After months of hard work and preparation, a dedicated cast of 80 students raised the curtain on this year's Middle School production of The Little Mermaid. To the delight of family, fellow students, staff, and alumni the cast put on five performances of the Disney family favorite. The shows ran on April 26, 27, 29, and twice on the 30th.
The ensemble cast featured students in the following roles: Anna Bianco as Ariel, Solly Cohen as Prince Eric, Matias Corona as Sebastian, Dabeen Huyen as Ursula, Meron Watkins as Queen Triton, Tomas Jonsson as Flounder, Toby Tilley as Scuttle and Brady Traugot as Grimsby.
In addition to those who appeared on stage the production would not have been possible without the support of the hard-working production team and stage crew.
"This truly has been a team effort of gargantuan proportions. The show's strength was due to the skill and dedication of the production crew who trained and supported the students to create and develop their characters, and feel confident to deliver the story clearly by opening night. This, they did splendidly and I could not be more proud of their achievements," remarked show director, Timothy Hall.
Based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. Last year the Middle School presented Disney's The Lion King.
The audience was delighted to hear favorites such as Part of Your World, Under the Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, and Les Poissons. Whether numbers were sung by soloists or ensemble, they showed the cast's range and ability to capture the excitement, humor, and timeless message of the story. In recognition of the student's work several of the songs received rousing ovations from the audience.
It has been a very busy time for the Theatre Department. In February, they worked with Tut House students to put on a rousing production of Urinetown. To wrap up a successful year in May the Junior School's first-ever musical, Dear Edwina, will run next week from May 11-13.