Benjamin Hawn said he watched the Mercy High School actors on stage last year, when he was in the orchestra pit for the school's production of "Sound of Music."
It looked like they were having such a good time, it occurred to Hawn that he, too, might enjoy acting.
So, he gave it a shot. And now this self-described "kind of awkward" actor is leading Mercy's fall production, playing the title role in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
And he was right about the fun.
"When I was in the pit, I saw everyone was having so much fun, and I wanted to give it a try," said Hawn, now a senior at Redford Union High School. "Everyone tells me I'm perfect for (Charlie Brown). Everyone here is so nice, and so great. It's been a blast."