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Snoopy! The Musical at Limelight Theatre

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Snoopy! The Musical features Lucy (Maddy Innes), Peppermint Patty (Alyssa Burton) and Sally Brown (Aleisha Archer) in the front row; Linus (Jason Wall), Woodstock (Claire Thomas) and Charlie Brown (Jacob Anderson) in the second row and Snoopy (Stacey Gay) and the Dancin' Chix (Breht Wilson, left, and Grace Elford) in the back row.

One of the world's most famous dogs is about to embark on a major stage musical at Limelight Theatre this June.

Based on the beloved Charles M. Schulz Peanuts cartoons, Snoopy! The Musical is full of toe-tapping numbers featuring the famed beagle and the rest of the gang including Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus and Peppermint Patty.

The overall theme is Snoopy's growing independence, which makes Charlie Brown feel increasingly insecure. While lying on top of his kennel, Snoopy considers his genius and has to accept his brilliance in nearly every field of endeavour will forever go unnoticed by humankind.

Written by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady, Snoopy! The Musical was first performed in 1975 and is a sequel to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the first stage production based on Peanuts.

Director Jen Edwards was inspired to direct the show after first being introduced to it while at university in London.

"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."

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Charlie Brown (Jacob Anderson), Snoopy (Stacey Gay) and Woodstock (Claire Thomas) in Snoopy! The Musical at Limelight Theatre.

Performing since she was three, Jen began at stage school and studied ballet, tap and musical theatre, appearing in hundreds of pantomimes and recitals. She studied theatre at school and at university in London before working professionally in the UK, touring in Macbeth and Accidental Death of an Anarchist and appearing in revue at The London Palladium and Her Majesty's Theatre.

Moving to WA in 2009, Jen appeared in 'Allo 'Allo at the Regal Theatre and Nunsense at Limelight Theatre, also recently appearing in its sequel. She has received numerous acting nominations and awards for her roles in Nunsense, Nunsense II: The Second Coming and Anything Goes.

"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.

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Why? It's a musical version of the famous Peanuts comic strip so there's plenty of fun to be had.
When: 7.30pm June 12, 19, 26 and 27; 3pm June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 and 11am June 20.
Phone: 0499 954 016
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo
Cost: $20, $15 children and concession
Your Comment
Looks like a great show for young and old.
I have been a great fan of Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, since childhood.
Though I do not question Snoopy's integrity and admire his innovation and imagination, I suspect some claims regarding his encounter with The Red Baron could bear closer scrutiny.
by John F (score: 2|569) 1225 days ago
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