Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS
Disney’s classic animated tale of kidnapping villains and courageous puppies is adapted in this "fur-tastic" musical adventure.
Restrictions may apply.
Show Essentials
22
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

The Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Puppies — Penny, Pepper, Lucky, and Patch — in a small, loving home on the edge of Regent's Park in the city of London ("Dalmatian Conga"). As the Dogs Of London narrate, Nanny cares for all the Dalmatians, including their human "pets": Roger, a composer, and Anita, an artist. Part of the family's cherished routine is watching their favorite TV program ("Thunderbolt Adventure Hour") and singing along to the super-catchy commercial theme song for their favorite snack ("Kanine Krunchies").

One day, their wealthy neighbor, Cruella De Vil, stops by and, admiring
the spotted puppies, realizes they are just what she needs to complete her fabulous fur collection. When Roger refuses to sell the Dalmatian pups, Cruella storms off ("Cruella De Vil") and plots with Horace and Jasper to steal them ("Cruella's Scheme").

With Nanny and Anita out of the house and Roger asleep in front of the
TV, Cruella's henchmen lure the puppies away to her fur vault using Kanine Krunchies as bait ("Kanine Krunchies – Reprise", "The Fur Vault"). Realizing their beloved puppies were stolen, Pongo and Perdita appeal to the Dogs of London for help ("Twilight Bark").

Meanwhile, the puppies discover they are not alone in the fur vault. Other Puppies, including Freckles and Spotty, explain to the Dalmatian pups where they are and what's to become of them. Despite being surrounded by police, Cruella is determined to get her new fur ("My Beautiful Coat"), even as the Dogs of London — headed by the resourceful cat, Sergeant Tibbs — rescue all the puppies from the fur vault ("The Chase"). As a Police Officer and Dogcatcher capture the three thieves, Roger, Anita, and Nanny imagine a puppy-filled happily ever after ("Dalmatian Plantation & Finale") with their adopted 101 Dalmatians!

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Cruella De Vil

Cruella is the rich, fashion-forward antagonist of the story who harbors a penchant for puppy fur. Ruthless and impulsive, she should command the stage with dramatic flair and brassiness. Cast an actor who can sing – with a strong, authoritative presence – and who can move with a high, captivating energy.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Roger

Roger, married to Anita, is the soft-spoken yet confident composer and owner of Pongo and Perdita. His relaxed form of leadership acts as a contrast to the frenetic Cruella. He should be a strong actor, singer, and mover with an adult bearing that sets him apart from the more immature puppies.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A#2
Anita

Anita, wife of Roger, is a sweet and nurturing painter whose kind disposition acts as a stark contrast to Cruella's cruelty. As she has only a single line to sing, cast an actor with strong acting skills who is comfortable portraying an adult.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Horace and Jasper

Horace and Jasper, Cruella’s two henchmen for hire, provide the show’s comic relief à la Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy. Though they sing together often, look for actors with strong comedic timing who can excel at physical comedy. While not necessary, these two can speak with Cockney accents if you have actors that are capable and willing.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Perdita and Pongo

Perdita and Pongo, the puppies’ parents, have similar dispositions to their owners, Roger and Anita. These roles do not require solo singing, so focus on casting strong actors capable of projecting a more mature presence than their pups.

Gender: any
Lucky, Patch, Penny, and Pepper

Perdita and Pongo’s funny and spirited pups, can be cast from your larger puppy ensemble. Cast the group’s strongest actors that can project their solo lines articulately and are comfortable using their bodies to portray dogs. If you have a large pool of actors, feel free to cast other puppies as brothers and sisters to these four; just remember that the audience needs to see a far greater number of Dalmatians at the end of the show than at the beginning.

Gender: any
Nanny

Nanny is the warm yet outspoken housekeeper to Roger and Anita. This is a small role that requires a strong speaking voice (no singing required).

