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'Mutts Gone Nuts' at Renaissance

• Feb 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

MANSFIELD — “Mutts Gone Nuts,” a talented troupe of rescued dogs and their trainers, will perform at the Renaissance at 7 p.m. March 17.

The family-friendly show will feature a range of tricks and humor, lauded by the Washington Post as “a must-see” event.

Along with the 10 canine stars, the show is led by trainers Scott and Joan Houghton, Samantha Valle, and Jonathan Burns. Scott and Joan Houghton have been performing together as a duo since 1984. They have played variety stages and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as Jessie & James, a slapstick, unicycling act. They spent three years as the featured comedy act with country music’s Lee Greenwood, both in Las Vegas and Tennessee, and seven years with Dolly Parton’s production, Dixie Stampede.

In 1996, the Houghtons adopted their first dog from a shelter in Knoxville, Tenn., and later began fostering dogs in their off-season for a local rescue group. They practiced reward-based training methods through the influence of positive trainers Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, and Karen Pryor.

Mutts Gone Nuts performs at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield at 7 p.m. March 17. Tickets are on sale starting at $15 at the Renaissance Box Office, by phone at 419-522-2726, and online at MansfieldTickets.com. A limited number of $50 Family Four Packs, which include four section C seats and two popcorns, are available for this show. Mutts Gone Nuts is presented with sponsorship by PR Machine Works, Inc. and Slick Automated Solutions, Inc.

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