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Arden Theatre Company presents Go, Dog. Go!
Adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz, Based on the book by P.D. Eastman, Music by Michael Koerner, Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
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March 25, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company presents the musical Go, Dog. Go!, onstage April 16 through June 1 as part of Arden Children's Theatre. Inspired by the beloved children's book Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman, the Arden's production is a joyous celebration of movement, color and space as six energetic dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacular for audiences to feast upon.

The 75-minute musical is appropriate for kids four and up, and the Arden created this piece with kids up to the age of 11 in mind. "With its gentle humor and familiar situations, Go, Dog. Go! would make a fitting introduction to theatre for young patrons and has enough wit to satisfy older children and parents," according to The Columbus Dispatch.

This musical adaptation by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory aims to "celebrate and explore the existing words and pictures... in the same way that a child – and parent – can read through Mr. Eastman's book night after night and find something new and remarkable with every turn of the page."

Go, Dog. Go! is a veritable canine cabaret; a pop-up book that comes to life filled with acrobatics, music and physical comedy. These dogs – played by six agile actors – celebrate the many joys and challenges of life and friendship. The show takes the spirit of the book and brings it to life with a joyful and genuine intention that both children and adults will appreciate. The beauty of this story is that it provides an opportunity for adults to reconnect to the magic of childlike wonder and children to enjoy a story that celebrates youthful exuberance – and youthful frustrations – in a completely relatable manner.

Starring as M.C. Dog is actor Doug Hara who starred as Gryff, the half-dragon, half-man in the Arden's holiday production of Sleeping Beauty and the Mad Hatter in last season's Lookingglass Alice. The action of the play is accompanied by piano music, performed live at every show by musical director David Ames, whose past work at the Arden includes serving as assistant music director for last season's smash hit Caroline, or Change.

Matt Pfeiffer, a Barrymore Award-nominated director and actor, directs the production and commented, "The work for children that the Arden produces is consistently the best work in the city. Their dedication and passion for children's theatre is unsurpassed, and I am honored to be a part of it. I hope the audience will leave the show feeling that the world is a place filled with unlimited possibility and fun. All you have to do is open yourself up to it and let your impulse and imagination reign supreme."

"I love doing children's theatre," said Arden's Producing Artist Director Terrence J. Nolen, "and I'm thrilled that this is our tenth season of offering children's programming." Nolen continued, "As a father of two young boys, I watch my kids learn and grow. Live theatre fills kids with a love of language, compassion, and expression. And everyone loves to get swept away by a story! We put the same amount of time, money and energy into our children's productions that we put into our adult productions. We respect kids and know that they deserve high-quality art and well-told stories. I hope if you haven't tried Arden Children's Theatre, you'll give it a try."

Every performance includes a post-show question and answer session with the cast and all kids receive a free commemorative show poster and are invited to meet the cast in the lobby after each performance.

Arden Children's Theatre is Philadelphia's first resident professional children's theatre program, and was named Best Theater for Kids in Philadelphia magazine's 2007 Best of Philly Awards. Many older children and adults find they enjoy Arden Children's Theatre as much as they enjoy the mainstage productions and have called the Arden "a great place to take kids... the shows are beautifully staged, well acted and exciting to watch. It is an extremely good value for high quality theatrical performance."

With support from Verizon, the Arden will provide free books to students through Reading Takes Center Stage, the companion literary initiative to Arden For All, Arden Theatre Company's theatre access program for underserved populations.

The Arden is fully wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122. An ASL performance is scheduled for May 18 at 3pm.

Arden Theatre Company also offers Kids Crew, a wide array of classes and day camps for elementary school aged children. The Arden also announces Arden Drama School, brand new classes and summer camp for middle school and high school students.

Go, Dog. Go! begins previews on Wednesday, April 16; opening night is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 7pm; and the show then runs through Sunday, June 1. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit us online at www.ardentheatre.org, or stop by the box office. Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City Philadelphia.

There are no live animals in this production.

WHAT:
Go, Dog. Go!
Adapted by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz
Adapted from the book, "Go, Dog. Go!" by P.D. Eastman
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Music by Michael Koerner
On the Arcadia Stage
Recommended for families with children ages 4 and older

SPECIAL THANKS:
The Honorary Producer of this show is Holly Kinser and her daughter Lena
The Arden's 20th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by PNC Bank

SUMMARY:
It's a musical world of doggy fun. Big dogs, little dogs, red dogs, blue dogs, black dogs and white dogs. Dogs all over the place! Playing, working, resting. Dogs up in trees. It's a canine extravaganza for the whole family as the audience follows six zany dogs through two marvelous, memorable days. Kids ages four and up will love the Arden's fast paced, fun musical based on P.D. Eastman's much loved book featuring a post-show question and answer session with the cast after every performance.

RUNNING TIME:
75 minutes with no intermission

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
Arcadia Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia

WHEN:
April 16 June 1, 2008
Opening night: 7pm Saturday, April 19
Reviewing members of the press are invited to bring the children in their lives to opening night. Please RSVP by contacting Janine Zappone at jzappone@ardentheatre.org.

TICKETS:
Ticket are $14-$16 for children (12 and under)
$18-$22 for teens (13-17)
$26-$30 for adults depending on the performances chosen.
Target 2 for 1 Family Series, a ticket discount program generously sponsored by Target, offers two tickets for the price of one during selected performance, subject to availability. Limit 8 tickets per transaction, date and details available online.
Group discounts available for 20+
Tickets may be purchased by calling 215.922.1122 or online at www.ardentheatre.org.

CAST:

  • Yellow Dog: Chris Faith
    Resident of Perkasie, PA
    Appeared at Arden Theatre Company in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
  • M.C. Dog: Doug Hara
    Resident of Lambertville, NJ
    Appeared on Broadway in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses
    Appeared at Arden Theatre Company in Sleeping Beauty, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Lookingglass Alice
  • Red Dog: Andrew Kane
    Resident of Roxborough, PA
    BA Acting and Directing from DeSales University
    Appeared at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Othello and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Hattie / Spotted Dog: Genevieve Perrier
    Resident of Philadelphia, PA
    Appeared in Screwtape Letters and The Vagina Monologues
  • Green Dog: Elyse McKay Taylor
    Resident of Brooklyn, NY
    Appeared at Arden Theatre Company in Caroline, or Change
  • Blue Dog: Julianna Zinkel
    Resident of Philadelphia, PA
    Appeared at Arden Theatre Company in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Crime and Punishment, and As You Like It
ARTISTIC STAFF:
Director: Matt Pfeiffer (Resident of South Philadelphia, PA)
Music Director: David Ames (Resident of Philadelphia, PA)
Set Designer: Brian Sidney Bembridge (Resident of Chicago, IL)
Lighting Designer: James Leitner (Resident of Wyndmoore, PA)
Costume Designer: Lisa Zinni (Resident of New York City, NY)
Stage Manager: Stephanie Cook (Resident of Philadelphia, PA)
Choreographer: Samantha Bellomo (Resident of South Philadelphia, PA)

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