Dogtown: the Musical, a story based on the life and fate of a local dog named Trevor, will be one of the many productions featured during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, taking place June 9 to 18
Nakai Theatre and the Yukon Circus Society are the co-presenters of Dogtown: the Musical, which will be playing from June 7 to 12 at the Trolley Roundhouse in Whitehorse
“It’s a story about rescue and rehabilitation, love and hate, life and death. It tells Trevor’s story and much more,” says Selene Vakharia, publicist for the musical “There will be laughter and tears; it’s quite heartwarming.”
The musical was created by locals Roy Ness and Grant Simpson and features an original score and a large cast. Ness and Simpson have been working on development of the production since 2010.
Now, after six years of fleshing out their ideas, in addition to untold hours spent creating and refining the script and music, Dogtown is ready to hit the stage.
Vakharia says it promises to be a howling success.
“It’s well written and presented,” she says. “We’re building a set from scratch that will resemble a mini version of Whitehorse and there’ll be lots of dog costumes People will be singing the songs after they leave.”
Vakharia is excited that the musical will be presented at the Trolley Roundhouse, and that the historic building will be transformed into a theatre.
“There’s a lot of art here in Whitehorse, but sometimes we lack the space,” she says. “We’re fortunate to have found a new and unique venue.”
A sneak peak of the musical will take place on May 16 at the Trolley Roundhouse, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public will have a chance to come and check out the venue, have an exclusive listen to the musical score and meet the cast and artists.
Oh, and bring your dog, says Vakharia.
“We’re calling it Yappy Hour. It’s an evening for people to celebrate their love of dogs.”
The event will take place both indoors and outdoors, with food trucks, a photo booth and a mini-photo exhibit of dogs in the Yukon. There will even be silver platters making the rounds with dog treats on them.
“It’s an evening for dogs and the humans who love them,” Vakharia says.
Dogtown: the Musical will run June 7 to 9 and also on June 11 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and on Sunday June 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. It is showing at the Trolley Roundhouse. Tickets are available at www.MagneticNorthFestival.ca