Half of the bulbs that light the stage at the East High auditorium had to be replaced this week, and there's a cold going around among the cast of eight.
But as they say, the show - in this case, the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - must go on, and it premieres tonight at 7 p.m.
Devon Skeens plays Charlie Brown, a dejected kind of kid who, despite the play's complimentary title, is disliked by his friends, his sister and even his dog, Snoopy (Geni Beach). He longs for a "little red-headed girl" who ignores him, is constantly tricked by the cunning Lucy (Liz Skovron and Emily Sams), and he can't even get his kite to fly.
It's a feeling many can relate to, said director Ben Brown, a choir teacher at East.
"It's a universal story," he said. "Charlie Brown is the everyman at his lowest, while still having the courage to keep going."