The Children’s Theatre of Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly presents DR. DOLITTLE JR., Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. DR. DOLITTLE JR. is sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Clubs.
The classic tale of kindness to animals and animal kindnesses trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in DR. DOLITTLE JR. All of the characters you’ve come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in this shortened stage version.
It tells the story of a wacky but kind doctor who can talk to animals, taking a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-On-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world.
When Dr. Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial before General Bellowes. Will Dolittle be freed in time to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail — the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth?
DR. DOLITTLE JR. features book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
Members of the cast include Joshua Higgins, Bellevue, as Dr. John Dolittle; Lottie Arnold, Clyde, as Madeline Mugg; Samuel Coffelt, Bellevue, as Tommy Stubbins; Paul Coffelt, Bellevue, as General Bellowes; Alexa Hammer, Flat Rock, as Emma Fairfax; Jarrett Newsome, Clyde, as Albert Blossom; Alexis Burns, Bellevue, as Gertie Blossom; Amber Bowering, Bellevue, as Berta; Noah D. Englund, Bellevue, as Vladimir; Elise Hill, Clyde, as Mavis; Xavier Walker, Republic, as Straight Arrow; Elijah Schindley, Norwalk, as Bailiff; Ethan Washburn, Norwalk, as Polynesia; Clayton Alley, Bellevue, as Jip; Andrew Lee, Bellevue, as Herbert; Beren Benjamin Dennis, Bellevue, as Dab-Dab; Mikayla Brown, Castalia, as Toggle; Abigail Biggins, Sandusky, as Sheila; Maddie Biedrzycki, Flat Rock, and Olivia Strausbaugh, Clyde, as Pushmi-Pullyu; Delinda Gore, Bellevue, as Rufus; Benny Wright, Bellevue, as Chee-Chee; Karlie Franks, Johnson’s Island, as Sophie; Mitchell McMurray, Clyde, as Nigel; and Kaitlyn Cullen, Bellevue, as Lion/Tiger Tamer.
Villagers of Puddleby-On-the-Marsh: Ayva Alexander, Bellevue; Abigail Elizabeth Bellard, Bellevue; Katie Louise Bellard, Bellevue; Gabby Brown, Castalia; Brooke Coan, Bellevue; Anna Cooper, Bellevue; Madalyn Espinosa, Bellevue; Ella Foos, Bellevue; Kayla Frankart, Clyde; Addison Miller, Bellevue; Hudson Moyer, Bellevue; Maggie Nardecchia, Bellevue; Murphy Rupert Ruffing, Bellevue; Ethan Schindley, Norwalk; Lillian Sosa, Bellevue; Autumn Tollefson, Fremont; Tegan Winget, Bellevue; and Bailey Woodruff, Sandusky.
Sea Star Island Warriors: Chloe Branum, Bellevue; Gabrielle Chapman, Flat Rock; Kenzie Franks, Johnson’s Island; Kalee Hemby, Clyde; Zoë Denver Holland, Lindsey; Carrie-Ann Leibengood, Clyde; and Consetta M. Leonard VII, Bellevue.
Circus Folk: Sam Doster, Bellevue; Allison Gerhardstein, Bellevue; Stepheni Hammer, Flat Rock; Eva Hancock, Flat Rock; Alexandria Hupp, Sandusky; Elaina King, Bellevue; Dakota Lilly, Bellevue; Rose Mira, Bellevue; Morgan Ray, Bellevue; Guinness Paul Ruffing, Bellevue; Sophia Turner, Bellevue; and Hayden M.J. Winget, Bellevue.
Animals: Tiger: Lily Arnold, Clyde; Bear: Olivia Bowers, Fremont; Cat: Brooke Childers, Bellevue; Monkey: Shayleigh Foreman, Whites Landing; Cow: Brady Frankart, Clyde; Duck: Layla Gardner, Bellevue; Dog: Tatum Gore, Bellevue; Sheep: Gavin Horn, Bellevue; Cat: Jessica Jarrett, Bellevue; Mouse: Abegayle Elizabeth Kudro, Bellevue; Chicken: Kaden Miller, Bellevue; Pig: Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulsen, Fremont; Lion: Gabriella Russell, Bellevue; Squirrel: Melody Sommers, Bellevue; Monkey: Owen Strausbaugh, Clyde.
Tickets are $12 for adults 18+ and $8 for adults 60+ and children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-ARTS (2787) for reservations. DR. DOLITTLE JR. is directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold, Clyde; and Heather Walters, Bellevue. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
The Children’s Theatre of Bellevue Society for the Arts is open to all children ages seven through 12 in any school system.