Apr 10, 2014

Holyoke Catholic's ‘Charlie Brown’ musical sends anti-bullying message




Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu

SPRINGFIELD – Catholic schools in the Springfield Diocese send another strong anti-bullying message through the Holyoke Catholic High School (HCHS) spring production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

The musical will be presented this weekend at Commonwealth Academy in Springfield.

Senior Caroline Mc Hugh plays the role of Snoopy.

“I think the main message of the show is that it's important to find happiness among your friends,” McHugh told iobserve. “Charlie Brown is really struggling to become happy and to have fun with all of his friends throughout the show.”

Eva Stockhamer, director of performing arts at HCHS, said, “The musical was written in the 60s. It’s based on the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon, so they are small vignettes. There is almost no thread that connects them except for the children themselves.

“So, it’s nice, because if you didn’t care for this one, wait a second, and there’s another one,” Stockhamer said. “I’ve wanted to do ‘Charlie Brown’ for a long time, (I was) just waiting for the right cast. A small cast is wonderful because you have a lot of time to work with them.”

Sophomore Brett St. Onge plays Linus. “I feel like a younger audience really will enjoy, almost like a cartoon, that is brought to life in a way,” he said.

"You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," with musical direction by Todd Rovelli, will be performed at Commonweath Academy, on the former MacDuffy School campus in downtown Springfield at One Ames Hill Rd., April 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm.

For tickets call 413-777-4701 or email [email protected]