Production Staff Named for “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians”

Backstage Players is proud to announce the production staff for it’s December show, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians.  Allison Mohler will be making her Backstage Players directorial debut.  She will serve as both the creative director and the vocal director.  Allison’s impressive resume begins in 2003, with directing children’s productions in Northeastern Pennsylvania and continues with two years directing summer sessions at The Cushing Academy in Ashburton, MA.  From 2006-2009, she directed the “Playshop” program at Norwich Free Academy, bringing Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie and Cinderella to stage.  She has recently served as vocal director with Swing Bridge Arts Alliance in East Haddam and Podium Players in East Hampton.  Recently on stage, Allison has brought memorable characters to life, such as Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Nancy in Oliver! and in March 2014, in her BPC stage debut, Maria in The Sound of Music  and most recently as Rona in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, with Swing Bridge Arts Alliance.  Allison is a Social Studies teacher at Norwich Free Academy.  She holds a BA in Political Science from Lehigh University (PA) and has just completed her Law Degree at University of Hartford.

BPC President, Ed Hobson will serve as Allison’s assistant director, business manager and communication manager.  Jeri Minutillo will produce Disney’s 101 Dalmatians.  BPC is pleased to welcome back Maria Greco as choreographer, Maki Kelly as stage manager and Tina Accetta as costume designer.  As always, Mark Gilchrist will direct marketing and advertising for the production.  BPC is currently interviewing for a set designer.

“I was thrilled when Allison accepted our offer to direct Disney’s 101 Dalmatians,” said Hobson.  “Having worked with her many times on stage and having been directed by her, I am confident that we have found just the right person to lead our children to success.  I know they will be very pleased.”

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians will be cast with children ages six to 15.  Auditions are scheduled for Monday, September 15 and Tuesday, September 16 from 5:30-8:30 at Brown School, Madison.  The cast will be announced the evening of Wednesday, September 17.  The rehearsal process will begin Thursday, September 18 with a first reading of the script.  The show comes to stage December 19, 20 (two shows) and 21 at Andrews Memorial Theater at Clinton Town Hall.