Rehearsals are well underway for the Chapel Players of the First Congregational Church of Marion’s production of “101 Dalmatians,” a fundraiser to be presented on October 26 at 7:00 pm. and October 27 at 3:00 pm. in the Community Center, 144 Front Street. Tickets are $10 for all seats and may be purchased at the Marion General Store or from cast members.
This Disney musical includes a large cast of adults and children and is supported by many volunteers in the community. The show is directed by Wendy Bidstrup, assisted by Jamie Wiksten, with musical direction by Sandy Morgan. Bev Peduzzi adds her expertise with music and children, too.
The cast includes Suzie Kokkins as Cruella De Vil with David Pierce and Will Bruno as her bumbling, evil henchmen. Roger and Anita, the “pets” of the Dalmatian family, are played by Mark Tucker and Caroline Blais. Abby Wheeler is Nanny to the family. arents Pongo and Perdita are played by Hunter Gonsalves and Kelly Fox with puppies Max Tucker, Julia Winters, Lauren Craig, Kelsey Kidney, Kathleen Dunn, Alexia Blais, Elizabeth Foley, Grace Magee and Sam Dunn as Lucky.
The Dog narrators are: Lillian Craig, Caroline Owens, Mason Tucker, Emma Whynacht, Michaela Mattson and Cameron Weaver. The London dogs are played by Kyla Horton, Alexandria Strand, Sara Besancoon, Emma Williamson, Mara Flynn, Erica Judd, Katherine Dwyer, Ella Mennino, Hunter Moreau and Abby Wiksten.
Rounding out the cast is Camryn Kidney as Sergeant Tibbs, the cat, Jeff Hallahan as the dog catcher and Fred Danhauser as the policeman. There will also be a special number by the Show Choir directed by Sandy Morgan and Jamie Wiksten.