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Salt Lake Acting Company’s Go, Dog, Go!

December 10, 2009

Salt Lake Acting Company

“Mom and Dad, this is great! Thanks for bringing me.” A direct quote from a young child in the audience of Salt Lake Acting Company’s (SLAC) production of Go, Dog, Go! Although the quote itself is quaint, the best part was actually the timing. Maybe it was a “you had to be there” sort of moment but mid-show, probably mid-scene, this little voice, full of enthusiasm, came interrupting through the crowd from the back of the house. Instead of the usual instinct of wanting to immediately turn and shush with a death stare, her sweet excitement softened me. I felt like applauding her as she was expressing what everyone in the house was thinking. Alright so my mom and dad didn’t bring me, but still…

Her reaction was simply inevitable because this show is wildly infectious in its lighthearted fun and colorful charm. Opening with a sequence of “big dogs and little dogs” running through the theatre on foot, scooters, or roller skates, this iconic book for children is brought to life in vibrant color and movement and is unceasingly delightful through all 53 minutes of the show. The actors prove to be entertaining, energetic, and seemingly like Energizer bunnies. You know, going and going and going… The running, jumping, dancing, even jack hammering—my favorite bit; I’ve never seen anything so lifelike or funny. Bravo, Blue Dog (Deena Marie Manzanares)!

The design of the costumes and set, compliments of K.L. Alberts and Kevin Myhre, respectively, only further engages the imagination into this world where dogs sing, build houses, play baseball, and even host parties in tall trees. If Myhre was attempting to recreate the images of the book on stage, he was brilliantly successful. Hopefully, that was the idea.

It was a joy to watch each little face beam at the stage, completely enraptured with the antics of these dogs. I can’t wait to take my little nieces; this is right up their alley. And even if you don‘t have any little ones to share this with, take a friend with a short attention span, it will be perfect for him, too. I promise you both won’t stop smiling all night.

Article by Meggan Steffenson

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  1. December 30, 2009 4:53 PM

    Hey! Thanks so much for the mention! The jackhammer scene was one of my most favorite things I’ve ever gotten to do onstage! Happy you enjoyed the show!

    Deena Marie

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