RUFF! Toured Sept 28th -Friday, Oct. 9th 2015
Past Active Stages productionsRUFF! by Jenifer Nii is the story of Axel (a shelter regular) and Buddy (a shelter novice) who discover together what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to the be best they can be. RUFF! will help students discover what lies behind commonly misunderstood canine behavior. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with therapy dogs courtesty of Intermountain Therapy Animals. The use of therapy dogs, trained to interact with all humans calmly and equally, is to ensure that each human-canine interaction is a positive one. looking past our initial judgments based on outward appearance.

RUFF! is a wonderful opportunity for students in grades K-3 to experience an entertaining play that promotes a very positive and salient message about kindness to others.

 Active Stages: RUFF, in partnership with Plan-B Theatre Company, is generously sponsored by Layton City, Val A. & Edith D. Green Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, and the Davis County Commissioners’ Cup


What teachers are saying:

“The presentation was wonderful! My students loved it and the dogs were a great treat and surprise! Thanks so much for inviting us to participate in this wonderful program.”
Dahlia Cordova, Principal at Bennion Elementary

“The students at Emerson really enjoyed the Ruff! assembly.  They were actively engaged and loved the therapy dog that visited our school.  The message was a positive one.  The two actors who performed were very personable and great with the kids.  Keep up the great work!”
April Reynolds, Principal at Emerson Elementary

“Thank you for bringing Ruff! to our school.  I thought the presentation was excellent for the small kids.  We try to give our kids experiences with theater and all the other performing arts, and your presentation was well received.  All the children were engaged which is no small feat.”
Rae Louie, Principal at Beacon Heights Elementary

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the performance. There were many messages about acceptance and kindness that will be talked about in their classes.”

Marian Broadhead, Principal at Hawthorne Elementary