Date:   11/17/2012

Harry The Dirty Dog comes to life on stage at Thrasher

Harry The Dirty Dog, written by Gene Zion and with distinctive illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, 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, with its fun-filled plot and inspiring message, to the stage of the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, November 17 at 3 p.m. afternoon matinee.

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?

Mark and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since. ArtsPower has grown into one of America's premier producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its 27 professional touring productions have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states -- from Alaska to Florida -- in hundreds of the country's top cultural centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York.

"Harry's appeal is remarkably broad," says ArtsPower executive producer Gary Blackman.  "The story is very playful and lighthearted, but parents know it's more than just silliness.  Harry makes some very interesting points about inner and outer identity, asking kids to think about which is more important."

Please consider bringing a donation for the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter. Those who do will automatically be entered into a raffle for a door prize and receive a big warm thank you from a very special furry guest. 

Suggested food donations include Purina Kitten Chow, Science Diet, or any brand of equal or better quality to Science Diet. For housekeeping: Clorox Clean Up, Windex, toilet bowl cleaner, disinfecting wipes (with or without bleach), and cat litter (any brand). For playtime: tennis balls, or dog and cat toys of any kind. The Shelter also accepts used items such as collars, harnesses, leashes, towels and blankets (but no sheets, comforters, sleeping bags, electric blankets, or pillows) and washable toys and beds. In addition, they are always in need of plastic crates or metal kennels of any size, and in good condition, especially small-sized cat carriers.

Tickets for this heartwarming entertainment are only $10 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at 


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