By MIKE CHAIKEN
You’ve seen her on TV. And now you can see her on the Connecticut stage.
Peppa Pig stars in “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash,” which comes to The Palace Theater in Waterbury Friday night.
Lib Campbell plays Peppa Pig in this musical production.
“I love her after working with her nearly a year,” said Lib of the title character.
“She’s so cheerful, so inquisitive. She has a really good mind. She asks questions all the time. And she says what she thinks,” said Lib.
Since taking on the role of Peppa, Lib has become a fan of the TV show in which the stage musical is based because of the show’s authenticity. She enjoys the color palette of the drawings in the cartoon and she enjoys the style of animation. She also enjoys the relationships between the characters. Finally, she said, she likes “Peppa Pig” because it is really funny.
Turning the TV show into a stage show has been a “really interesting” transition, said Lib. To help bring the story to life and to stay true to the feel of the show, rather than wearing costumes, the actors use life-size puppets to tell the story.
As for the music, the children and parents will recognize some of the songs from theTV show, said Lib. For instance, one of the children’s favorites, “The Bing Bong Song,” from the show. And the rest of the new and original music is easy to sing– with arrangements that are really big, said Lib. “Kids go nuts,” said Lib.
The live show also appeals to children because it’s interactive, said Lib. As soon as the curtain opens, the character of Daisy comes out and begins talking to the children, keeping them engaged throughout the night.
As much as the children enjoy the show, Lib said the adults that come with them enjoy “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash” as well.
“They’ve seen the TV show,” said Lib. “They all know Mummy and Daddy Pig so well. Adults identify with them…. Fathers cheer loudest for Daddy Pig.”
For Lib, her favorite part of the stage show is the finale when all the characters step on stage and bring all the songs together. At that point, she said, the audience knows the songs and sings along.
Also, Lib likes that moment when she steps out on stage for the first time as Peppa. “That’s special,” said Lib, because the kids “know her and they love her.”
“She’s their champion,” said Lib.
“Peppa Pig’s Big Spash” comes to the Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury on Friday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $24.50 to $40. A limited number of VIP packages with a meet and greet are available for $123.
For tickets, go to PalaceThaterCT.org or call (203) 346-2000. For more information about the show, go to PeppaPigLiveUs.com