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ArtsPower' Good-Humored Musical Comes to TPAC

Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008


WYE MILLS – Written by Gene Zion and with distinctive illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, Harry the Dirty Dog has captivated young people since 1956 with the misadventures of its lovable -- if somewhat dingy -- canine hero. Acclaimed producer ArtsPower National Touring Theatre is bringing this classic book to the stage. The Theatre for Young People Series is presenting this original production on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

Harry has a white coat, black spots, and a very loving family. He is, generally speaking, one of the happiest little dogs around. There aren´t many things Harry doesn´t like...but baths are certainly on the list! So when the time comes for his wash, Harry´s only option is to bury his scrub brush and run away from home. He passes a marvelous day getting as messy as possible: he plays in dirt, in coal, in all the grimiest and most wonderful places imaginable. Exhausted, he comes back home at last -- only to discover that his family doesn´t recognize him! His efforts have turned him from a white dog with black spots into a black dog with white spots. Now what is Harry to do? Why didn´t he think before how important his family was to him? And how can he show them who he really is?

Harry the Dirty Dog was adapted for the stage by ArtsPower´s artistic director Greg Gunning, who also wrote the lyrics and directed the production. Composer and Richard DeRosa created the original Broadway-style score.

Mark and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since. ArtsPower has grown into one of America´s premiere producers of professional Equity theatre for young and family audiences, the second-largest such company in the nation.

Tickets for the 55-minute performance are $8. For more information, please call 410-827-5867.


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