“It’s been stressful and crazy — but rewarding at the same time,” said Pacenka.
From loudmouth Lucy’s (Kayla Pacenka) infatuation with piano-prodigy Schoeder (Cooper Slack), to the blanket-obsessed Linus (Noah Malonson) and the Linus-obsessed Sally (Julia Marcheterre), to the World War I Flying Ace, a.k.a. Snoopy (Meg Perry) these characters really haven’t changed since their inception by Schulz back in October 1950. In today’s fast paced world, the play’s focus on the wonderment and worries of childhood offers something comforting for both the young and the young at heart.
Other members of the ensemble cast include Ashley Cunha as Woodstock/ Frieda; Maire Hughes as Marcie; Anna Marcheterre as Peppermint Patty; and Justin Andrew Peavey as Pig Pen.
Bowden said they chose the play because it was an ensemble piece that gives every actor a moment to shine.
“We wanted everyone to feel they were important and were a part of this,” she said, then added with a smile, “plus it’s a fun show for the community.”
For those who grew up reading Peanuts comics or watching the Gang’s classic holiday specials — or for anyone who believes “happiness is singing together when day is through and happiness is those who sing with you” — Pentucket High School is the place to be this weekend.