Seven stars shine for Snoopy show
Seven Whangarei children are bringing a musical tale of Snoopy to life with the Whangarei Theatre Company’s show, which is now singing its way into the heart of theatre fans.
The show, Snoopy The Musical, which runs until April 21, is a comedy and based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz.
Staged in a series of small scenes, it explores the characters and their relationships.
Ian Page of the Whangarei Theatre Company says the seven lead characters are all under the age of 18 and hail from across the district.
“The cartoons are actually quite profound at times, but with their message displayed in simple humour. The show portrays a series of vignettes (mini-stories) from the cartoon strips,” he says.
“The audiences have enjoyed the show and have been delighted by how well the cast are portraying the characters and remembering their lines.”
Snoopy the beagle is being played by 13-year-old Charlotte Ngakuru-Smith, while Charlie Brown, the earnest pessimist who doesn’t seem to be able to do anything right, is being played by Kaiser Jacoby (10).
The show also features the talents of young Haydon Fraser (9) who plays Linus, and Emer Lea (Sally Brown), Lucy Muffay (Lucy), Aimee Whitehead (Peppermint–Patty) and Juliet Benson as Woodstock.
Ian says it’s vital that Northlanders come out and support community theatre, to ensure that local theatre continues in the region.
The show, at Whangarei’s Riverbank Centre, is directed by Margie Matthews, with musical director Sean Scanlen, vocal coach Emma Couper, choreographer Tamason Thorley and production manager Eilean Rawson.
Tickets are available at Storytime at Reyburn House Lane, or online at www.whangareitheatrecompany.org.nz.
By Christine Allen