Tonganoxie High School presenting ‘Charlie Brown’ musical
Moviegoers might be set on seeing “The Peanuts Movie” in theaters, but Tonganoxie High School will be offering a live version of the popular cartoon gang.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be staged through Sunday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.
Several students will be playing the roles of popular “Peanuts” characters.
Main characters were double cast, with members not playing title roles being in the chorus swing.
Emma DeMaranville and Gabby Crocket will play Lucy Van Pelt, while Stephen Arguijo and Jacob Brents are Linus Van Pelt.
Hunter York and Zach Berry will be Charlie Brown and Grace Woods and Molly Monahan will take on the role of Sally Brown.
Playing the part of Schroeder are Josh Lingo and Calvin Fletcher. Sammy Sigourney and Braden Shryock are Snoopy.
There are two acts to the musical and a 10-minute intermission in between.
The theater department will perform various numbers, including “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “The Doctor is In,” “The Baseball Game” and “Glee Club Rehearsal.”
The musical opened Thursday and is being staged at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday. A Sunday matinee will start at 2 p.m.
Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults at the performing arts center on the Tonganoxie High School east campus area.
The production follows up a play THS presented earlier this fall. Students staged “Twelve Angry Jurors” on the THS stage.
Debate places at meets
The Tonganoxie High School debate team traveled to two events during the weekend.
THS placed third in team sweepstakes behind Topeka High and event winner Washburn Rural on a meet Saturday that Shawnee Heights hosted in Tecumseh. Individually, THS novice debaters led the way with two teams reaching elimination/out rounds. Freshmen Jasmine Sejnoha and Sofia Romero compiled a 4-1 preliminary record and a third seed in quarterfinals. Freshmen Emmett Keene and Harrison York also compiled a 4-1 record and a fifth seed in quarters. Both teams dropped in quarters and earned fourth-place medals. The remainder of the sweepstakes team included seniors Spencer Finkbiner and Dawson Jones, sophomores Gage Smith, Jackson Willis and Bowan Jones and freshmen Aaron Grant, Miriah Vestal and Veronika Sudac.
At Osage City, the team competed with juniors Mike Mast and Scott Kirk, sophomores Sierra Staatz, Erin Colacicco, Ethan Sandburg, Philip Rutherford, Joseph Caiharr and Sammy Sigourney all compiling 3-2 records for the tournament. Others competing for the squad included juniors Alana Canales and Austin Ballard, freshmen Shawna Kirk and Julianna Ballard.
The team travels this weekend to Louisburg and Jefferson West.