Kids take on Disney classic '101 Dalmatians'

News-DemocratJuly 17, 2013 

Thirty-two area kids ranging from 5 to 13 years old will present "Disney's 101 Dalmatians (Kids)" for two performances at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at Belle Valley School in Belleville.

This familiar tale of puppies and kidnappers is Brass Rail Players community theater group's first youth musical. This charming tale of bravery and courage is suitable for all ages. Songs include "Twilight Bark," "Dalmation Conga" and "Bow Wows."

Besides Dalmatians, there are poodles, Scotties, Chihuahuas and boxers. The dogs of London will get the better of that sinister woman who wants to turn Pongo and Perdita's pups into a fur coat.

As a special treat, the East Side Volunteer Fire Department will have a truck at Belle Valley School at 8 p.m. Friday. The firefighters will be in their gear and ready for photo opportunities after the performance.

The cast includes Julianna Harn, as Cruella de Vil; Alex Johnson, as Roger; Alexa Turner, as Anita; Evan Faulk, as Pongo; Sophia Gram, as Perdita; Michael Zimmerman, as Horace; and Erich Wusstig, as Jasper.

Max Merchiori is Sergeant Tibbs, Antonio Jenkins is Patch, Meghan Schindler is Lucky, Paige Eversole is Penny, Imani Ellis is Pepper, Tabetha Russell is Nanny, Levi Fefferman is police officer, Arianna Zimmerman is Dot, Evita Zimmerman is Spot and Andrea Vessell is the Dog Catcher.

Bailey Kruse, Allison Shovlin, Sophie Wichlac and Lauren Martin are the narrators.

Ethan Fefferman, Alex Winfield and Amarian Jenkins are boxers. Aya Martens and Alyssa Harris are Scotties. Kaitlyn Leach, Deanna Palmer and Haley Bartimus are poodles. Bence Martens and Blake Haas are Chihuahuas.

Maia Fefferman and Alauria Conklin are Dalmatians.

Danielle Schnable, of O'Fallon, is the director. Kristine Mueller, of Belleville, is the music director.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for kids younger than 5. To reserve tickets, email or call 618-767-6016. Tickets will be sold at the box office.

Belle Valley School is at 2465 Amann Drive near Green Mount Road. For more information, visit

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