School plans ‘101 Dalmatians’ fundraiser for Humane Society

Allison Demint (left) as a Dalmatian and Sharkiya Robinson as Cruella de Vil will be among the students performing in Gocio Elementary’s staging of ‘Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids.’ Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Public Schools

About 100 Gocio Elementary School students in grades two through five will “put on the dog” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the school cafeteria/auditorium as they perform a fully costumed version of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids,” the school has announced.

In an effort to give back to the community, the one-hour production has been planned as a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Sarasota, a Sarasota County Public Schools news release notes, with members of the public encouraged to attend, as well as parents.

In lieu of an admission charge, audience members are asked to bring dog toys, food, treats and old blankets to donate to the Humane Society. Cash donations for the charity also will be accepted, the release says.

Additional performances will be held for students on the mornings of May 17 and 18, the news release notes.

“Every year, I hear about more and more of our graduates going on to study not only theater, but public speaking, radio, television, education and so many positions of leadership,” said drama teacher and “Dalmatians” director Dawn Burns in the news release. “Our students leave Gocio with a sense of the importance of the arts and a special kind of confidence that comes from being part of something memorable.”

This is the seventh consecutive year the school has staged a major musical production, the news release points out. In 2008 Gocio was named a National School of Distinction in Arts Education by the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education.

Gocio Elementary School is located at 3450 Gocio Road in Sarasota.

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