Monday, February 15, 2010

Scooby-Doo into Spooky-Dog Cartoon

Nearly every child is intrigued by Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving gang. However, these children grow into adults and some begin to take a closer look at the cartoon, often wondering what the characters are really up to.

Many of us have talked to our friends about whether Scooby-Doo and the gang were really solving mysteries. With all of the 1970s clothing, snacking, finding clues and capturing phantoms, it can make you believe something else was going on in the Mystery Machine. Most of us have continued curiosity and know something more than mystery-solving was happening.

We all knew Fred was hot for Daphne, Scooby and his hippy friend Shaggy were probably hiding a stash in the Mystery van (which explains their ever-so-frequent munchies) and they were all more than likely hallucinating when claiming to see ghosts, monsters and phantoms, possibly on a trip rather than following a clue.

With "Spooky-Dog," an interpretation of the beloved cartoon, we will all finally have our answers. Or at least we will know we were not the only ones pondering the TV show.

In a "Scooby-Doo" inspired production, UMKC's Theatre's professional training program and the Coterie Theatre have teamed up to present an adult-only version of the cartoon called "Spooky-Dog." UMKC's own Chaz Bell is technical director of the program.

"Spooky-Dog" is a unique mystery for adults who have eagerly awaited some help into the secret subtext of "Scooby-Doo."

The play involves comedy, profane language, sexual innuendoes, improvisation, interactive performances and audience participation. That being said, the show is rated PG-13 and will be shown as an evenings-only production as a part of the Coterie at Night series, a new initiative aimed toward attracting new audiences.

The teenage mystery gang in "Spooky-Dog" creates a blast of a show through confronting criminals, sexual desires and unexpected side effects from dog treats, or Scooby snacks as they're called on the TV show.

Staying true to the time period and honoring Hanna-Barbera, Director Ron Megee has incorporated costumes, music and dance moves from the late 1960s and early 70s. Megee said the thoughts most of us have been thinking about the cartoon will be revealed in the production and should be uproarious.


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