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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Vol. 2, No. 8

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Trinity's First Musical

James Robinson as Snoopy. ~ Photo by Airen Alves
James Robinson as Snoopy. ~ Photo by Airen Alves

The music and speech and drama departments worked together to present TBC's first musical, performing the Broadway show “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, from April 25 through April 27.

TBC seniors Brandon Hochstetler, Joshua Hochstetler, and James Robinson held lead roles in the production, alongside music professors Jacob and Maylynn Leporacci and junior Rebecca Spaulding.

Selling out on the night of April 26, the musical was well received in the community. Andrew Cammack, sophomore, said that he “wanted to see it a second time.” Freshman Jacob Culp said, “It was great to see everyone from Trinity work together to put together such an awesome performance.”

Knowing this experience would likely be their last performance together, Hochstetler, Hochstetler, and Robinson threw themselves into their respective roles of Charlie Brown, Linus, and Snoopy. Robinson, playing the indomitable Snoopy, said, “It was a lot of hard work, but it was so worth it.”

This production was also Joshua Hochstetler's first musical. "Being in a musical has taught me a lot about dedication, responsibility, getting out of my comfort shell, and taking on a challenge," Hochstetler said. "I never thought that I would be a part of a musical, but it has greatly improved my confidence as a person.”

The show was director Bethany Crawford's first musical, though she has directed over 40 other productions.

Everyone who was part of the play had to put in weeks and weeks of preparation, full of rehearsals and prop-prep days. Even Maylynn Lepporacci, who is no stranger to musicals, added that “it was a lot of hard and dedicated work.”

Whether you give hopeful words of farewell or bittersweet remarks of your college friendship with these performers, be sure to applaud them all on their awesome job with the play.

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