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November 9, 2015


“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” performed at Cowley


fall musicalThe Cowley College Visual & Performing Arts Department gave four show stopping performances of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, November 5-7 in the Robert Brown Theatre.


The fall musical was directed by John Sefel and had musical direction from Marcia Wieland. Milan Anich II handled the set and lighting design.


“I was proud of the work of Marcia and Milan in their first show as part of the team at Cowley,” Sefel said.


Cowley sophomore Semaj Smith made his on-stage debut as Charlie Brown, while freshman Michael Rodriguez made his theatre debut as Snoopy. Several other freshmen made their theatre debuts at Cowley a memorable one for themselves and the audience.


“It was a delight to see so many folks of all ages come and enjoy the show,” Sefel said.


The evening performances had a special musical preshow featuring Cowley College jazz musicians and vocalist Monica Morris, while Thursday’s performance was tied in with the Cowley College Foundation dinner.


“Over the last few years it has been a great experience to partner with the Theatre program and Cowley College Foundation dinner,” vice president for institutional advancement Ben Schears said. “This gives our donors a chance to see firsthand some of the students they are supporting.”


The Cowley College Visual & Performing Arts Department will now begin preparing for spring productions of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, March 3-5, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, April 21-23.



  • Charlie Brown – Semaj Smith
  • Snoopy – Michael Rodriguez
  • Sally Brown – Paige Lundin
  • Linus Van Pelt – Addam Porter
  • Lucy Van Pelt – Molly McCune
  • Schroeder – Jon Claybaugh
  • Little Red-Headed Girl – Courtney Andrews
  • Frieda – Jessica Burk
  • Franklin – Payton Latney
  • Pig Pen – Aaron Hein
  • Peppermint Patty – Monet Watson
  • Marcie – Whitney Ossola
  • Puppeteer – Jonathan Lane
  • Puppeteer – Anna Aspinwall
  • Blanket – Courtney Wallace
  • The Woodstock Wockettes – Hannah Coryea, Kayla Hawkins, Riley Paye, Hannah Short, and Courtney Wallace.

Production Team:

  • Director – John Sefel
  • Musical Director – Marcia Wieland
  • Choreographer/Musical Staging – Cara Kem
  • Technical Director/Scenic & Lighting Design – Milan Anich II
  • Assistant Director – Alex Lisenbee
  • Rehearsal Accompanist – Bill Beardon
  • Dance Captain – Courtney Wallace
  • Stage Manager – Kat Pierce
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Steven Lu
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Paige Vandergrift
  • Assistant Stage Manager/Lead Grip - Jonathan Lane
  • Costume Design – Zak Gabriel
  • Assistant Costume – Hannah Coryea, Mary Prochaska
  • Red Barron Animation – Zachary Lind
  • Make-up – Morgan Brown
  • Hair – Monica Morris
  • Sound Design – Kristin James
  • Lighting Technician - Sabrina Masters
  • Projector Technician – Caroline Fulbright
  • Sound Assistant Technician – Hunter Hawkins
  • Costume Shop Manager – Mary Prochaska
  • House Manager – Alex Lisenbee
  • Props Master – Tim Hardman
  • Dramaturg – Elizabeth Vishnefske
  • Spotlights – Briana Baxley, Victoria Vanstienberg
  • Scenic/Electric/Costume Crews – Theatre Practicum Students
  • Poster Art – Kris Ripley
  • Actor Headshots – Hannah Winterhalter, Kat Pierce

In the Pit:

  • Conductor – Marcia Wieland
  • Piano – Bill Beardon
  • Bass – Lee Velasquez
  • Percussion – Jeff Wood


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