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Austin Stewart, left, Christopher Gunner and Katie Gilhooly play the bad guys out to steal dalmatians Sophie Manning, left, Emily Hunt and Elizabeth Hunt in DreamWeavers' production of '101 Dalmatians.'
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Austin Stewart, left, Christopher Gunner and Katie Gilhooly play the bad guys out to steal dalmatians Sophie Manning, left, Emily Hunt and Elizabeth Hunt in DreamWeavers' production of "101 Dalmatians."

DreamWeavers presenting '101 Dalmatians'

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com 340-2446

This weekend, audiences at DreamWeavers Children's Theater production of "101 Dalmatians" will get more than a dog tale.

While 80 children ages 5 to teens tell the charming story of the spotted pups and the monstrous Cruella de Vil, 16 singers and dancers will entertain with medleys of songs from Walt Disney shows. Some of the "Dalmatians" cast will join them on tunes such as "Be Our Guest" from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Feed the Birds" from "Mary Poppins."

The Disney Kids version of "101 Dalmatians" is based on the classic Disney film. In a loving home in London owned by Roger (played by Kendall Nelson of Hartselle) and Anita (Mary Katherine White of Decatur), Dalmatian parents Pongo (Shane Sieweke of Hartselle) and Perdita (Taylor Harris of Decatur) raise their Dalmatian puppies until Cruella (Katie Gilhooly of Decatur) plots to steal them and have a coat made from their fur.

Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen, Jasper (Austin Stewart of Decatur) and Horace (Christopher Gunner of Madison). With a fun score, lovable characters and one of the most evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation will charm audiences.

"The story is magical, and audiences will delight in seeing classic characters they remember from the movie come vividly to life on stage," said director Mickey Johnson.

"The musical numbers from decades of Disney shows will bring a smile to audience members young and old," added Barry Sublett, DreamWeavers president.

If you go

What: "A Dazzling Disney Spectacular" featuring "101 Dalmatians," presented by DreamWeavers Children's Theater

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Where: Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, available at the door

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