'The World According to Snoopy' premieres at Texas State University

Left to Right: Woodstock (Nick Eibler), Lucy (Maggie Bera), Charlie Brown (Grayson Samuels), Snoopy (Ryne Nardecchia), Sally (Raegan Roberts), Linus (Ty Taylor) and Peppermint Patty (Adria Swan) perform "When Do the Good Things Start?" during Texas State University Department of Theater and Dance's production of "The World According to Snoopy" at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theater. 

An ode to a classic

Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with Harrison/Bowman New Works Commission, is proud to bring "The World According to Snoopy," a revised version of the classic musical "Snoopy!!!" to the stage in February 2017.

Following the world premiere at Texas State University on Feb. 14-19 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, "The World According to Snoopy" will make its regional premiere at Theatre Under The Stars (Zilkha Hall) in Houston, June 7-18. This is a unique collaboration and joint production with Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. The premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of "You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown."

"The World According to Snoopy" is a brand-new re-imagining of the off-Broadway and London productions of the musical "Snoopy!!!" (Music and lyrics by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady, with book by Charles M Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace). 

Above, Snoopy (Ryne Nardecchia) sings "Daisy Hill" about his life on the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm during Texas State University Department of Theater and Dance's production of "The World According to Snoopy" at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theater. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY.

This musical features Charles Shultz’s iconic Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus and Woodstock, under the guidance of the consummate showman Snoopy, as they sing and dance their way through witty philosophies about love and life as only The Peanuts gang can. In addition to a beloved score featuring songs like “Just One Person,” “Edgar Allan Poe” and “Poor Sweet Baby,” this new production introduces a new song for Sally with music by award winning composer Larry Grossman (Minnie’s Boys, Goodtime Charley) and lyrics by award winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown Broadway Revival, Big Fish). With fresh orchestrations and a revised book, audiences can expect The Peanuts characters to dance more than ever before.

Theatre Under The Stars Artistic Advisor, Sheldon Epps says, "This a wonderfully exciting collaboration for TUTS. Developing new material for the canon of the American musical theatre, nurturing new artists and working with well-respected training programs is both a privilege and great opportunity for any major theatre company. It will also bring to TUTS some highly experienced and much to be respected artists.”

"The World According to Snoopy" was first produced in a workshop presentation by the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance as part of the Harrison/Bowman New Works Commission in the spring of 2015. It was directed by the head of musical theater at Texas State University, Broadway actress Kaitlin Hopkins (Noises Off, Batboy, Bare), choreographed by Adam Cates (Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), with musical supervision by Snoopy composer, Larry Grossman. Hopkins has a familial connection to Peanuts on stage as her late father, Gene Persson, was co-producer of both the original 1967 off-Broadway production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," as well as the Tony-winning Broadway revival in 1999. Hopkins, Cates and Grossman all contributed to the revised book.

This family friendly show stars a cast of Texas State University musical theater students Ryne Nardecchia (Snoopy), Nick Eibler (Woodstock), Grayson Samuels (Charlie Brown), Maggie Bera (Lucy), Adria Swan (Peppermint Patty), Raegan Roberts (Sally) and Ty Taylor (Linus). It also covers Jacob Burns, Daniel Miller, Grace Muawad and Cristina Oeschger.

This production features the work of Michelle Ney (scenic designer), Sally E. Rath (costume designer), Ethan Jones (lighting designer), Phillip Owen (sound designer), Erin Kehr (props), Andrew McIntyre (projections), Greg Bolin (orchestrations and musical director) and Cassie Abate (associate choreographer). 

Tickets for the Texas State University production will be available for purchase at www.txstatepresents.com and for the TUTS production at www.tuts.com. 

For additional information, please contact the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance at 512-245-2147.

 

• Submitted by the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance

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