After a school year of preparation, on May 12th the fifth graders at Spring Valley Elementary School presented 101 Dalmatians KIDS under the direction of Kari Duntz. All sixty-one students in the fifth grade worked together as cast and crew to make the show a success.
Based on the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and Walt Disney’s film 101 Dalmatians, the musical features the well-known story of a dalmatian family in London. Cruella De Vil and her henchmen Horace and Jasper plot and steal dalmatian puppies to make her a new coat. Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita call for the help of Sergeant Tibbs and the dogs of London. Sergeant Tibbs rescues the dalmatian puppies and dozens of others from the fur vault. When the policeman takes Cruella and her henchmen away, Roger and Anita decide to live happily ever after with all 101 Dalmatians.
To prepare for the production students auditioned in early November and rehearsed during music classes and after school from January through May. Many fifth grade students added their own touch to the show by designing a Kanine Krunchies logo and truck and drawing Dalmatian photographs and patterns. A group of students also worked as a choreography crew to create two dances for the musical.
Many staff members of USD 475 helped make this musical possible for Spring Valley fifth grade students. Tim Stuck built two new flats for the show. Brian Hagemeister’s drama students at JCHS painted the flats for the show. Black spots were ironed onto shirts for Dalmatian characters by Cindy Ahlers and Jackie Herron. Kari Duntz made Dalmatian hats and headbands for students to wear. A Kanine Krunchies truck was created by Maria De Leon and constructed by Johnnie Johnson and Josh Runyan. Deanna Upham painted the fur vault which was then covered in fur by Nancy Peterson. Sierra Jackson, principal at Spring Valley, choreographed and taught students the opening and closing numbers. Many volunteers helped with face paint and stage makeup the evenings of the performances.
Mrs. Duntz and the Spring Valley Elementary fifth graders would especially like to thank Geary Community Schools Foundation for their generous grant this year. The set and costumes would not be possible without their support or the support of the USD 475 staff and community.
Article provided by Kari Duntz, Music Teacher at Spring Valley Elementary