Article Title

Art Dog



Excellent, Preschool, Primary, John Olive, Sue Ennis, Musical Theater, Theater For Young Audiences, Children's Theater, Dogs, Art, Paintings, Humor

Document Type

Play Review


Based on the children’s book of the same name by Thacher Hurd, Art Dog introduces children to famous paintings and artists in a fun and memorable way with a cast composed entirely of dogs. Arthur, a guard at an art museum, spends his days patrolling the rooms of the museum, which feature several famous paintings. At night though, if the moon is shining, Arthur transforms into Art Dog; decorating the walls of his city with his own imaginative paintings. After closing time at the museum one moon-bright night, two thieves break in and steal the “Mona Woofa,” replacing it with a rough new painting. When the police catch Arthur on the street with a paint brush in hand he is arrested for the crime. Once in jail his paintbrush takes on magical powers and he is able to paint himself out of the situation. When he catches the actual thieves and his paintings are discovered, he is invited to present a show at the museum. His show is a success and the next morning Arthur is back to work at the museum, his identity safe.