The girls and I went to see “Snoopy!!! The Musical” at San Diego Junior Theatre, and we loved it!
The production features the major characters of the famous comic strip and television specials — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and of course, Snoopy and his pal Woodstock. “Snoopy!!! The Musical” is the sequel to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” where the gang sings, dances and philosophizes in a whole new series of comic vignettes and musical performances.
What did we like about it? The singing was phenomenal, and the set was beautiful. It was as though the characters were coming off the comic strip page and onto the stage. From time to time, some of the dialogue was delivered the way the comics are written, so that is hard to follow, if you don’t know what a comic is (especially in the time of iPads and computers). The girls’ favorite character was Lucy, and they proceeded to act “bossy” the rest of the day.
- Show your child (or children) some of the Peanuts comic strips before you go, so they can see the characters and learn more about the vignette style.
- If this is the first time your child is going to the theatre, consider visiting the San Diego Junior Theatre website and download the social story. You can print it out and show your child about what to expect and how to behave in the theatre.
- Park your car at Inspiration Point (the Old Naval Hospital parking lot) and take the free shuttle into the park. Shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes and drop you off at Plaza de Panama, which is just a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Casa del Prado theatre (depending on how quickly your kids’ little legs go).
- Snacks are welcome inside the theatre.
- Arrive early and be sure to pick up a booster seat if your little one needs one.
- At the end of the show, the performers come out to greet the audience and pose for photos!
On Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m. the company will perform a sensory-friendly performance to create a safe experience that is more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues, including a pre-show visit to San Diego Junior Theatre to familiarize patrons with the theatre. For this performance only, slight adjustments will be made including fewer loud noises and flashing lights. There will be an ASL-interpreted performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 as well.
Here’s a preview of the production. Check it out!
Learn more about the San Diego Junior Theatre production of “Snoopy!!! The Musical” and purchase your tickets here.