Cadillac Footliters: Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time

The Cadillac Footliters are bringing a book to life in their latest emotional performance. 

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time” features young actor Mark Simons playing Christopher, who is terrific at Math, but detests being touched and distrusts strangers.

After his neighbor’s dog is found dead, Christopher falls under suspicion and works to clear his name.

While not appropriate for young children due to strong language and intense scenes, director Julie VanHaitsma says she chose this detective play after reading the book years ago.

“I loved the story, and I loved the unique perspective being told from this 15-year-old boy,” she says. “I saw some clips of what the did with it when they turned it into a play and they tried to make it an all-encompassing experience for the audience and cast so that you sort of get inside Christopher’s head a little bit.”

Mark, who plays Christopher, says this role has helped him better understand people who are on the autism spectrum.

“I do have some relatives that are on the autism spectrum,” he says. “I’m glad I did it, it really helps me understand more how they feel and act.”

Katelyn Curtis plays Christopher’s teacher and mentor–and the play’s narrator.

“It was very, very fun to play,” she says.

The Cadillac Footliters are performing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time” at the Cadillac Elks Lodge from Jan. 25 to 26 and Feb. 1 to 2.

You can purchase tickets online at cadillacfootliters.com, or other various locations in person.

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