"I remember Snoopy! The Musical as being so sweet, fun and upbeat," she said. "I worked backstage and formed part of the band, falling for the sweet nature of the show. A year later, I took on the role of Sally Brown in a revue performance – it was a great production to be involved in and has always held a certain spot in my heart.
"Peanuts has been part of my family for as long as I care to remember. At home, my mum had the Peanuts Jubilee book that I indulged in throughout my childhood. Snoopy was a favourite in my family then and still is now.
"I have that very book by my side throughout the rehearsal process and have often referred to it, especially when designing sets and props. It has a familiar old book smell and is a great piece of helpful nostalgia."
"I wanted to produce a show at Limelight Theatre that would be suitable and appealing to children, predominantly because I have very young children of my own and love how music and dancing engages their minds," Jen said.
"Another reason was a passion to bring more young people to the theatre – Snoopy! The Musical is a great introduction because it's a quick-moving show with lots of short, colourful scenes. With a shorter running time than most musicals our production has lots of appeal and will have a lot of exciting, kid-friendly extras going on, too."
Jacob Anderson plays the five-year-old Charlie Brown, who seldom understands why life is the way it is. "He is, more often than not, the butt of the joke," he said. "All Charlie wants is his friends to believe in him.
"Acting the role has been very difficult for me because Charlie is such a non-emotive character in the comic and TV show and I can't get away with that on stage. I find myself toeing a fine line between the character and the necessity of dramatisation that theatre demands.
"I've always been a fan of the Peanuts gang and really identify with Charlie Brown as a character. He and I have a lot in common. I also like the fact this particular show is aimed at a younger audience, compared to others at the theatre, which is a nice change."
[I]Snoopy! The Musical plays at 7.30pm June 12, 19, 26 and 27; 3pm June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 and 11am June 20.. Tickets are $20, $15 children and concession – book on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday, or at www.limelighttheatre.com.
Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.