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Poster for The Little Rascals. The characters recreated for the show included Spanky (Jason Minor), Buckwheat, Scotty, Waldo (Devon Michaels), Stymie (Dulé Hill), Alfalfa, Darla (Jenna von Oÿ), and Pete the Pup (Jake the Dog).

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The young cast.

The Little Rascals was a short-lived stage musical based on Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies. The play was directed by Robert Nigro and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, with songs written by Sesame Street composer Joe Raposo. The play was a notable early performance for then-unknown actors such as Dulé Hill and Jenna von Oÿ. It premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House on October 7, 1987 and closed on December 20, 1987.

Production Notes

Length:
Producer: Frannie Lee
Director: Robert Nigro, Lynn Crigler (musical director), Michael P. Price (executive director)
Choreography: Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Writer: Michael Loman, Joe Raposo (music and lyrics)
Conductor: Mark C. Mitchell
Scenery: James Leonard Joy
Costumes: Frannie Lee
Lighting: Craig Miller
Released: October 7, 1987 through December 20, 1987
Theater: Goodspeed Opera House

Main Cast

  • Betsy Joslyn
  • Dulé Hill - Stymie
  • Devon Michaels - Waldo
  • Eric Michael Hailey
  • Erick Devine
  • Eugene J. Anthony
  • Jake - Pete the Pup
  • Jason Minor - Spanky
  • Jenna von Oÿ - Darla
  • Joe Duquette - Joe Hood
  • John Deyle
  • Ken Jennings
  • Kevin Joseph
  • Richard Schuh
  • Ronn Caroll

Supporting Cast

  • Anita Flanagan
  • Edward Prostak - P.P. White
  • Jack Rowles, Jr.
  • James Van Treuren - Rev. J. Walter Peckinworth
  • Jane Wasser
  • Jill Powell
  • Lee Mathis
  • Michael Mulheren
  • Rollie Mayo

The Short

Plot: Spanky, Alfalfa, Stymie, Buckwheat, Scotty, Darla, Pete, and the rest of the Gang plot to save their clubhouse from demolition by the local bad guy politicians of Maribelle Corners.

Quotes:

  • None

Notes/Trivia:

  • Music conductor Mark C. Mitchell met his future wife, actress Betsy Joslyn, during production.
  • Pete the Pup was played by a live dog named "Jake".

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