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Saturday, August 1, 2015


(Graeme Wicks as Linus; Bryan Hiles as Charlie Brown and Caitlin Kilburn as Peppermint Patty with Steven Stead as Snoopy and Evashnee Pillay as Woodstock)

Durban’s KickstArt Productions is gearing up for their third production of the year: the utterly delightful mini-musical-comedy, Snoopy: The Musical, based on the much-loved, ever-popular Peanuts comic strips which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from August 7 until 23 2015.

With Direction by Steven Stead and Charon Williams-Ros, Musical Direction by Justin Southey, and Design by Greg King, Snoopy features all the familiar cartoon characters. Carol Trench makes a welcome return to Durban to play the headstrong and outspoken Lucy; Bryan Hiles is the cartoon’s protagonist, the melancholic, thoughtful and misunderstood Charlie Brown; Steven Stead plays the title role of Charlie Brown’s eccentric pet dog, Snoopy; Caitlin Kilburn is the upbeat tomboy Peppermint Patty; Graeme Wicks is Lucy’s brother, the insecure Linus, Katy Moore is the effervescent, ditzy Sally Brown and Evashnee Pillay is Snoopy's silent sidekick, assistant and bosom buddy, the small scrappy yellow bird, Woodstock

Snoopy is funny, heartwarming family entertainment that will appeal to adults just as much (if not even more!) than to children,” considers director Steven Stead. “Snoopy is episodic, a unique musical in which each scene, each song is almost a little cartoon script in itself, linked by a series of vignettes. At first glance, it is charming and cute but on reflection it is simultaneously both cute and cruel, profound and existential, hilariously witty, beautifully written and very, very clever. Charles M Schultz endeavours to sail the boat directly towards the funny, but consistently touches on the poignant too!”

Audiences don’t have to dig too deep to realize that Snoopy is a story of the human condition; about a group of friends experiencing emotions, predicaments and situations familiar to us all. They are trying to make sense of the concept of “time”, all the while resenting the present and longing for a time that was good. Amidst their glow of youth, they are trying to forge relationships and leave their mark on the world in the best way they know how: with amusing or moving results. The message is: We shouldn’t judge people too easily…we’re all in this together. And we all face the same dilemmas. It’s our solutions to life’s challenges that make us different. ..

The score of Snoopy is a real treat – from hauntingly beautiful ballads; catchy choruses and lively refrains. One of the catchy songs has featured in the finale of every KickstArt panto: Don’t Be Anything Less That Everything You Can Be will be very well known to KickstArt panto regulars!

Snoopy: The Musical is a musical comedy by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady; with a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael Grace. It is the sequel to You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and has had runs off Broadway, on the West End and is regularly staged internationally.

Snoopy runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from August 7 until 23 with shows from Tuesday to Saturdays at 19h00 with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 13h30. Tickets range from R200 to R130 (R180 to R110 for children under 12 and pensioners) Age restriction is PG6. Not recommended for children under six years old. Tickets can be booked at Computicket ( or 0861 915 8000). For sold performances, group bookings, or early bird special offers (buy eight tickets and get two free), contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: or 083 250 2690.

Also catch a snippet of the show in rehearsal on