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'101 Dalmatians' is a Hit for Shirley Hills

101 Dalmatians is a Hit for Shirley Hills

Click on the above image for more photos from the operetta

April 11, 2019 — Shirley Hills Primary School students enjoyed a special field trip last week, when the entire student body boarded buses headed for the Westonka Performing Arts Center to view the final dress rehearsal of this year’s operetta, "101 Dalmatians, Kids." Hilltop Primary School first- and second-graders joined the Shirley Hills students for the production, which resulted in an enthusiastic packed house.

The two evening performances were very successful, with Friday night boasting a near sell-out crowd. A total of 98 students participated in the operetta, which was directed by Melissa Bray and Sarah Wright.

“It was so great to see how the PAC looked and felt with a full audience,” said Bray. “The students were so excited to perform for their family and friends.”

This was a true community event, with many people working together towards a common goal. Grandview Middle School fifth-grader Evan Schmidt, a Shirley Hills alumnus, was the stage manager, while many staff members helped backstage, collected tickets, managed sound and helped in other areas. The amazing set and props were designed and put together by Jeff Smith, Tirisha Dirks and Meredith Tice. 

Bray offered a huge shout-out to the Shirley Hills PTA, which was a great financial supporter of this show by buying set materials and funding a majority of the busing costs to get the students over to the PAC. 

“We were so glad to have the opportunity to host the very first elementary operetta at the PAC and look forward many more operettas there in the future,” said Bray, who added that Shirley Hills is also fortunate to have their own stage that has been recently updated. Due to the high number of participants in the operetta, they felt that the PAC was the best option for this performance. 

“I am so proud to work at Shirley Hills with a tremendous staff that was willing to help support our students in this project,” said Bray. “I feel very grateful to be in the Westonka District, where arts opportunities like these are offered to our students, my own children included.”