Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – See dogs riding in cars and on Ferris wheels, in boats and on roller skates, on Saturday, November 7th when Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre proudly presents its fall Theatre for Young Audiences production Go, Dog. Go! The imaginative and whimsical stage adaptation of P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s “tail” of the same name is a paw-erful musical dog party, this year incorporating bilingual components!
Thanks to partial grants from the California Arts Council, Mammoth Elementary PTO, and other donors, elementary school students from Inyo and Mono counties will enjoy free performances Monday through Friday, November 2 – 6. One public performance will be held at the Edison Theatre on Saturday, November 7, at 2 p.m. It’s an opportunity for an encore viewing by children who want to share this with their parents—and anyone who loves this story, no matter their age. And the “dogs” in the play will be available after the show to greet the audience.
“We’re excited to present this production. All of the actors have jumped into their roles like a dogwith a new bone,” stated Shaun Reitman, a graduate of Ithaca College and the National Theater Institute, who directs. “Taking a two dimensional story and making it a four dimensional show has been challenging, fun, and inspired our creativity. We look forward to entertaining and educating our audiences with this paws-itively charming and playful show.” The musical director is vocalist Cassie Burgenbach of Bodie 601 with special choreography by Sarah Lawrence.
TYA is a movement that supports presentation of plays for children, performed by adults, with themes relevant to their lives. It helps develop critical and creative thinking skills by reinforcing thoughts and opinions about the play. Shira Dubrovner, Artistic Director at Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre introduced the first local TYA production in 2008 with “Priscilla’s Perfect Day.” Last year “Aesop’s Fables” enthralled school children from Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake, Round Valley, and Bishop. This year over 1,000 elementary school students from Bishop, Lee Vining, Round Valley and Mammoth Lakes will experience the magic of theatre when they attend one of 12 weekday performances. Teachers have been provided a complimentary Resource Guide to incorporate the production into their curriculum.
Fun for the whole family, readers young and old will delight in seeing this familiar story leap to life on stage. The production features actors Tim Casey, Matt Chaconas, Jimmy Davoren, and Pricilla Toledo in addition to Burgenbach and Reitman.
To purchase tickets to MLRT’s Saturday, November 7, public performance visit www.MammothLakesReperotryTheatre.org. Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults.