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FSU Cultural Events Series to Conclude with "Snoopy - the Musical"

To conclude the 2000-2001 Cultural Events Series season, "Snoopy - the Musical" is coming to Frostburg State University as part of the 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Peanuts gang.

Their whimsically entertaining world has enchanted readers worldwide since its first appearance in the "funnies." A Mainstage Production, "Snoopy" is chock full of infectious songs and rousing dance routines to delight the entire family. The show is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre.

Written as a sequel to the Broadway musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," this comedy features music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady. After a 1975 opening in San Francisco, it won praise from Variety magazine, which commented, "This is still refreshment. Schultz is too unpretentious to be saccharine." Eventually "Snoopy" opened on Broadway in 1983.

"Snoopy" engages our emotions through wonderfully familiar vignettes as cozy as Linus' blanket. We hope that Charlie Brown will finally kick that football, we sympathize when Linus loses his blanket to the washing machine, we admire Snoopy the Flying Ace as he surveys the skies from atop his Sopwith Camel (a.k.a. his red doghouse), we eavesdrop as Lucy psychoanalyzes her friends from her office-booth and we commiserate with the gang's classroom and playground humiliations. And in the process, we vicariously relive our childhoods with this entertaining gang of five-year-olds and their furry friends.

In the words of TV critic Liz Smith, "Snoopy" is "a hotdog of a musical."

Although Peanuts' creator, Charles Schulz, passed away early last year on the eve of his farewell Sunday comic strip's publication, his legacy lives on with countless comics and a bonanza of television specials, movies, documentaries, ice shows and stage productions.

A dinner theatre special in partnership with Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant is available. The special includes a five-course meal with tax and tip included. Transportation can be arranged upon request.

For information, reservations and menu selection for the dinner-theatre, contact the Lane Center Box Office at (301) 687-4411, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the PAC box office one hour prior to curtain.

Area audiences can expect another exciting season of performances in Frostburg State University's upcoming 2001-2002 Cultural Events Series. The lineup, which will be announced soon, again features a dynamic and diverse array of performances.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589