“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Musical Closes Their Curtain


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The cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” stands on the stage together.

By Logan Yarnell

Francis Howell North’s drama club has been working for the past two months to produce their yearly musical, and they just finished their final show on Nov. 20. This year, Drama Club performed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schulz and John Gordon. This particular show was originally set to go on back in early 2020, but the show was pushed back to this year due to COVID-19 

“I know for a fact that it would have been a great show,” Senior choir student and actor Piper Stutsman said. “That cast was so perfect.”

In the original cast, alumni Jerry Thomas was supposed to play the lead role of Charlie Brown. But due to him graduating, a new Charlie had to be chosen. For this year’s musical, Drama teacher Kim Sulzner chose Stutsman to play the role of Charlie Brown, but some were confused about why a female actress was chosen for a male lead role.

“She had all of the elements,” Sulzner said. “She had the right vocal range, she had the acting skill, she moves freely when dancing and she gets along with everybody.”

Stutman has been acting for six years and has done a total of eleven shows. Four of those years were at FHN, while the other two were at Hollenbeck Middle. She hopes that others can share her passion for acting and might even join the Drama club here at North.

“Drama is a place for everyone,” Stutsman said. “And everyone has a place in drama.”

 The musical was performed on Nov. 18, 19 and 20. The actors and crew say the show went better than expected and was hard to put on but ended up working out. Stutsman along with other students in the drama department worked together to put this show on in a very short period of time and are excited about how their hard work paid off in the end.

“Everything went better than I ever could have imagined,” junior Ian Pierce said.