It's all fun and games when the live version of "Go, Dog. Go!" comes to the Harris Center. Courtesy photo

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Dogs that snorkel, howl at the moon, sing, dance, drive

We all grew up with “Go, Dog. Go!” The Harris Center brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s beloved children’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party, live on stage.

Childsplay presents this beloved preschool favorite with a cast that has gone straight to the dogs — with cars, hats, a moonlit boat ride and even a wild game of ball — as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings.

“Go, Dog. Go!” is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking and, of course, six lovable dogs.  Most enjoyable for young people age three and older, the producing company fully intends to stay true to the original work. As the playwrights for the national tour of “Go, Dog. Go!”

Allison Gregory and Steven Dietznote note, “P.D. Eastman’s timeless work honors the joyous simplicity of the world around us. Therefore in crafting a stage version of ‘Go, Dog. Go!,’ it is not our intention to ‘fill out’ or ‘open up’ the story in the style of many traditional adaptations. We have, in fact, added virtually no words of our own. ‘Expanding’ the book in this way would, we believe, rob it of its essential wondrous and loopy anarchy. Instead, we hope to celebrate and explore the existing words and pictures.”

Founded in 1977, Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theater company whose chosen audience is children. At Childsplay the belief that young people deserve to experience challenging, thought-provoking theatre of the highest artistic quality is center to the company’s mission.

“Our respect for children’s intelligence and creativity drives us to produce new and innovative works by theatre’s finest artists … In the past 36 years, we have educated and inspired more than four million young people and families. We have grown to serve an average annual audience of 200,000 students, teachers and families,” reads the Childsplay artistic statement.

“Go, Dog. Go!” will wag its tail live in the Harris Center  at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Children’s tickets are $11.50 to $14; adults $15-18. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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