Adventures with Spot

Adapted for the stage by Rob Burgess, Linda Hartzell, and Don Darryl Rivera
Based on the Books by Eric Hill

Spot is an imaginative and enthusiastic puppy who delights in the simplest of things, from playing hide-and-seek to receiving mail. Based on Eric Hill’s popular picture books, Spot and his friends show kindness and character through their adventures. Young children will identify with Spot’s love of his family and his desire for comfort, and he just may encourage the rest of us to take a fresh look at life.

ASL Interpreted Dates:
Public - April 27 @ 2pm
Schools - April 23 @ 10:30am

Age Recommendation:
Ages 2-7 - As in the Eric Hill books, Spot is an adorable puppy with fun-loving energy, a simple storyline and accessible language for very young children, but exciting for all ages.

Curriculum Connections: Friendship, Animals, Family, Creative Play, Reading, Puppetry, Imagination, Curiosity, Exploration, Adaptation

Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes (including 15 intermission)

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In this world premiere musical, Eric Hill’s Spot the loveable puppy bounds through life. Every day activities are celebrated to the fullest and complemented with theatrical surprises.

True to the treasured books, Spot plays hide and seek with friends, including Steve the monkey, Helen the hippo and a silly trio of penguins. He enjoys bumper car rides during a day at the circus with his grandparents. He meets Mr. Kangaroo who is struggling with his kite on a windy day.

Incredible transformations occur as Spot searches for his missing bone. Toys spring to life on their own accord as Spot searches his toy box. When he examines his dresser drawer, the furniture evolves into a magical castle where Spot becomes both prince and princess. A forest springs up around the puppy as he goes for a walk in the woods.

The adventures and possibilities seem endless until Spot snuggles into his cozy bed, blanketed by the love of his family.

Greg  Allen Greg McCormick Allen (Tom) is excited to be back at SCT and performing with such an amazing creative team! Previous SCT shows include Lyle the Crocodile (Lyle), Seussical (Wickersham/Whoville Mayor) and Bunnicula (u/s Bunnicula). Other recent performances include Elf (5th Avenue), Big River (Village Theatre), Yankee Doodle Dandy (Houston's TUTS) and First Date (ACT). Love always to his beautiful, amazing wife, Ann.

Michael  Feldman Michael Feldman (Understudy) is thrilled to be back at SCT after appearing as the Mayor of Munchkin Land in The Wizard of Oz. Before coming to Seattle, Michael worked for PCPA Theaterfest from 2008-2010 and The Utah Shakespeare festival in 2011. Enormous thanks to audiences who support live theatre. Education: PCPA class of 2010 & Cornish College of the Arts, 2013.

Hugh  Hastings Hugh Hastings (Steve) Over the past twenty-something years Hugh has appeared in many SCT productions including The Wizard of Oz, Lyle the Crocodile, The Brementown Musicians, Peter Pan, The Magic Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (three different productions), The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Prince Brat, The Cricket in Times Square, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and both Hardy Boys mysteries.  Recently he played Olin Brit in The Music Man at the 5th Ave, and has also been seen in many productions at ACT, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Hugh has also been a teacher of acting for the 5th Ave, SCT, UW and OSF. With his wife, Connie Corrick, Hugh is a frequent performer and board member at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall.

Jennifer  Sue  Johnson Jennifer Sue Johnson (Helen) recently played Nora in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of A Doll’s House. She is thrilled to return to SCT, where she has appeared in many productions such as Pero, I Was a Rat, The Big Friendly Giant, Into the West (Footlight award), Book of Ruth, The Boxcar Children, and most recently in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Other recent Seattle performances include: Gutrune in Das Barbecu and Mrs. Givings in In the Next Room (ACT), for which she received a People’s Choice Gregory Award nomination as Outstanding Actress; Joanne in Vanities, (co-production ACT/5th Avenue); Lucy Schmeeler in On the Town (5th Avenue); and Constance in The Three Musketeers (Seattle Rep). Seattle Shakespeare Company: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Desdemona in Othello, Viola in Twelfth Night, and Elise in The Miser. Jenny Sue is a longtime Book-It company member, originating major roles in Broken for You, House of the Spirits, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Footlight award), Pride and Prejudice, and Ethan Frome. Next up: The Financial Lives of the Poets at Book-It.  

Jayne  Muirhead
Jayne Muirhead (Sally) this is Jayne’s 19thshow at SCT.  She began in 1992 with Dr. Doolittle in the Moon and continued through Jack and the Beanstalk; Just So Stories; The Magic Mrs. Piggle Wiggle; Bunnicula (twice!); Prince Brat; The Velveteen Rabbit; Stellaluna; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (twice!);Go, Dog. Go!; Disney’s High School Musical; Goodnight Moon (twice!); The Brementown Musicians, Lyle the Crocodile and The Wizard of Oz. What a wild and delightful ride introducing so many of you to the wonderful world of live theatre. Recent credits include Big River and It Shoulda Been You at The Village, The Threepenny Opera at Seattle Shakespeare and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Syracuse Stage in New York.

Don  Darryl  Rivera Don Darryl Rivera (Spot) loves being at SCT! Adventures with Spot marks his 10th SCT show, and 2nd as a playwright. Previous SCT credits include: Harold and the Purple Crayon, Lyle the Crocodile, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Disney's High School Musical, among many others. Other Seattle credits include: This Land (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), Disney's Aladdin (5th Avenue), Man of La Mancha (Taproot), A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Intiman), and Zirkus Fantazmo (Teatro ZinZanni). Regional credits include: ArtsEmerson in Boston, The Guthrie Theatre and Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Chicago Children's Theatre, and The Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC. Don Darryl is a recipient of a 2009 TPS Gregory Award and received his BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts. He would like to thank Linda and Rita and everyone at SCT for all the great adventures. Love to his family, Kate and Baxter.

Vickielee  Wohlbach
Vickielee Wohlbach (Understudy) is delighted to add more critters from the animal kingdom to her extensive experience in the SCT Zoo! Some favorites: Dot & Ziggy (Ladybug, Skunk), A Year Frog & Toad (Turtle, Mole, Squirrel, Bird), Stellaluna (Bat), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Mouse), Goodnight Moon (Menagerie) and Go, Dog! Go. (Green Dog).  She has also performed as a human with the 5th Avenue, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, TAG, Empty Space, Cabaret de Paris, Village Theatre, ACT and Showtunes! Vickielee has toured throughout the US, Japan and Europe and can be heard on commercial radio and with the local bands, Modern Angels and The Usual Suspects.






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Show Summary

"This world premiere is a bright, fun show with original music, innovative puppetry and imaginative props. I hope that it sparks imaginations and inspires young readers. - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell


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