Theater provides creative outlet for kids
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | July 25. 2014 9:13PM
Ranging in age from 9 to 18, members of the Windham Actors Guild’s new youth program will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” next month. (Courtesy)
Next month, the Windham Actors Guild’s youth group will perform their first-ever production, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
“Up until now, we really didn’t have anything for younger actors,” said Colleen Strang, the show’s director. “So we wanted to offer something to serve as a learning experience while keeping it low-key.”
“We ended up with a fantastic group of kids,” Strang said. “Some of them are here because they simply love the theater, but others are here to boost their confidence and speaking skills.”
Rehearsals take place three days a week and over the past month, the two local educators have witnessed much talent in the making.
Windham resident Sam Cohen, 14, stars as Charlie Brown.
“It’s definitely an interesting character to play,” he said of his experiences playing the famous cartoon underdog. “You have to put yourself in a place where you’re kind of shy all the time. I’ve gotten to know Charlie pretty well.”
Sally is played by Pepperell, Mass., resident Julie Sampson. Wilmington resident Nicole Tetreault has the role of Lucy and is joined by Jim Lawrenson, also of Wilmington, as Schroeder. They are joined by Hampstead resident Emily Fitzgerald as Peppermint Patty. Also cast in the youth ensemble are Salem residents Ashley and Madison Gee.
“Sometimes it’s a challenge to sing in a higher voice,” he laughed.
Ducharme, 14, said he can personally relate to the character of Linus, who never ventures far without his blue security blanket.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be performed at Windham High School on Aug. 8, 9 and 10.
For information or to reserve tickets visit www.windhamactorsguild.com or call 247-8634.