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Theatre Students Present Broadway Musicals
Theatre Students Present Broadway Musicals
Posted on 04/23/2021
There was a special kind of happiness on the Rams' stage, as theatre students held their dress rehearsal.Featured Photos: T.C. Roberson High School presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" this spring, 2021. 

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

On April 23, two Broadway musicals are hitting high school stages in Buncombe County. A.C. Reynolds High School presents "Little Shop of Horrors" and T.C. Roberson High School performs "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Roberson presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."There was a special kind of happiness on the T.C. Roberson High School stage Tuesday, as theatre students held their dress rehearsal of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The popular Charles M. Schultz Broadway musical is always full of laughs, inspired by Lucy's 5-cent psychiatry booth, mischievous baseball games, and Snoopy's unending comic relief. But it was something else.

Theatre arts instructor Mr. Ryan Ledwig said it was about being on stage together again.

"It's been an incredibly difficult year, obviously, and theaters across the world have shut down," he said. "It means a lot to all of us to continue on and have hope in our program."

Wearing clear protective face coverings that allowed them to sing, the actors belted out their lines and lyrics while the technical crew practiced changes to the set and lighting.

Roberson presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.""I truly am so passionate about the arts," said Roberson senior Harrison Best, who plays Snoopy. "When COVID hit, the biggest thing for all of us was, 'Are we going to be able to perform?' It's just such a blessing to be able to do this."

Roberson chose the Charlie Brown musical, in part, because the small cast and length of the production helped minimize COVID-19 risk. But Ledwig explained that the production also has themes particularly relevant to this unusual season of life, when people may be feeling a measure of anxiety and uncertainty - just like Charlie Brown.

"There's a message at the heart of it," Ledwid said. "The last song 'Happiness' is about finding happiness wherever you happen to find it. It almost makes me tear up every time. The idea is to find happiness in the small stuff."

At Roberson, the curtain opens for a live video stream at 7:30 p.m. and another performance will take place on April 24. Reynolds' prerecorded "Little Shop of Horrors" performance is available online for 24 hours. Next month, Enka High will perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" May 6-8.

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View ticketing information for Spring Musicals in Buncombe County Schools. View the full Roberson photo gallery on Facebook.

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