Snoopy opens tonight at Minnesota WestWORTHINGTON — Get ready to learn about “The World According to Snoopy” with the cast of “Snoopy!!! The Musical,” opening tonight at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.
By: Laura Grevas, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Get ready to learn about “The World According to Snoopy” with the cast of “Snoopy!!! The Musical,” opening tonight at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.
“Snoopy!!!” the sequel to “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” focuses on the life of the world’s most famous beagle and contains more than 15 toe-tapping tunes performed by Charlie Brown and the gang, including director — and Snoopy — favorite “The Big Bow-Wow.”
“When I read the script I fell in love with the show because of that number,” said Director Eric Parrish. “It’s very showy and it has kicks and hats and canes.”
He said he preferred “Snoopy!!!” to “You’re a Good Man” because of its variety of music styles, from country to vaudeville numbers.
“I keep referring to ... these old vaudeville stars and they have no idea who I’m talking about. But YouTube has been a great help for them to be able to go back and watch those old black and white movies and see Mae West and Groucho Marx,” he said. “I think it’s been a big educational tool for them to learn about the performing arts culture.”
The seven-member cast has been rehearsing since January and has also had to learn how to create make-believe.
“I think make-believe is a lot more difficult than drama or comedy because you have to be big enough to make the make-believe real,” Parrish said.
Student Kaia Nowatzki really had to make believe to play Snoopy, a singing male beagle.
“Snoopy is all about getting the right character, because I’m a girl and I’m playing a boy,” she said, clad in sunglasses and giant floppy dog ears. “Snoopy is just this wise dog who has his own way of thinking. You just have to get into character and stay in character.”
Andrew Alcorn, who plays Charlie Brown, said he’s been studying up on his role, too.
“I like to read the comics a little bit every day; it just gives me a better idea of what Charlie Brown is,” he said. “He’s kind of a shy, quiet guy, which I’m not. He’s pretty much the opposite of what I am.”
Still, the cast said they’ve had fun entering into the musical, cartoon world of Snoopy and friends.
“I think anyone who comes will have a great time,” Nowatzki said.
“Snoopy!!! The Musical” will be 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee in the Performing Arts Center on the Worthington campus. There is a fee for admission.