Charlie Brown and friends take the stage at BMR this weekend

Charlie Brown and friends take the stage at BMR this weekend

The Blackstone-Millville Regional High School drama club performs “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” this Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, at the high school. From left, back row, are Lilly Hetzel, Ally Piette, Savannah Sturgis, Nick Goudreau, Mazie Barr, Rebecca Gagnon and Sera Mazzone. Front row, Hayley Ethier and Chloe Forsyth as Charlie Brown. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

BLACKSTONE – America’s favorite Sunday morning comic strip will come to life this weekend at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, where the drama club performs its spring production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally and Schroeder, not to mention Snoopy, take to the stage in this lighthearted musical originally produced in 1967. Much like the comics, the story unfolds in a series of small sketches and musical numbers as the characters go about their daily adventures and discover what it takes to be a “good man.”

According to the actors and crew, the show is a fun memory trip for audience and cast alike as they portray the characters they grew up reading in newspapers and watching in television specials on Christmas and Halloween.

“It’s really fun to do, especially because we’ve kind of grown up with these characters,” said Lilly Hetzel, who plays Linus. “It brings you a sense of nostalgia when you read the script.”

Drama club director and faculty member Lisa Rounds said the students have been working on the show since January after finishing up a production of “The Odd Couple” in the fall. In recent years, the club has produced several well-known musicals, including “Grease,” “Oliver,” and “Into the Woods,” but students said this has been one of their favorites.

“I think we’ve all had more fun with this show,” said Mazie Barr.

“The music’s a lot more fun. It’s a lot more upbeat and childlike,” added Rebecca Gagnon, who plays Snoopy.

To promote the family-friendly show, the cast brought the Peanuts out into the community, offering story time in costume at the Blackstone Public Library and performing musical numbers at local elementary schools. Rounds said the club has also welcomed the participation of younger students in the show’s ensemble and that several middle school students will be assisting backstage.

“It’s a good way for us to increase our audience by doing shows that include small children and the whole BMR community, not just the high school,” she said.

The club rented sets from the Backstage Repertory Company in Bellingham, which recently produced the show, in order to cut down on the time and cost of building their own. In recent years, it has faced the difficulty of rebuilding its membership after several students graduated and currently consists of a young but dedicated group of freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The club also works on a tight budget and must raise funds to cover the cost of all its productions. Rounds said the students have put in the work and come through.

“I couldn’t ask for a better group,” she said.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will play at the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School auditorium, 175 Lincoln St. in Blackstone, this Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door.