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Gocio 'Dalmatians Kids' Play Raises Funds For Humane Society

Attendees are asked to bring dog toys, pet food, treats and old blankets to donate to the Humane Society of Sarasota.

About 100 students in grades two through five will “put on the dog” at 9:15 a.m. Thursday and Friday (May 17-18) in the school cafeteria/auditorium as they perform a fully costumed version of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids.

An additional staging at 6:30 p.m. Thursday is designed for parents and other members of the public.

In an effort to give back to the community, the one-hour production is a fundraiser for the . In lieu of an admission charge, audience members are asked to bring dog toys, food, treats and old blankets to donate to the Society, but cash donations for the charity also will be accepted.

“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. “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. In 2008 Gocio was named a National School of Distinction in Arts Education by the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education.

This version corrects the time of the evening performance.

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