What: 101 Dalmatians
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
When: Through Sun. Nov. 1 (Special Dalmatian Celebration after the Sun. Show)
Cost: Tickets start at $15, and there is a Buy One, Get One Free Offer from Ticketmaster
Last night my oldest and I were treated to the opening performance of 101 Dalmatians. I’m sure most people have seen or heard the Disney version of dalmatians Pongo and Perdita’s quest to rescue their puppies from the evil Cruella DeVil. This play must follow the book, because although very close, it wasn’t exactly the Disney movie.
We had a good time trying to figure out what breed the people were that played the dogs. The barking, “hey, hey, hey, hey” reminded us of the pigeons in Finding Nemo (mine, mine, mine). My son left wondering about a kids career in the theater, but decided that the dancing might be a little more than he wanted to tackle.
My favorite part was the sets and costumes. I’m always intrigued at the creativity involved in taking complicated characters and scenes, and making them work on stage. Since the dogs are the center of this story, everything is at their level. The humans are all on stilts and the scenery is stretched. Complicated chase scenes are done with puppetry, and music and dance is used to travel from London to the country to find the puppies.
The only drawback is I wanted more of the real dogs. After reading this great article in Access Atlanta, I thought they’d be incorporated into the story rather than just a dog show at the end.
After the final performance on Sunday, you can get more of the dogs in a FREE Dalmatian Celebration. Starting at 3:30 pm, show goers and guests can enjoy music, games, contest and prizes after the show. Families can even get a sneak peak at the special “Doggie Palace” the furry stars of the show call home during the tour.