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101 Dalmatians Kids On MSCT Stage

By Staff | Apr 15, 2008

“101 DALMATIANS KIDS” involves this cast of 58 Emmetsburg students with directors Jackie VanOosbree (left) and Marcia Beatty (right). Rehearsals are now undersay for the musical which will be presented on the Main Street Community Theatre stage May 30 and 31 and June 1, 6, 7 and 8. -- Jane Whitmore photo

Puppies – puppies everywhere!

“101 Dalmatians Kids” will take the stage at Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre this spring. Fifty-eight elementary and middle school age students are included in the cast.

“It’s been a while since we have done a play of this magnitude,” said director Jackie VanOosbree.

Based on the novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” by British author, Dodie Smith, Disney turned the novel into a movie of the same name. He created an exciting story about puppies and their desire to survive. Having been cared for by Nanny, the puppies are the desire of Cruella De Vil to turn them into a new black-spotted fur coat for herself.

Hannah Bird plays the part of Cruella; Travis Johnson is Jasper; Chris Johnson is Horace; Natalie Gordon is Anita; BriAnna Campbell is Roger; Staci Schmeling is Nanny; Justin Johnson is Pongo and Anna Pelzer is Perdita. Narrators are Alysha Schutz and Brittany Poeppe.

Following the puppy heist, two Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, appeal to the dogs of London for help. A resourceful cat, Sergeant Tibbs, plots to rescue the puppies along with many other Dalmatians. The story ends happily ever after as Cruella and her helpers are in the hands of the police.

The dog catcher is played by Tally Leners. Cops are Kristen Amato and Shelby Neet. Sergeant Tibbs is played by Taylor Rouse.

Playing Boxer dogs are Kayla Joyce, Maggie Ehlert, Shea Ehlert, Rachel Duhn and Kiersten Duhn; Chihuahua dogs are Avery Ringlaben, Sydney Travis, Alli Weir and Jade Hawks; Poodle dogs are Linnea Ankeny, Savanna Hunter, Jordon Hoyman and Gillian Nolan; Scottie dogs are Kirsten Aldous, Ashley Keller, Natalie Ruiz and Katie Ruiz.

Pongo and Perdita’s Puppies are played by Phoenix Campbell, Colton Johnson, Taya Meza, Kyla Meza, Adam Berkland, Dallas Johnson, Evangeline Johnson, Olivia Gordon, Gabe Cowden, Shawna Cowden, Megan Cowden, Erin Poeppe and Alison Merril.

Music in the show includes “Kanine Krunchies,” “Dalmatian Plantation” and “Cruella De Vil.”

Ensemble puppies include: Kinsey Kogel, Jacklyn Radvansky, Hannah Frerichs, Jacob Tripp, Ashley Tripp, Shaylee Horst, Hannah Malm, Hannah Merwald, Joel Chuning, Drew Sidles, Matthew Schutz, Brianna Schutz, Adrian Chuning and Darion Helle.

“101 Dalmatians Kids” is now in rehearsal with directors Jackie VanOosbree, Marcia Beatty and Peggy Schad. Production dates are May 30 and 31, and June 1, 6, 7, and 8 at the Dinges-VanOosbree Center for Performing Arts in Emmetsburg.