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Art Dog

Adapted for the stage by John Olive
Composed by Susan Ennis
Based on the book by Thacher Hurd

December 4 – 23, 2015


SLAC welcomes its youngest audiences to ART DOG adapted for the stage by John Olive, composed by Susan Ennis, and based on the book by Thacher Hurd. By day, Arthur Dog is a mild-mannered museum guard; by night, he is Art Dog – a mysterious artist who makes the city his canvas. However, when Leonardo Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa goes missing from the Dogopolis Museum of Art, Art Dog is a prime suspect.

Regular Tickets: $25/adults, $15/children
Subscriber Tickets: $22/adults, $12/children (must call box office for subscriber rate)
Discounts for groups of 10 or more.

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Creative Team

PENELOPE CAYWOOD (Director) returns to direct her fifth children’s production at SLAC. Penny started acting at the age of five. Her first role was the Shy Princess in THE KING AND I, she still has the costume to prove it. Her career started early, but her talents were not limited to the stage. She traveled across the country with a youth singing group—The LaMarca American Variety Singers. She sang on children’s records, attended math school in Japan, took jazz and tap, played the flute and participated in speech contests. When she was 19, Penny was involved in the creation of a youth theatre company in Palos Verdes, CA called Curtains Up! Locally Penny is best known for her work with the University of Utah’s Youth Theatre where she has been the director for the past seven years. She has directed every U Youth Theatre production and is responsible for educational and outreach programming too. Penny has directed at Rogers Memorial Theatre and SLAC.

KEVIN MATHIE (Composer/Arranger, Musical Director, Additional Lyrics, Keyboards) is pleased to be back at SLAC after working on his 11th year with SATURDAY’S VOYEUR. His recent directing and conducting credits include the U.S. Premier of Monty Python’s new show NOT THE MESSIAH, ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE, FOREVER PLAID, and INTO THE WOODS, only to name a few. As a composer for theatre, Kevin has produced complete original vocal scores for SHEAR LUCK (book/lyrics by Brenda Cowley), RUMPELSTILTSKIN (book/lyrics by Dana Keiter), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (book/lyrics by Dana Keiter), and Intermountain Health Care’s LIVE WELL (co-written with Eric Jensen and Robin Wilks-Dunn) that tours schools throughout Utah. He has also written incidental scores for Salt Lake Acting Company’s TWO- HEADED and VOICES IN THE DARK, The Grand Theatre’s MISS EVERS’ BOYS, and OUR TOWN, and Weber State University’s DANSE MACABRE. Kevin also writes for film/tv, including arranging and musically directing a special comedy song for the Showtime special Larry Wilmore’s “Race, Religion, and Sex in Utah.” Kevin was recently awarded “Best Musical Score” for his work on the short film “Enthusiasm” at the 2014 Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project. Kevin is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

JOHN OLIVE (Adaptation) is a widely-produced and award-winning playwright. Plays include Minnesota Moon, Standing On My Knees, The Voice Of The Prairie, God Fire, Singapore, Evelyn & The Polka King, Killers, and many others. Producing theaters include Manhattan Theatre Club, Old Globe, Steppenwolf, ACT/Seattle, South Coast, the Guthrie, Wisdom Bridge, Oregon Shakespeare, and many others. He has won fellowships from the Bush and McKnight Foundations, from the National Endowment For The Arts. His A Summer Moon won a Kennedy Center Award for Drama when it was produced at A Contemporary Theater. Lately, he has written extensively in the area of theater for young audiences: Seattle Children’s, the Arden, People’s Light, First Stage Milwaukee, Oregon Children’s, many others. Plays include Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Pharaoh Serket And The Lost Stone Of Fire, Jason & The Golden Fleece, The Magic Bicycle, etc. Presently he is working on an adaptation of Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s The Sisters Eight. He’s written fiction (Deep River, Smartass, An Actor Prepares); screenplays (Amblin’, ShadowCatcher, Disney); theater reviews www.HowWasTheShow.com); as well as Tell Me A Story In The Dark.

SUSAN ENNIS (Music) is a nationally-recognized songwriter, best known for her work with the platinum selling Seattle rock band Heart. She has also written award-winning jingles, children’s songs, music for puppet theatre, and songs to accompany everything from fireworks to fundraisers.

S. GLENN BROWN (Set Design) wears many hats; he has a BA in Art from Westminster College, and an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Utah. His other talents include, puppetry, playwriting, animation, drawing, painting, set design, and Asian theatre. Additionally Glenn is a Bunraku puppeteer, having trained and taught in Japan with the Tonda Bunraku Troupe, of which he is still a member. He is happy to be working with Salt Lake Acting Company again after a successful run of "Blackberry Winter" where he was the shadow puppet designer and master puppeteer.

LINDA L. BROWN (Costume Design) holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Utah. She has worked around the world as a director, animator, performer, puppeteer, and designer. Linda has worked with classical, and contemporary works, as well as new play development for kids. She is happy to be working with Salt Lake Acting Company again
after a successful run of "Blackberry Winter" where she was a shadow puppet designer and puppeteer.

SPENCER BROWN (Light­ Design) first worked with Salt Lake Acting Company's production of "Standing On My Knees" in 1985. Spencer left Salt Lake after graduating with a BFA in production design from the University of Utah to attend graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned an MFA in lighting design. Spencer worked in New York as a lighting designer for the Trisha Brown Dance Company for ten years. With the company, he designed in 28 different countries around the world. Spencer has also worked on several Off-Broadway shows, in­cluding several shows with the famed Baryshnikov. Spencer is working at Westminster College as technical director and teaching classes in Stage Craft, Stage Management and Lighting Design. He continues to design for several of the Theatres in the Salt Lake Area. Spencer has designed the sets for The Classic Greek festival for the past 5 years. Spencer is excited to be working again with Salt Lake Acting Company.

SHEA MADSON (Sound Designer) is so excited to be back designing at SLAC! She is a graduate from the University of Utah’s Performance Art Design Program. Some of her recent design credits are TRIBES (SLAC), ANIMAL FARM (U of U), SATURDAY'S VOYUER 2015 (SLAC), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Salt Lake Shakespeare), RAPTURE BLISTER BURN, I'LL EAT YOU LAST (SLAC) and BLUE STOCKINGS (U of U). She has also worked on SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2014 and SWEET CHARITY (Pioneer Theater). She would like to thank all of her family and friends for their love and support!

MEGAN NOYCE ATTERMAN (Education Consultant) graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Puget Sound. Since then, she has worked with Lexington Children's Theatre, University of Utah Youth Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Utah Children's Theatre and (of course!) Salt Lake Acting Company. Megan last got to play with SLAC as the dramaturg for THE FERMI PARADOX. She works for Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks and will graduate with her Master of Arts in Community Leadership from Westminster College this Spring. Megan is passionate about the diversifying potential of asset-based arts education. Does that sound interesting to you, too? We should chat.

DANIELLE QUINTANA (Assistant Stage Manager) is a native Utahan and recent college graduate of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota, where she earned her BA in Theatre and Communication. Dani currently works as a member of Communication and Audience Services in the Box Office at SLAC. Outside of work, she loves singing, writing, being an auntie to 8 awesome nieces and nephews, and being involved in the arts (of course!) She hopes to someday have a career in Non-profit Theater Arts Management and is super excited for this opportunity to be the Assistant Stage Manager and Light-Board OP of ART DOG!

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