Olympia Family Theater Presents : Go, Dog. Go!



The opening of Olympia Family Theater’s seventh season, With Imagination Anything is Possible, starts with the adaptation of the classic picture book, Go, Dog. Go! Playwrights Steven Deitz, Allison Gregory and composer Michael Koerner transformed P.D. Eastman’s popular children’s story in to a comic romp with music and hilarity for the whole family. Go, Dog. Go! opens Friday night, October 12, 2012 at 7pm, and runs through Sunday, October 28, 2012. Performances take place at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater. Directed by Artistic Director Jen Ryle.

Six colorful dogs bustle, frolic, and dance across the stage as they move through their days. Whether working, picnicking or preparing for bed, their playful antics will engage the youngest theater-goers while delighting older ones, as well.

Featuring the acting/singing/dancing talents of OFT veterans Terri Charles, Kate Ayers, Heather Christopher, and Harrison Fry, joined by newcomers Evan Hirsch and Ashlen Hodge. Musically directed and accompanied by Stephanie Claire, with Rich Sikorski and Scuff Acuff providing underscoring throughout.

A veteran actor and director, Kate Ayers was most recently seen in OFT productions as The Old Lady in Goodnight Moon, and in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Terri Charles has performed in numerous OFT productions, including Alexander and the…, A Year with Frog and Toad and Rapunzel. Their comic timing and accomplished physicality make this duo an animal odd couple of epic proportions. Heather Christopher has been seen in numerous Olympia productions, including several for OFT:  Animal Farm, A Christmas Story, and Alexander and the…Harrison Fry grew up engaged in many Capital Playhouse productions, and has also been in many OFT shows, including Alexander and the…, A Year with Frog and Toad.

Director Jen Ryle is co-founder of Olympia family Theater, and has directed numerous plays for OFT, including: The Phantom Tollbooth, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Rapunzel.

OFT would like to express its appreciation for its Season Sponsors: Visionseed Publishing, MIXX 96, and Ch2o.

Olympia Family Theater, in its 7th season has produced over twenty-five plays for family audiences, and is highly regarded as a provider of quality entertainment for children. In addition to producing performances for thousands of people each year, OFT provides camps and workshops for children of all ages.

What: An imaginative musical adaptation of the picture book. Full of physical humor, simple language, and colorful characters and sets. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater. 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

When: Opens Friday, October 12, running through Sunday, October 28.

Performances Thursday and Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, with additional 4:30 matinees on Saturday, October 20 and 27.

Tickets: Children, 12 and under – $9, Students/Seniors/Military $12, Adults $16 (Plus $3 WA Center Service Fee). Available online at www.olytix.org, by phone at (360) 753-8586, or at the WA Center Box Office. Discounts available for season tickets, and groups of 10 or more. Discounts only available by phone, or in person at the box office.

Thrifty Thursday (Pay What you Can) performance on Thursday, October 18.

Info: Blue Dog, Yellow Dog, Red Dog, Spotted Dog, M.C. Dog, and Hattie dance, scoot, drive, work, sleep, play, and party together, bringing to life a book that has been delighting children for 50 years.

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