High school to stage en­er­getic mu­si­cal ‘Snoopy.’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - Kris­tine Parkes

For many stu­dents, the spring mu­si­cal is a key­stone ex­pe­ri­ence of their high school years. They forge friend­ships and de­velop grit, from the nerve-wrack­ing au­di­tion process to long nights spent in re­hearsal, all lead­ing up to putting on a show for their friends and fam­ily and their greater com­mu­nity. Boy­er­town Area Se­nior High stu­dents are go­ing through that right now as they per­fect their lines and mem­o­rize their chore­og­ra­phy for “Snoopy! the Mu­si­cal.” This fun, high-en­ergy mu­si­cal is a se­quel to “You’re a Good Man, Char­lie Brown,” with a fo­cus on the life of Snoopy, Char­lie Brown’s mis­chievous bea­gle.

The show runs from Fri­day, Feb. 16, through Sun­day, Feb. 18. For ticket in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the box of­fice at 610-473-3667.

Hav­ing a mu­si­cal is un­usual for this year, be­cause the mu­sic depart­ment is tour­ing to Spain dur­ing the spring, oc­cu­py­ing the time the show is usu­ally per­formed. How­ever, the stu­dents and mu­sic depart­ment banded to­gether and de­cided the show must go on. They wasted no time af­ter re­leas­ing the cast list on Nov. 12, to the first re­hearsal on Nov. 13.

From then un­til their last re­hearsal on Feb. 15, stu­dents put in three to four hours of practice ev­ery night, along with Satur­day re­hearsals. “It’s a very hec­tic sched­ule but it’s all worth it,” says twelfth-grade stu­dent Me­gan Droege, who is play­ing the role of Pep­per­mint Patty. She also per­formed in last year’s mu­si­cal “The Sound of Mu­sic,” as did many of the Snoopy cast mem­bers.

The in­tense sched­ule doesn’t faze these stu­dents. Mary Fet­ter­man, a twelfth­grade stu­dent play­ing the role of Lucy, says it has been an in­ten­sive re­hearsal process, but it’s one of the best casts she’s ev­ery worked with. “Every­one works hard and wants an amaz­ing show, I think every­one is go­ing to be im­pressed.”

The small cast of 25 stu­dents has also grown close, as twelfth grade stu­dent David Helmer, who is play­ing the ti­tle role of Snoopy, de­scribes: “These are my friends that I’ve grown up with in the mu­sic depart­ment.”

The stu­dents also en­joy work­ing with their di­rec­tor, Scott Didy­oung, an English teacher at the high school. “His vi­sions are great,” says eleventh grade stu­dent Tay­lor Kuszyk, who plays the role of Sally. “He makes magic.”

Ac­cord­ing to Didy­oung, it’s all about the stu­dents. “They’re amaz­ing, stu­pen­dous, they’re the light of my morn­ing.”

When asked to de­scribe the show, cast mem­bers said it was en­ter­tain­ing, grand, care­free, and very fam­ily-friendly.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Right to left: Hai­ley Stevens, David Helmer, Mary Fet­ter­man, Tay­lor Kuszyk, Scott Didy­oung, Tri­cia Tadley, Gabby Snyder and Me­gan Droege

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Right to left: David Helmer, Mary Fet­ter­man, Hai­ley Stevens and Tri­cia Tadley

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