Go See Go Dog. Go!

Get ready for 75 minutes of giggles at Northwest Children’s Theater’s Go Dog. Go!

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It’s difficult to choose a favorite part of Northwest Children’s Theater’s latest production, Go Dog. Go!, but let’s start with the contagious belly laughter that spanned the entire 75-minute run time. You’ll find yourself giggling along as the cheerful dogs offer up slapstick humor and clap-along music in this musical adaptation of P.D. Eastman’s beloved children’s book.

Young children especially will love this play. True to the book, it opens with the colorfully themed dogs dancing on roller skates. Favorite lines from the book are repeated throughout the play, so even little ones can follow along and predict what is coming next. Audience engagement and interaction are sprinkled throughout the performance, reaching peak excitement when kids are invited onstage to dance for the dog party. The baseball scene was a particular hit (pun intended) with my toddler, who cheered loudly as kids caught the giant ball and raced to the stage to tag the dogs out. This performance doesn’t have an intermission, but trust me you won’t need one as the time flew by. The entire cast is delightful, but lead actor and co-director John Ellingson truly steals the show. 

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The laid-back atmosphere at the Judy is such a lovely way to introduce your kids to live performance. The building feels grand and exciting without the formality of other venues. You can relax and enjoy the play along with fellow families who also occasionally spill popcorn and wiggle in their seats. You will enjoy this performance just as much as your kid. In fact, my daughter asked to go back and I’m tempted to indulge her before the show wraps on June 9.

Know before you go: Parking at The Judy is easiest in the attached parking garage. The Schnitzer Stage at the Judy is general admission seating only, so show up early if you’d like your pick of seats. Boosters are available, so every seat is a great one even for the youngest audience members. Outside food and drinks aren’t permitted, but reasonably priced (and adorably dog-themed) snacks are available at the concessions stand. Clean, gender inclusive restrooms and changing stations make it easy for families to attend. The entire staff is friendly and helpful should you need assistance.

Go Dog. Go!
The Judy Kafoury Center for Youth Arts
1000 SW Broadway, Suite T-100 (with attached parking garage!)
Saturdays-Sundays, May 18-June 9, 11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Tickets $25-$35
ASL interpretation: June 1, 2:30 p.m.
Masks Required Performance: May 25, 2:30 p.m.
Most enjoyed by ages 3 and up.
Get tickets here.

Jaclyn Armstrong
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