Waccamaw students to present '101 Dalmations'

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Nearly 100 Waccamaw students will take the stage this weekend as the school performs “101 Dalmations” at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

This is the second year Waccamaw students have performed a musical. Last year, they performed “The Jungle Book.” Both shows are Disney Kids Productions.

“They are an easy company to work with, and their shows are kid-friendly,” Cheri Skaggs, music teacher and musical director, said. “It makes sure the audience can be involved.”

Seventh-grader Victoria Humphreys is playing the role of Cruella DeVille and has taken singing lessons in the past year, which has helped her prepare for the role. She said although the musical is a Disney show, it’s not just for kids.

“I think it’s for people of all ages,” she said.

Raheen Gore, a sixth grader, plays the lead male role of Roger and is one of the owners of the dalmations. His biggest challenge has been learning to memorize the script.

“You have so many lines you have to learn, and you have to get them perfect,” he said.

Michelle Light, a seventh- grader, plays Anita, Roger’s wife and dalmations’ co-owner. She said her favorite part of the musical has been getting to spend time with her friends and making new ones.

Director Mark Dees, a seventh grade social studies teacher, is involved in Brunswick Little Theatre and decided to start a theatre group at Waccamaw two years ago.

The cast of “101 Dalmations” has practiced since October. Students were asked to provide the basics for their own costumes, such as a simple sweat suit for those playing dogs, and parent volunteers “doctor up” the rest, Skaggs said. The volunteers are adding spots, dying costumes, and coming up with the finishing touches for nearly 100 costumes.

The set is constructed from tri-fold pieces that display three different scenes when turned and put together. Janet Stephenson, art teacher and director, designed the set and let students in grades kindergarten through eighth help paint the different scenes.

“This is a school-wide production,” Skaggs said. “And of course, we wouldn’t be able to do it without our parent involvement.”

“101 Dalmations” is playing at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students of all ages.

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com