Genre: Comedy, Kids
Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Directed by Bruce Merrill, Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Manhattan Children's Theatre is pleased to announce its first production of 2009: "Harry the Dirty Dog", based on the book by Gene Zion and adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott. Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Bruce Merrill directs.

Harry just HATES taking a bath. He hates it so much that one day he decides to never take a bath again and he runs away from home. He is so thrilled with his newfound freedom and the many friends he meets along the way that he doesn't realize what a mess he's made of himself. He's so dirty that his family doesn't even recognize him! Kids of all ages will relate to Harry and his brave adventures in this adaptation of Gene Zion's classic children's book.

Featured in the weekend cast are: Kevin Fitzpatrick (Narrator); Kristen Fleming (Girl); Matthew Minor (Boy); Nicole Rhatigan (Harry).

Featured in the weekday cast are: John Dillon (Boy); Caitlin Gold (Narrator); Jennifer Olen (Girl); Tamar Pelzig (Harry).

The Design Team and Crew include: Andrea Steiner (Scenic/Props Design), Anjeanette Stokes (Lighting Design), Jen Raskopf (Costume Design), Terra Vetter (Stage Management), Chelsee Venis (Stage Management). John D. Ivy (Sound Design & Technical Direction), Christie Love Santiago (Production Associate), Danielle Cogan (General Manager).

"Harry the Dirty Dog" is the third show of Manhattan Children's Theatre's 2008-2009 Season which also includes: If You Give a Pig a Party and Stanley's Adventures – A Manhattan Children's Theatre World Premiere! Since opening its doors in 2002, Manhattan Children's Theatre is proud to have served over 125,000 children, families, schools and other non-profit youth organizations within our community through our mission of providing affordable, high-quality theatrical entertainment for young audiences.

This production is suitable for all ages.

About the Company: Manhattan Children's Theatre

Manhattan Children's Theatre is committed to producing affordable, high quality theatrical experiences for both children and families. It exists to ensure that the community has access to important works of Classic Literature and timely, poignant New Work, ultimately providing a live theatrical experience that encourages reading, critical thinking, curiosity of the world today and the world of tomorrow, as well as communication between children, their families and their educators.

MCT performances are made possible in part by the Manhattan Community Arts Fund/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The New York Mercantile Exchange Foundation, The JPMorgan Chase Regrant Fund, a project of A.R.T./New York, The Peter J. Sharp Foundation and by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, with support from the September 11th Fund and The Trump Soho partnership.

Open:   01/10/09
Close:   02/22/09

Performances run January 10th through February 22nd
Saturdays & Sundays: 12(noon) and 2:00 pm

*Special President's Week performances*
February 16th at 12(noon) and 2pm
February 17th & 18th at 11am

Theater:   Manhattan Children's Theatre
Address:   52 White Street
New York, NY 10013
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Cost:$20 - Children & Adults
$50 - Priority seating (First row seat, signed program and meet-and-greet with actors)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: TheaterMania at 212-352-3101
Company: Manhattan Children's Theatre         Official Web Site: www.mctny.org