Children’s literary icon comes to life on stage.
“Why are they going fast in those cars? What are they going to do?” P.D. Eastman’s questions get answered through music and movement in this thoroughly enchanting adaptation of Go, Dog. Go! for canine lovers young and old presented by Trike Theatre in the Patricia George Decio Theatre on Saturday, February 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 2 p.m. performance has American Sign Language interpretation.
If families enjoyed the 2017–2018 production of Theatreworks USA’s Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories last February, they would not want to miss Go, Dog. Go! While a study guide will be available for adults to download from the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s website before the performance, there is no prep work parents or guardians need to do except bundle up the family for a trip to the Center. The Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore will once again offer book sales in the Center’s lobby, allowing families the chance to reinforce the value of books and a love for reading in conjunction with the play.
The play adaptation stays true to the original book written by Eastman in 1961, and audience members will see the book’s funny canine story come to life on the stage with fun surprises, colorful costumes, and bouts of laughter while sharing lessons about diversity, love, and individuality. The performances are made possible by the Holzgrefe Family Performing Arts Endowment.
P.D. Eastman has entertained young readers for years with his beginning-reading classics featuring simple language and engaging illustrations. In addition to Go, Dog. Go!, his other beloved books include Are You My Mother?, Big Dog Little Dog, and Sam and the Firefly. Trike Theatre’s production has a running time of 60 minutes with no intermission and is best for ages 4 and up.
In Trike Theatre’s Theatre for Youth productions, professional artists perform for youth and family audiences. Each production is an interactive experience, encouraging audience members to look, listen, and participate with movement and sound. Theatre for Youth Productions happen in schools and community theater spaces throughout the state of Arkansas for school groups. Occasionally these productions are made available to the greater community and tour locations, such at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.