'101 Dalmatians' comes to Dixie

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An old Disney favorite comes to the Dixie Theatre stage this month with a musical adaptation of "101 Dalmatians," presented by the Marshall County Community Theatre Kids Division. Opening night is Friday night, Oct. 22.

"The Hundred and One Dalmations," a 1956 novel by Dodie Smith, was made famous by the animated Walt Disney classic in 1961. "101 Dalmatians" has been made into movies and an animated series for television, and now it comes to the theatre stage. Under the direction of Allison Mulliniks, the MCCT Kids Division with its 38-member cast will bring this musical adaptation to life. Assistant directors Kelsey Keny and Luke Collins add their expertise on the stage to the young cast of elementary and middle school performers who have been rehearsing for weeks to learn their parts and their songs. The musical play combines action and humor and a great score of songs under the musical direction of Doug May.

"101 Dalmatians" has delighted audiences for generations with its cute and cuddly characters and one of the greatest villainous characters and names, Cruella de Vil. Emma Butt will be deliciously Cruella in the role of the infamous villain who plans to make an evil fashion statement from the large litter of puppies belonging to Pongo, played by Leremie Plott, and Perdita, played by Kelsie Lowe. You can catch all six performances at the Dixie Theatre on the Lewisburg square on Oct. 22, 23, and 24, and Oct. 29, 30 and 31. The Sunday performances on Oct. 24 and 31 will be matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. All other performances will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now each day at the Dixie Theatre ticket booth from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. You can also purchase tickets at the door, provided seating is available, so get your tickets now.