Ames High Drama takes an excursion into breaking racial barriers, with Hackbarthâs âA Charlie Brown Christmas.â Deemed âOperation: Shermy-Franklin,â by director-in-chief Zack Hackbarth, the play features Kris Stow, also known as Ezquimeux, as a conglomerated role of Shermy, and Franklin. âItâs quite possibly the most successful and ingenious attempt at bringing racial unity to the world yet attempted in history,â Hackbarth said. Hackbarthâs inspiration, he says, came from P.E. âI had been thinking of starting up a holiday theme play for a while that would be an annual fundrasier, but didnât know what to pick. Then, during a magical 7th period of Physical Education, the charming Mrs. Kautzsky, offered us the chance to do the Charlie Brown dance, instead of another lap around the track, and bam. Charlie Brown Christmas. Time to get CRAZAAAAAYYY.â Hackbarth himself is an interesting figure. Discarding the fame and glorying being the star actor, and choosing to take the behind the scenes, enigmatic role of the director, ( Le Directeur , if you want to be French) Hackbarth has chosen to strengthen his relations with his cast, by giving someone else a chance to shine. This isnât his main reasons for deciding to direct. Hackbarthâs sudden desire to direct was sparked mostly in part, he says, âbecause Alex Canfield directed his madrigal play, and I canât stand being inferior to that man. I had to one up him.â Like previously stated, Hackbarthâs relationship with his cast appears to be great. Other than the famed role of Shermy-Franklin, Hackbarth has given the main role of Charlie Brown to Sean Hanlin. âHe [Sean] got the role, and the chance to make a name for himself, solely based on the fact that heâs basically Charlie Brown. He looks and acts just like him.â Hackbarth said. And regarding the rest of the actors, He states that, âI have have high hopes for most my cast. The exception being whoeverâs Linus. And Sally…. sheâs very lazy, never showing up to rehearsals. But itâs okay. Iâll have to deal with what Iâve got.â Despite hindrances due to unforeseen circumstances, The Charlie Brown Christmas is well on its way to the December 17th performance date.