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"Art Dog! Art Dog! Art Dog!" chanted first graders from Whittier and Newman elementary schools after a Tuesday morning performance at the Salt Lake Acting Company. The shout-outs honored the show's hero (actor Alexis Baigue), a security guard at the Dogopolis Art Museum who bravely rescues the stolen Mona Wolfa painting after a paint fight. After the show, students asked the "Art Dog" cast questions about their costumes, about who painted the dog-eared art masterpieces hanging on set walls, and whether or not one character had actually kissed another during the onstage action. More than 1,700 students from area Title 1 elementary schools will attend matinee performances during the theater company's seventh annual kids show, which continues with day and weekend performances through Dec. 23. (Tickets and show information at 801-363-7522.) —

Bark this way at 'Art Dog'

John Olive's adaptation of Thacher Hurd's picture book "Art Dog" features music by Susan Ennis. Penelope Caywood directs the cast featuring Alexis Baigue, Jenessa Bowen, Olivia Custodio and Jaten Lee McGriff. Production design includes musical direction by Kevin Mathie, set design by Glenn Brown, costume design by Linda Brown, sound design by Shea Madson and lighting design by Spencer Brown.

When • Through Dec. 23: Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon and 3 p.m.; additional 10 a.m. shows Dec. 19 and 20; also Dec. 21-23 at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 children, $25 adults (group discounts available); 801-363-7522 or