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Nickelodeon pups on the road: ‘Paw Patrol Live!’ coming to Merriam Theater

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest are going to look a lot different than they do on TV.
Presented by VStar Entertainment Group, and based on the Nickelodeon show “Paw Patrol,” the first-ever, musical, live action version of the animated canines will take the stage at Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater with “Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue.”
Actress Jessica Threet, who plays Rocky the mixed-breed recycling pup in the “Paw Patrol Live!” cast, offered her take on the popularity of the TV series: “Kids love animals. I’ve always been a lover of animals myself. It’s endearing to watch these pups save the day.”

IF YOU GO
What: The Kimmel Center Family Discovery Series presents “Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue.”
When: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 3; 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. March 4; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 5.
Where: The Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
Tickets: $39-$69, with a $134 Very Important Pup $134 packages available for some shows. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883.
Info.: Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.

Led by Ryder, a 10-year-old boy, the plucky pups are rescue dogs in training — each one inspired by a real-world job like fire fighter, police officer or construction worker. Rocky, who is known for being handy, is the one who likes to say: “Why do you wanna trash it, when you can stash it?”
In “Race to the Rescue,” the team is called in to find Mayor Goodway, who is supposed to be competing in the Great Adventure Bay Race against Mayor Humdinger of neighboring Foggy Bottom, but is nowhere to be found.
“The show itself is so cute. I love interacting with kids. We have them ruff with us and shout with us,” Threet said. “When all the children are yelling for your character, it makes you feel like a rock star.”
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Anne Ewers said in a press release: “We treasure the opportunities we have to introduce children to live theater and we’re certain that ‘Paw Patrol’ fans will love this unique chance to interact with their favorite characters.
This beloved canine crew teaches children to use their unique abilities and teamwork to solve everyday challenges.”
The show includes two acts and an intermission, traditional theatrical scenery and a video wall that visually transports families to locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain.
Check out www.pawpatrollive.com.

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