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Western students to perform 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

Cary Ashby • Mar 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM

COLLINS — Ruby Ciappa is playing Woodstock in the Western Reserve High School production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” But her favorite member of the “Peanuts” gang is Snoopy.

“Even though he doesn’t really talk, he’s funny,” said Ciappa, a 16-year-old junior at Western. “There are a couple scenes where Woodstock flies in and out.”

The 20-member cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will perform the musical at 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 plus at 3 p.m. March 25. For tickets, call the high-school office at 419-668-8470.

Sophomore Caleb Fuleki plays Charlie Brown.

“He thinks he’s a loser,” Ciappa said. “He’s a good man, but doesn’t think he is.”

Fuleki’s first choice was Schroeder, being played by freshman Adam Hiles.

“As I read the lines, I felt more comfortable with Charlie Brown,” said Fuleki, the son of Jacob and Jennifer, who believes he is similar to the title character.

“(He’s) always trying to get through the day and do things right. Things go wrong and he has to live through it and get better,” he added. “He has been in love with a little redheaded girl and so have I. We’ve all had our ups and downs and that really resonates with Charlie Brown.

“What I admire about him is he sticks with situations. He’s a kind soul more than anything,” Fuleki said.

Last year, Fuleki had the lead role in “School House Rock Live!,” the teacher who is about to teach his first day of school.

“I learned to go with it and have fun. I also learned to be louder (on stage) because the mic can go out on you,” he said.

Junior Jasmine Edwards plays Sally, Charlie Brown’s sister. 

“Sally is a little bratty, sassy child. She annoys a lot of the characters. I copy a lot of the other characters,” said Edwards, who admits that sassiness comes naturally to her.

In one scene, Sally complains to her brother about a bad grade she received and contemplates the philosophy behind grading and teaching.

“I have to bring out more brattiness because nobody wants a ‘D’ on their paper,” said Edwards, the daughter of Frank and Miranda. “I’m glad I got Sally because she rocks this part.”

This is her fifth musical since seventh grade. 

“You get to be on your stage,” said Edwards, when asked what’s the most fun about performing. “It’s really OK to express yourself. Even if you’re overdoing it, you’re not.”

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