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What to Know About: Linton Middle School's '101 Dalmatians'

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Above, Linton cast members of '101 Dalmatians' pose for a group photo. Three performances will take place Oct. 19.

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WHAT IS IT?

Linton Middle School students will perform a “mini-musical” version of Disney's “101 Dalmatians,” the story of dalmatians Pongo and Perdita and the search for their missing puppy litter, kidnapped by the evil Cruella de Vil. Linton Gifted Coordinator Tracey Johnson said the musical's running time is about 40 minutes, achieved through a compressed script from Musical Theatre International, which creates pared-down versions of popular shows for its “Broadway Junior” series.

TWICE THE MUSICAL

The idea for “101 Dalmatians” came about when “a number of kids last year kept asking about doing something different,” Johnson said. “We decided to throw in an extra little musical, rather than doing the one-act plays we've done in previous years.” Additionally, Linton fifth-graders are not able to audition for the spring musical, “and we thought it would be a nice introduction for them to do a short little show, and they can get some experience of what it will be like,” she said.

MIDDLE-SCHOOL MENTORING

While the musical is tailored for a performance by younger students, Johnson said older middle-schoolers are also helping out.

“Some of the older students have been helping as team leaders,” she said. “All the younger kids are assigned a leader, and they help teach the dances, as well as help me a great deal.”

COMPRESSED SCHEDULE

Students auditioned for “101 Dalmatians” at the start of the school year, giving Johnson and Linton staff just more than a month to pull the whole production together. “Our sets aren't going to be as elaborate because of the timeframe, but it will be a cute little production,” she said.

IF YOU GO

Linton's production of “101 Dalmatians” will take place with three shows on Oct. 19, at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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