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. Harry the Dirty Dog will bring smiles to the faces of audiences everywhere with its fun-filled plot and inspiring message. 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 orchestrator Richard DeRosa created the original Broadway-style score.
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