A sequel to the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, “Snoopy” is a musical recreation of the famed Peanuts cartoon, focusing heavily on Snoopy. Presented by Children’s Theatre Group of Southern California at The Eclectic Company Theatre, the play opened March 2, 2012 to a full house.
The small theatre stage, set by Michael Harris (lighting by John Dickey) includes a large Snoopy doghouse with ample space for each actor to perform. Costume Designer Tricia Berry does a magnificent job detailing each wardrobe, providing relative ease of recognition of the characters regardless of one’s familiarity with the original comic strip. The delightful performance brought a mist to the eyes of theatre patrons including family members, instructors, friends and invited press.
Lyrics are by Hal Hackady and Music by Larry Grossman; Musical Director Scott Harlan accompanied Kay Cole’s direction and choreography (Disney’s Santa Clause 3).
Each character is portrayed by veterans of the theatre arts, with great on-stage presence and command of their lines. In the troupe of 10 - 13 year olds, Lucy Gilbert plays the role of Peppermint Patty, Addison Bouquet is Sally, Jack O’Dea is Charlie Brown and Mikaela Zelinger, Woodstock.
The seven cast members demonstrate mastery in the art of performance beyond their young years. Lead actor Major Curda performs for the first time with CTGSC; his previous accreditations including Broadway’s “The Little Mermaid (Flounder)” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, Reading).” There is no hesitation in saying that Major Curda is one to watch in the future as he commanded the stage; tapping, singing, and acting his way to brilliance in the musical rendition of beloved “Snoopy.”
Complimentary wine, cheese and cookies were provided at the opening, along with peanuts – a cute play on the Charles Schulz title – in the foyer.
The play runs every Friday and Saturday night from March 2 through March 25, 2012; tickets are $15. For reservations, please call 818.508.3003.
Produced by Sherry Lynn and Robert Briscoe Evans.