Although the set included the familiar bucolic trees, a blue sky sparsely spotted with clouds and a barn-red doghouse, the "Peanuts" gang was almost unrecognizable.
The Corona del Mar High School's play "Dog Sees God" depictsCharles M. Schulz' beloved characters as expletive-spouting high school students dealing with issues often untalked about: drugs, suicide, sex and sexual exploration, bullying, depression and abortion.
The play follows the high school students as they learn the serious, and potentially fatal, consequences of bullying.
The play's opening night Thursday was met with a standing ovation.
"I felt that if we did a play that was them acting as they really do when adults aren't around, it would have a bigger impact," said director Ron Martin, who put on the controversial "Rent" at CdM four years ago.