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Sheldon said he was somewhat of a natural fit for the part. "I have a round head, and I'm a bigger actor," he said.

Unlike Charlie Brown, though, Sheldon has a niche. "I kind of just have been the funny guy all the time," he said.

That led him to give acting a try, and today he is a student in Russell Sage College's Male Actor Apprentice Program. He's the oldest cast member in the show, with everyone else still in high school.

"It's been a lot of fun," he said. "They're very funny kids."

Despite the actors' youth, it's a very accomplished group, Whiteman said.

"This cast " it's just incredible," he said. "They are superstars."

That's a credit to time they're willing to spend learning their lines and parts, as well as their experience, he said.

"They've performed with every group in the Capital District," he said.

For Franklin, a senior at the Academy of the Holy Names, those appearances usually come with other members of her family. Franklin and her siblings and parents have performed in more than 30 local productions together.

It's a little strange to be the only Franklin appearing in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," she said.

"It's very difficult to not be able to come home and talk to them," she said.

But like Sheldon, she's had a lot of fun with her castmates. In fact, of the six leads, she knew all of them before rehearsals started, so she's still among familiar faces.

One of her fellow actors, Michael Whitney, who plays Snoopy, is Franklin's classmate at NYSTI, where both are serving as interns. The experience exposes them to several facets of the theater. Franklin, for instance, has worked in the costume shop and helped create study guides for some NYSTI shows.

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