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GO, DOG. GO!

Based on the book by P.D. Eastman

Produced by Childsplay from Tempe, Arizona

 Go, Dog. Go!  brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, audience participation, 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!

Best for Grades: PreK–2nd

Audience Size: Medium to Large Venues

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Company Background

Past Tours: The Cat in the Hat, School House Rock Live, Rock the Presidents, and Tomas & the Library Lady

Since 1977, Childsplay has been committed to its mission: “To create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love, and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, those hallmarks of childhood that are the keys to the future.” 

Childsplay is a resident professional company of adult actors who teach and perform for young audiences and families. The internationally respected theatre company believes that young people deserve to experience theatre of the highest artistic quality. Childsplay has performed for more than 5 million children and adults and has grown to serve an average annual audience of 250,000 children, teachers and families. Childsplay's recent national tours include Tomás and the Library Lady in the 2007-2008 and 2013-2014 seasons, Peter and the Wolf in 2009-2010, Ferdinand the Bull in 2010-2011, Rock the Presidents in 2012 – 2013, Schoolhouse Rock Live in 2014-2015 and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat in 2015- 2016. 

In addition to Childsplay’s professional productions,  it’s educational programming has expanded dramatically in response to the needs of school partners. Over 1,500 young people attend classes each year in the Childsplay Theatre Academy and nearly 5,000 students experience drama directly in their classrooms through Childsplay’s Education Outreach programs. These programs emphasize experiential learning, language acquisition and literacy competency – essential precursors to overall academic achievement and long-term success across all subject areas. Childsplay believes that by continuing to create strikingly original theatre and connecting to young people’s learning potential, we can build a generation of creative learners, innovative thinkers and dynamic leaders.

Visit the company's website: http://www.childsplayaz.org/

 

Artistic Team

Childsplay is led by Artistic Director Dwayne Hartford
"Go, Dog. Go!" is written by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz
Adapted from the book by P.D. Eastman
With music composed by Michael Koerner

Critical Acclaim

Childsplay isn’t just one of the best theater troupes in Arizona, it also is one of the best theaters for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.

—Kerry Lengel,

Arizona Republic

As always Childsplay creates a variety of winning special effects, wild set pieces, creative costumes and a bunch of other theatrical tricks that take the young audiences on a magical journey and adventure.

—Chris Curcio,

KBAQ Theatre Critic

Childsplay is more than an entertainment experience, it is a valuable teaching tool which can enrich and enhance a student's educational experience.

—Elementary School Teacher

Childsplay is hands down the BEST children’s theatre group in the state, if not the country. The plays they choose are varied and their use of set and costumes is creative. They absolutely capture the audience. Their performances will be loved by adults and children alike.

—2nd Grade Teacher

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Gallery of Past Productions

 

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: page to stage, physical comedy, music, rhythm

  • Language Arts: prepositions/adjectives/verbs, repetition

  • Science: dogs, colors

  • Emotional/Social Development: daily routines/schedules, celebrations/parties

 

Sample Study Guides

Minimum Technical Requirements

 
  • Load In Time: 5 hours

  • Crew Needs: 6 to Load in (4 carpenters/electricians, 2 supervisors) 3 to run show. 3 to Load out.

  • Min. Stage Size:  35 feet wide by 25 feet deep by 21 feet high.  10 feet of wing space on either side of the stage (flexibility: wing space can be created with soft goods in venues with larger than 35 foot wide stages).

  • Soft goods: 3 sets of legs and boarders, 1 white cyc.

  • Sound: Sound reinforcement with ten (10) available inputs and four (4) minimum outputs

  • Lighting: Theatrical Lighting required.  Childsplay will provide plot.

  • Load out: 1 hour

 

Outreach and Workshops

Workshop Option: Explore-a-Story with Childsplay!

Children will use movement, music, and imagination to explore characters and themes of P.D. Eastman’s stories. Books will come to life in this 45-minute drama experience taught by the cast of Childsplay’s Go, Dog, Go!. This experience is for one classroom at a time and is geared towards PreK–Grade 4.

Sensory Friendly Performances

This performance is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.