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SNOOPY - The MUSICAL Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz Book by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw & Michael L. Grace: Music by Larry Grossman: Lyrics by Hal Hackaday :Originally produced by Arthur Whitelaw, Michael L. Grace & Susan Bloom. Originally Directed by Arthur Whitelaw Lamb's Theatre Off-Broadway - 20 December, 1982 (152 perfs) Atop his kennel, Snoopy surveys the skies, scene of his triumph as a First World War flying ace. Modestly he considers his genius. Stoically he accepts that his brilliance in nearly every field of endeavour will forever go unremarked by humankind. He can but uphold his own high standards. ("I refuse to chase a stick that hasn't been properly sanded and polished") and his own immutable philosophy ("In the book of the life the answers are not in the back"). This charming show features a real person as Snoopy (unless you can get a beagle to learn the routines), and five other members as his human friends with one non-speaking dancer as Woodstock. But if you wish you can add massed choirs to sing the songs and the local formation dance team to help Woodstock! STORY The show is a series of self-contained vignettes. Act I As the curtain rises, each character enters and finds Snoopy atop his doghouse, and they all describe “The World According to Snoopy”. Later, Lucy and Charlie Brown have a brief discussion of why he has chosen Snoopy for a pet (“Snoopy’s Song”), which almost leads to Lucy getting Charlie Brown to buy a new pet. Snoopy, hoping to please his owner, decides to try to follow Charlie Brown’s directions better. Meanwhile, Woodstock begins his day (“Woodstock’s Theme”), but to his dismay, he seems to have fallen in love with a worm. Peppermint Patty has similar problems with love, wishing that she could be prettier to impress Charlie Brown (“Hurry Up, Face”). In school, the group hopes that the teacher will not call on them to answer a question about the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe. The girls are having trouble, while the boys are confident (“Edgar Allan Poe”). Linus says everything correct, with Charlie Brown saying the opposite. On Mother’s Day, Snoopy reflects on how much he misses his lost mother (“Mother’s Day”). Meanwhile, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and Lucy have a happy discussion on what they’ve learned in their lives (“I Know Now”). On Halloween, Linus, along with a reluctant Snoopy, awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch (“The Vigil”). To his dismay, the great pumpkin never arrives, like every year. The next morning, the group looks up at the sky where they imagine no clouds, but instead Mount Rushmore, dragons and twenty milk-white horses (“Clouds”), but when asked what he sees, Charlie Brown can only sadly say, “A horsie and a duckie.” Snoopy enters as the Easter Beagle to hand out bright Easter eggs to everyone, except Charlie Brown. A dejected Charlie Brown, musing on the new independence of his pet, is left alone (“Where Did That Little Dog Go?”). Similar events progress, and Lucy, Peppermint Patty, and Sally try to sell Snoopy for less than a dime (“Dime a Dozen”), though Snoopy is quick to realize that he must mend his ways and wishes that he could start over (“Daisy Hill”). Life soon goes back to normal, and the gang seems to have forgotten those events. They are however, beginning to think, as Lucy says, that they live “in the most boring place in the whole stupid world!”, all of