With doors opening next week, students at Portsmouth Elementary are working hard to put the final touches on their performance of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids the musical.
The first performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 5 followed by a second performance at 2:30 p.m. May 6.
Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids is an adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, notorious villain and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage.
Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, parents of the puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.
“One of the best moments in the show is the Cruella De Vil song, the kids really love it, they sing it well, they dance it well,” said Director Laurie O’Brien. “It’s an iconic song and it shows up over and over, the kids also do their bows to it and they just really like it.”
This production features over 47 fifth and sixth grade students in the Trojan Express Choir, a select choir. Students auditioned for parts in January and have been practicing since February.
It’s a very high energy cast, a lot of it has just come together piece by piece. We have a few numbers where the kids choreographed them, like the Twilight Bark Song, the four narrators made up their own dance and they do,” explained O’Brien. “It went together pretty quick, our ending number has been the biggest hang-up, it’s a lot of movement. The end always takes longer to get down, they always pull it together. Once the lights come down and they’re in costume it becomes real.”
The performance will be held in the Elementary School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $5 at the door for general admission. Reserved tickets can be purchased by calling the Elementary office at 740-353-6719.
“All of the proceeds go right back into the program, they pay for our props, our sets, the costumes, the microphone rentals, it just helps to ensure the continuation of the program for future students as well,” O’Brien said.
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