The saying goes “Man is dog’s best friend.”, at least it does in this family-friendly comedy. Hannah Monroe is a young girl without any friends, but the family’s 17-year-old border collie, Lucky. A wish made on her 15th birthday, causes Lucky to become a 17-year-old boy. Hi-jinx ensues when Hannah and Lucky, in human form, try to hide the transformation from her mother, Linda, as well as her older twin sisters, April and May, who constantly bully them. A fun-filled endearing story about standing up for others as well as yourself, and the encouraging power of loyalty to friends and family.
Dog’s Best Friend is being brought to life for the first time at Center Stage Conservatory in downtown Modesto under the direction of playwright, Modesto born Sam “I Am” Mellor, as the final installment of their playwright/director series. The cast is a mix of new and experienced actors from the area with Kelly Stank as the hopeful Hannah Monroe, and Jesse Garcia as the energetic Larry Luck leading the charge. They are backed up by Juniper Sprague and Brookelynn Morris as the twins April and May Monroe, Cayla Luiz as Linda Monroe, Shane Meyers as James Monroe, and Hana Franco as Lucky the 17-year-old Border Collie.
photo credit: Jeffrey Truong
Performances run from Dec 8-18 beginning at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturdays. Sunday Dec 11 and 18 the show begins at 2pm and will include a talk back with the cast and creative team afterward. Tickets $15 general $10 students $5 child. (209) 846-0179, www.centerstagemodesto.com