For Spectrum’s spring musical, Charlie Brown is coming to town

Cheyenne Horner and Victor Diekman are Snooy and Charlie Brown in Spectrum's "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical." (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

The first-ever theatrical production on Spectrum High School’s new stage will be “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical” with four performances next week.

“We have a stellar cast of students,” said director Jesse Wagner,  “ranging from our powerhouse singer, senior Cheyenne Horner, who plays Snoopy, to our show-stealing, lovable, red-headed seventh-grader, Victor Diekman, playing Charlie Brown.”

He adds: “It’s a fun, fast paced show with catchy music that will have audiences in stitches from curtain to curtain.”

The cast also includes junior Emily Barta (Peppermint Patty); sophomores Emma Hendrickson (Lucy), Riley Emerson (Sally), Mary McCarty (Frieda) and Alyssa Spofford (Marcie);  freshman Ted Cullen (Schroeder); and eighth-grader Ryan Swanson (Linus).

“Snoopy was always my favorite character, so it was really cool when I got the part,” said Horner. “Every time he comes on stage people laugh.”

Horner said her main task for her is to “de-feminize … Like in, No, no, a guy bends  his knees like this!” she laughs. “Because Snoopy is a boy dog.”

Diekman knows Charlie is a kid who never seems to win. “And the funny thing is, he always tries so hard and that makes it worse!”  But he’s also a boy who loves his dog. “Oh, yes, very much so.”

Accompanist is senior Leah Gnitka, who is a PSEO student at Anoka Tech but making sure she’s at every rehearsal, which is much appreciated said the director.

Students from Wagner’s Fundamentals of Theatre Production class are handling the building of sets,  stage makeup, costume design, marketing and promotional materials.

Amy Kinney, English teacher, is assistant director, and freshman Carissa Bolles is student director.

Spectrum opened its new school building last fall, and the “gymna-torium” opened  in December.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
At Spectrum High School

Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
(full length preview, donation of non-perishable food for admission),
Friday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Saturday,  March 24, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Tickets $5 students, $7 adults
available at school office
or call 763-241-87803