It’s a musical movie

THE COAL CITY Theatre Department will present its middle school musical "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" this weekend. The 22 students selected to comprise the Peanuts gang were divided into two casts—yellow and blue. Both groups spent an entire day filming scenes for the shows that will be presented this weekend. Over 1,200 video clips and audio recordings were captured of the two casts and have been edited into a musical movie. The pre-recorded show will be available for in-home viewing Nov. 20-22.

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STAFF REPORT

Creativity is not lost on the Coal City Theatre Department.
At a time when theaters remain dark, producers and directors are forced to come up with new ways to share the performing arts with audiences and that’s happening with socially distanced outdoor shows, virtual performances and pre-recorded content.
To ensure the show goes on for theatre students at Coal City Middle School, producer/director Jack Micetich came up with a plan that takes the annual fall production from stage to screen.
In the past few weeks, students have been learning their lines, recording vocals and filming scenes for the upcoming productions of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”
The Broadway musical is based on the popular Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz and will feature vignettes and production numbers featuring some of the comics favorite characters including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the lovable Snoopy.
The 22 students selected to comprise the Peanuts gang were divided into two casts—yellow and blue. Both groups spent an entire day filming scenes for the shows that will be presented this weekend—Nov. 20-22.
Over 1,200 video clips and audio recordings were captured of the two casts and have been edited into a musical movie.
Unlike past productions that have found audience members filling the seats inside the Coal City Performing Arts Center, show patrons can watch the production from the comforts of their home by purchasing an access code at bit.ly/CCTDTickets for the show or shows of their choice set to air at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22.
The student performers had just a handful of rehearsals prior to filming.
“They all did an wonderful job, I am incredibly proud of what these students were able to accomplish in such a short time, and under unique circumstances,” Micetich said.
The yellow cast is let by eighth grader Mason Natyshok as Charlie Brown and seventh grader Dane Noffsigner has the role in the blue cast.
Rounding out the yellow cast is Bella Byers, Sally; Katie Huston, Lucy; Olivia Sage, Peppermint Patty; Logan Hausman, Linus; Bobby Stoudt, Snoopy; Dakota Clubb, Woodstock; Kyah Hawkins, Marcie, and Bella Bartholomew and Bridget Feeney comprising the ensemble.
Fellow blue cast members are Melody Kinder, Sally; Kylee Kennell, Lucy; Brody D’Orazio, Snoopy; Eliana Chernesky, Peppermint Patty; Theo Fritz, Linus; Caroline Childers, Woodstock; D’Arcy Ness, Marcie, and ensemble members Stana Milinkovic and Riley Walker.
Jordon Olson takes his place at the piano as Schroeder in both casts, and Alex Carlson is the productions one and only Pig Pen.