Gender: female
Dogs of London

The Dogs of London include the Boxers, Scotties, Poodles, and Chihuahuas that assist Perdita and Pongo in saving their puppies. All should be comfortable embodying the physical movement of their particular breed. Within the ensemble numbers, there are some opportunities for solos, though these can be sung by pairs or small groups depending on your production’s needs and the abilities of your cast.

Gender: any
Boxer Narrator, Scottie Narrator, Poodle Narrator, and Chihuahua Narrator

Boxer Narrator, Scottie Narrator, Poodle Narrator, and Chihuahua Narrator help to tell the story and are part of your Dogs of London ensemble (see above). Because the clarity of the plot relies on them, cast performers with excellent diction and projection. You need not only have four narrators – feel free to split up the narration between ensemble members as best suits your production.

Gender: any
Other Puppies

Dognapped by Cruella, these Dalmatian pups come in halfway through the play and can be double-cast as your Dogs of London ensemble. Include as many puppies in this group as you would like – the more the better!

Gender: any
Freckles and Spotty

Freckles and Spotty, two Dalmatian puppies stolen by Cruella, can be cast from your ensemble of additional Dalmatians. Each puppy has one solo line of dialogue.

Gender: any
Sergeant Tibbs

Sergeant Tibbs is the army cat that rallies the Dogs of London to rescue the puppies. This role is gender neutral – just be sure to cast an actor with a strong voice that can project an authoritative air. This cat has a short, but sweet solo, so make sure vocals are strong.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: G4
Police Officer

The Police Officer arrests the villains at the end of the show. Cast an actor who can convey a no-nonsense attitude in this gender-neutral role.

Gender: any
Dogcatcher

The Dogcatcher appears at show’s end to dramatically remove Cruella from the scene. This role is gender neutral, so cast any student who might excell at creating a few moments of physical comedy with Cruella.

Gender: any
Full Song List
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Dalmatian Conga
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Thunderbolt Adventure Hour
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Kanine Krunchies
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Cruella De Vil
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Cruella's Scheme
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Kanine Krunchies (Reprise)
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: The Fur Vault
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Twilight Bark
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: My Beautiful Coat
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: The Chase
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS Binder Version: Dalmatian Plantation & Finale

Connect

Curriculum Connection

  • Persuasive Speech & Rhyme Scheme
  • Exponential Growth
  • Animal Classifications
  • Fashion/Costume Design

Billing

Based on the Screenplay by Bill Peet and the novel, "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by Dodie Smith.

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.

Author Billing – Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS

In accordance with the Dramatic Performing Rights License, all advertising, such as posters and program covers, must include the show logo as provided in the ShowKit® Director's Guide and all of the following author billing.
It is a violation of your contract if you crop or edit this logo in any way.
[name of school]
Production of
Music and Lyrics by
MEL LEVEN, RANDY ROGEL, RICHARD GIBBS,
BRIAN SMITH, MARTIN LEE FULLER, DAN ROOT
 
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by
MARCY HEISLER
 
Music Adapted and Arranged by
BRYAN LOUISELLE
 
Based on the Screenplay by
BILL PEET
 
Based on the Novel, "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by
Dodie Smith
 
The name of your organization must be billed in the form specified above, including the words "Production of" below your billing, which shall be visually contiguous with the title, all so that the audience is informed that you are the producer. Your billing shall be no less than 50% of the size of the logo or artwork title, as measured by the proportion of the average size of their names to the largest letter in the logo or artwork title.
 
The size of credits to the authors shall be no less than 20% of the artwork or logo title as measured by the proportion of the average size of your name to the largest letter in the logo or artwork title.

Video Warning

If you purchase a separate license to allow non-commercial video recording of this production, you must print the following in your program. ANY VIDEO RECORDING MADE OF THIS PERFORMANCE IS AUTHORIZED FOR PERSONAL, AT-HOME, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH RECORDING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAW. If you do not purchase the separate license for video recording, you must print the following in your program. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

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