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The Centre Theater
Norristown, PA
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Inspired by New York Times best-selling author, John OHurleys book, THE PERFECT DOG, Sam, a twelve-year old perfectionist, searches for a flawless dog to enter in the towns dog contest. Unable to find a canine that measures up, Sam must resort to training the family dog, Max, who is less than eager to obey commands. In the end, Sam and Max learn that there is no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as being perfect for each other.

Twelve-year old SAM is the perfect daughter (much to her parents delight, MR. and MRS. BROWN), the perfect friend and the perfect student  because, according to her hero, Ideal Ida, life should not be lived any other way. (Perfect As Can Be). Only one thing threatens her perfectly organized world: her unruly family dog, MAX. Sams friend CHARLIE is especially impressed with her ability to enhance everything she touches including his school projects. At school, Sam learns that Ideal Ida will be judging a dog contest in her town. But Sam doesnt want to just win the contest, she wants to enter a dog so extraordinary, that IDEAL IDA will not only notice her, but want to be her BFF. (When I Meet Ida.) When Sam gets home, she excitedly tells her parents about the contest. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are thrilled that Sam will finally be spending some quality time with Max. Sam is incredulous  she would never enter the impetuous Max in a competition. When her parents ask why, Sam proceeds to document all of Maxs flaws (Doggone Wrong.) Mr. and Mrs. Brown think Sam is overreacting. When they refuse to get Sam a new dog, she comes up with a perfect solution: with the help of neighborhood dog walker ALEX, she will scour the town for the perfect dog and enter him or her in the contest. Along the way, several dogs  DIESEL, CYCLONE, KLAUS, CARLA  try to convince her of their outstanding characteristics. (One Perfect Dog.) When her search proves unsuccessful, Sam turns to her parents for advice. (One Of A Kind.) Confused by their conflicting ideas of what the perfect dog is, Sam is about to give up hope  until Charlie helps her realize that practice can, in fact, make perfect. Since she is the perfect coach, she can turn Max into the perfect student and ultimately, the perfect dog. (Possibilities.) Of course, this is easier said than done. Max is a free spirit and does not respond to Sams training techniques, much to the delight of the neighborhood dogs who Sam rejected earlier (Dog Like Max.) Sam takes a short break from Maxs training to attend Charlies birthday party. Of course, Sam brings Charlie the perfect birthday gift  the hottest new video game. Charlie, Sam and another PARTY KID open it up immediately and begin to play. Sam quickly beats Party Kid and Charlie, who rejoin the party. But Sam stays behind, consumed with getting a perfect score (Snowboard Showdown Six.) She finally does get a perfect score, but misses the rest of the party. Charlie is understandably upset, and tells Sam she is far from the perfect friend. When Sam gets home, she confides in Max. She doesnt understand why people will praise her quest for perfection one minute, then criticize her for the same thing the next. Max decides to take it upon himself to cheer Sam up and make her happyeven if that means not being himself and giving up all the fun things he likes to do in order to help her win the contest. (Theres A Good Boy.) Max becomes the perfect student, but in striving for perfection, Max has forgotten how to be happy. When Sam realizes that Max was willing to change just to make her happy, she no longer needs a contest or Ideal Idas approval to tell her that the perfect dog is the one who has been right by her side all along  Max. (Finale.)


The Centre Theater (View)
208 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19403
United States


Music > All Ages

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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