching academic experience in a socially mature environment.


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