When you think of a stunt show, you probably think of Evel Knievel or people being shot out of cannons, jumping off of high buildings, and riding a motorcycle off of a ramp trying to make it safely over 20 buses.
- PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS PERONDI
When Chris Perondi thinks of stunts, he thinks of dogs. Perondi is the director of the hit stunt show, The Stunt Dog Experience, a dog-centered production showcasing more than 50 stunts, from Frisbee catching to a triathlon.
The Stunt Dog Experience has been featured on Oprah, Ellen, The Tonight Show, and other programs. This family-friendly show features one to two dozen stunt dogs, a canine mascot named “Diggy,” an array of light effects, and the Hoop of Fire, as well as comedy skits and crowd involvement with showdowns in which a winner is chosen by applause.
Perondi has directed more than 3,500 shows in his career since his first in 1999. He hopes to encourage people to adopt pets—and to spend more time loving and caring for the pets they have. His company, which currently encompasses more than two dozen canine and human performers, strives to adopt all of its furry stars from dog pounds and animal shelters.
The Stunt Dog Experience takes the stage at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande on Nov. 20 with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $28 and are available online at clarkcenter.org or at the Clark Center Box Office at 487 Fair Oaks Avenue, Arroyo Grande.