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Texas State premieres new ‘The World According to Snoopy’ musical

(L-R) Ryne Nardecchia stars as Snoopy, Ty Taylor as Linus Van Pelt and Grayson Samuels as Charlie Brown in 'The World According to Snoopy.' (Photo by Sara Mitschke)
(L-R) Ryne Nardecchia stars as Snoopy, Ty Taylor as Linus Van Pelt and Grayson Samuels as Charlie Brown in 'The World According to Snoopy.' (Photo by Sara Mitschke)

By Jack McClellan
Office of Media Relations
February 2, 2017

The Department of Theatre and Dance will host the world premiere of The World According to Snoopy February 14-19 at Texas State University.

All showings will be at the Performing Arts Center on campus. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. February 14-18, with 2 p.m. matinees February 18 and 19.

Featuring the characters from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, The World According to Snoopy is a reimagining of the off-Broadway and London productions of Snoopy!!! The Musical.  The play will feature a revised book along with a new song, with music and lyrics by award-winning composer and lyricist Larry Grossman and Andrew Lippa, respectively.

Texas State students comprise the bulk of the cast and production staff.

The World According to Snoopy was first produced in a workshop presentation by the Department of Theatre and Dance in the spring of 2015, as part of the Harrison/Bowman New Works Commission. Kaitlin Hopkins, head of the musical theatre program, directed that production. 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, Grossman and choreographer Adam Cates all contributed to the revised book.

Following the world premiere at Texas State, the play will be performed at the Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) in Houston June 7-18.

“This is a wonderfully exciting collaboration for TUTS,” said Sheldon Epps, TUTS artistic advisor. “Developing new material for the cannon of the American musical theatre, nurturing new artists and working with well-respected training programs is both a privilege and a great opportunity for any major theatre company.”

This production of The World According to Snoopy is made possible through special arrangement with the Actor’s Equity Association and Tams-Witmark Music Library.

For tickets and more information, visit the Department of Theatre and Dance website, www.txstatepresents.com, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at (512) 245-2147.

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