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Oswego Children’s Theater’s 101 Dalamatians Kids: A Show About Meaning of Family

This summer the Oswego Children’s Theater’s will present a show about the meaning of family with their latest production, of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Kids,” a theatre experience about what it means to be a family.

Canine and courageous, the show is an upside-down vision of the world: seeing life from a dog’s point of view.

The story begins in the loving home of a pair of Dalmatian dogs, Pongo and Perdita, who have just produced a litter of 15 puppies.

Then the monstrous Cruella DeVille plots to steal the puppies to make a spotted, dog skin coat.

The adventure continues as the pair, their human “pets” Roger and Anita, and all the dogs of London join in the search and rescue of the kidnapped puppies.

All’s well that ends well as the puppies are found and Cruella and her bumbling henchmen get their just desserts.

The climax of the play, i.e. puppies ripped away from their parents by a force of evil is a bit frightening, but the ingenious way the parents find and rescue their children, shows how a family bands together to overcome every hurdle and hardship in the most difficult times.

The show features a cast of about 20 area youth ranging in age from 14 months to 18 years that comes from all over the area including the city and town of Oswego, Mexico, Scriba, New Haven, Pulaski and Sandy Creek.

The cast includes multiple individuals from the same family.

A good example of this relationship might be the show’s choreographer, Gary Smith, leading his son, Donavin Powless, and the rest or the cast through one of the dance numbers.

Other families involved include the Liveseys, with brother Braden and sisters Adiss and Astrid; the Freys with brothers Nathan and Payton; the Loomis with sisters Maya and Madeline; the Ropers with sisters Rachael and Maya; the Nabingers with sisters Carlee and Chloe and the Saccos mother Robin and 14-month-old daughter Rosa all featured in the show.

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids” is directed by Wayne and Kelly Mosher and assistants Gary Smith and Jessica Johnston, who lead a production with a bright, happy, score colorful costumes, and an easily followed story that is sure to enchant audiences of kids and grownups alike.

The show is a musical version of the 1956 children’s novel of the same name written by Dodie Smith.

The story was adapted for the stage by Marcy Heisler with music by Brian Smith, Dan Root, Martin Lee Fuller, Mel Leven, Randy Rogel, and Richard Gibbs; lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Brian Smith, Dan Root, Martin Lee Fuller, Mel Leven, Randy Rogel and Richard Gibbs; and the music for the show was adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.

The show is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

The production is slated to be performed on July 17 at 7:30 p.m., July 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and July 19 at 2 p.m. at the New Haven Congregational Church located on Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico.

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information call 315-342-5265