Hoboken audiences have one more weekend to catch a performance of Mile Square Theatre’s production of Go Dog Go! On Saturday Oct. 13 and Sunday Oct. 14, the last performances of the children’s production will be performed.
Go Dog Go! is the third production the Hoboken based theater company has put on for young audiences, said Chris O'Connor, Mile Square Theatre's founder and artistic director.
"We do fairly sophisticated theatre and do our darndest not to speak down to kids," O'Connor said.
During the week, schools from the region come to the Monroe Center location of Mile Square Theatre to see Go Dog Go. On the weekends, the general audience attends.
The performance was produced by Paula Ohaus, formerly the theater director for the Hoboken public schools.
O'Connor said that the children's productions have helped draw more Hobokenites to the theater. After taking their children a show, O'Connor said, parents often came back for an adult show.
"To me it’s such a thrill to go into the theater and see everyone really enjoy it," O'Connor said. "It's a really great way to reach out and build an audience."
Building that audience isn't always easy, according to O'Connor. MST has been located at the Monroe Center since 2008 and "it's a big challenge to get the word out about us."
The proximity to New York City and Broadway doesn't make it any easier.
"It's easy to get ignored, next to the city with the best theater in the world," O'Connor said.
The most recent production Mile Square Theatre put on was the play God of Carnage, which was "the most sucessful production to date."
And what to expect in the coming months?
"Our next production is It’s a Wonderful Life," O'Connor said. The show will be the revival of last year's holiday production. After that, the theater company is taking a break until June.
Mile Square Theatre produces three shows a year, as well as the Seventh Inning Stretch.
Tickets to Go Dog Go! Are still available. For more information, visit the Mile Square Theatre's website. There are two performances on Saturday and two performances on Sunday.