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Wig & Buckle Theater Company Presents Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead"
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Lebanon Valley College's Wig and Buckle Theater Company will present "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," a black comedy that re-imagines characters from the popular comic strip "Peanuts" as angst-filled teenagers.

Described as an unauthorized commentary, "Dog Sees God" is a stark contrast to its source material. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relations, and identity are among the issues covered in a story that combines comic book comedy with real world drama.

"I completely fell in love with the concept of using something well-known and beloved like 'Peanuts' to tell a story with contemporary issues," said director and Palmyra native Rosemary Bucher '14. "The audience's familiarity with the characters comes back to haunt them-the show really uses nostalgia to manipulate emotions."

The production features a small cast of just eight student performers. Bucher describes this as both a blessing and a curse. "Having such a small cast limits the amount of talent we can feature. We had to turn away so many amazing actors. But we're accomplishing a level of chemistry and intimacy that I think would be impossible with a bigger cast. The cast is very dedicated to telling a story, not just cracking raunchy jokes."

Bucher also praised the production's off-stage talent. "It's given us such a great opportunity for creative collaboration. Students from the art department are helping with the set, and it's had absolutely stunning results. We're going for a very stylized visual experience. Everything is very colorful and graphic, from the sets to the props and costumes."

Of the show's adult content, Bucher said, "The characters are vulgar and horrible to each other, but they talk the way real teenagers talk. The words they're saying are offensive, but their misunderstanding of culture and failure to express maturity plays into the overall message that this show aims to get across. The show is a parody, but it's rooted in reality. The situations that the characters encounter are social issues that are very relevant in today's society. This is a trendy show right now for a variety of reasons, but mostly because this story and the humor and drama used to tell it hit home for many people. It's our goal to tell this story with as much depth as we can. This isn't just a high school drama-it's a story of love, loss, and identity."

Evening performances are Friday and Sunday, April 19 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. All shows are in Leedy Theater of the Mund College Center. Tickets are free to LVC students; $15 for adults; $10 for non-LVC students, alumni, and faculty; $5 for children 10 and under; and $5 for seniors 60 and over.

Wig and Buckle was founded in 1935 and is student directed and entirely student-run. The theater company will soon announce its 2013–14 season and directors. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.wigandbuckle.com, call 717-867-6162, or email wigandbuckle@lvc.edu.


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