BY JUDY THOMPSON –
If you happen to be in the Ouachita Little Theatre these days, you can probably hear bossy Lucy giving Charlie Brown a hard time or listen to her as she is giving advice to other characters. Then you’ll hear the delightfully catchy music. Charles Schulz’s beloved comic ‘Peanuts’ comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at OLT beginning April 16.
Many of the six-member cast have performed at OLT previously. Chris Benner spends his working days at Christian Motorcyclists Association offices. He portrayed the Candy Man in last year’s Willie Wonka and will play the blockhead Charlie Brown. Poor Charlie Brown goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Playing bossy Lucy will be Chris’ wife, Brandy Benner. Nearly anyone who visits The Friendship House is familiar with Brandy as are the patrons of OLT. Brandy has appeared in numerous productions, including Willie Wonka, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun and the Quilters.
Zane Sherrer is a senior at Mena High School and will pursue musical theatre. He has been in Willie Wonka twice! The first time, Zane was only three years old when he played a squirrel. Last year, he played Charlie Buckett. In addition, he has performed in several productions at Mena High. Zane will play the blanket-toting Linus.
Paulette Sherrer, principal at Holly Harshman Elementary, will portray Sally who loves to make fun of Linus. Paulette is also a veteran of OLT and has been in such OLT hits as Oliver, Guys & Dolls, and Man of LaMancha.
Snoopy, that dog with the vivid imagination who is always in the doghouse, will be played by Kelsey Wiggins, a sophomore at Mena High School. Kelsey was an Oompa Loompa leader in Willie Wonka. She has also appeared in high school productions.
Mena High student, Brandon Zacharias is a ‘newbie’ at OLT, but has theatrical experience from high school productions. He will finish out the cast as the piano prodigy Schroeder.
Performance dates are April 16, 18-19 and April 24-26. For more information, go to www.ouachitalittletheatre.org or call 243-0186.