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SHOW GUIDE: Go, Dog. Go!

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It’s almost time for our next production, Go, Dog. Go!,
a play with music, based on the classic 1961 beginning reader book by P.D. Eastman.

We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming performance. Before you go to the show, you might want to take a few moments
to review this “Know Before You Go” Guide so everyone will know what
to expect from the performance!

The Story You Will See

Go, Dog. Go! is about a community of clever canines who live and work and play and discover in their very active world of moving and doing! P.D. Eastman’s emphasis on the potential and power of the word Go!, audiences follow the activities of a multitude of mobile dogs as they participate in numerous activities. After an introduction with the other dogs, the MC Dog travels to work. The dogs eat lunch, dance, and take a break to play some baseball. These dogs are always on the GO! After a long day of events, the dogs relax a bit by the lake before taking a long night’s rest- of course, stopping for a few activities first. The next day is full of even more fun as the dogs visit a carnival, dance some more, and drive their zooming cars to… Wait! Where are they off to? All these dogs are driving somewhere! Now, where could they be going…?

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Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
  • While most of the dogs work together, travel together, and party together, sometimes they may occasionally do things that aren’t very kind and supportive. You may want to talk about moments when the characters on stage were being kind and caring and times when they were not.

  • The dogs in Go, Dog. Go! rarely behave like dogs, even to the point of using dangerous tools and equipment on a construction site as they go to work. While the dogs are having fun and no accidents occur, you may still want to discuss with your child what rules there are about using grown-up tools at your house. Always ask an adult if you need help!

  • This production includes lots of brightly colored dogs, climbing up brightly colored trees, and driving brightly colored cars, always on the move. While working on construction sites, singing songs, and partying in trees, these dogs may also get loud! You may want to prepare sensitive young theater-goers for noise and activity that might be a bit overwhelming at times.
The Characters You Will Meet

    • MC DOG — This fellow leads audiences through the activities of all the dogs as they explore in, out, up, and down!

    • DOGS — These canines are our storytellers, interacting with one another as they work, run, drive, sleep, and party with all their friends!

      • RED DOG — A dog with a simple goal: to get the job done and go, go, go!

      • YELLOW DOG An exceptionally friendly dog who likes to keep others in mind.

      • GREEN DOG With some of the most creative ideas, this dog slyly ponders and is great at problem solving!

      • BLUE DOG — A dog with attention to detail; she cares a lot about her friends and loves to spend time with them.

    • HATTIE — A pink dog who dresses in a multitude of different hats, and every time we see her she’s wearing a different one! She is a wonderful dancer, as she waltzes with the MC Dog throughout the story.

    From Story to Stage

      • The author of “Go, Dog. Go!”, P.D. Eastman, worked at Walt Disney Productions during the late ‘30s and early ‘40s and worked with Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) while enlisted in the Army. After working at the United Productions of America, he wrote and illustrated well-known children’s books such as Go, Dog. Go!, Are You My Mother?, The Alphabet Book, and What Time Is It?

      • Allison Gregory, a playwright, specializes in adapting well-known children’s stories for the stage. Her work was seen on our Rose Theater stage last season in Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt.

      • Steven Dietz is a playwright whose original works (including plays for young audiences like Still Life With Iris) have been produced in regional theaters across the country.

      • Michael Koerner is a composer and director that specializes in theatre for young audiences, having directed or composed productions such as Go, Dog. Go!, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Circus.

      Theater Location
      The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.

      From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.

      Convenient Parking
      The closest and most convenient parking is available for $2 in the garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102). Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays. A variety of parking lots are available around the theater, as well, ranging in cost from $2-$5.

      While at The Rose
      Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!
      A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

      Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!
      Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.

      Take Home a Souvenir!
      The Rose Guild presents a souvenir stand before and after each performance offering a variety of fun and inexpensive show-related mementos. The proceeds help to support the great education programs at The Rose Theater!

      The Rose Theater
      2001 Farnam Street
      Omaha, Nebraska 68102
      Wait, There’s More!

      Grab a Theater Class Brochure!

      If you like what you saw on the stage and think you’d like to be a part of it, try taking a theater class here at The Rose Theater. We offer a wide range of arts classes for every interest and experience level.


      Please visit our website to read director’s notes and view production photos.

      Box Office Assistance

      The Rose Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at (402) 345-4849. Information and ticketing is also available online at

      Weather Cancellations
      The Rose rarely cancels public performances. If severe weather requires a show to be cancelled, a notice will be placed on our website and on social media, and we will notify local media outlets. For weather-related inquiries, please contact the Box Office at (402) 345-4849. Should a show be cancelled, a recorded message will be left at this number.

      The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States

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