DORSET - Just a couple of weeks ago, in a rehearsal hall full of children, 20 local kids sang and danced their way into The Dorset Players' Holiday Hallapalooza Variety Show.

After just one week of rehearsals, it became clear that the cast of this show was more talented than director, Sherry Kratzer and producer, Tracy Hughes thought possible. As musical director, Gary Schmidt has been working tirelessly with the kids vocally while Erika Schmidt teaches them the choreography. Though entertaining during auditions, in just five evenings together on the Dorset Playhouse stage, the courage and dedication shown by these kids would impress even the most seasoned of entertainers.

Nine year-old newcomer, Jade Marantz, is a tiny package with endless talent. Shaye Squillante is a fifth-grader from Sunderland who has managed to keep a low profile by playing smaller roles, but there's nothing small about her performance in this show. Erin Norton, Emily and Eliza Sullivan, Kaelin and Mylee Downey, and Sage Lalo, join Jade and Shaye in two joyful song and dance numbers. Julian and Adrian Woodrow were a challenge as these boys were so talented that narrowing down their song selections proved daunting. While the Hallapalooza is a children's show, its creators' commitment to casting talent first and then finding material which best showcases that talent, has proven fruitful. This show is a must see for everyone! Performances will be held at the Dorset Playhouse Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec.


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1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults ($10 for members), $8 for students, and free for children 5 and under. Call the Players' box office at (802) 867-5777 starting Nov. 26 for tickets.