Middle School Musical – The Little Mermaid
The Middle School staged a delightful production of The Littlest Mermaid. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.
Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”
The Little Mermaid Jr is one of the Disney favourites and it has been our delight to bring this junior version to the stage. It is essentially a love story about crossing boundaries to find true love and we hope we have captured the endearing spirit of this much loved musical with our production.
We realised that this musical offered wide casting prospects by having scope for four choruses which enabled us to increase the cast tremendously and so afforded more students the opportunity to be involved in this incredibly valuable experience. Of course this was not without its costuming or rehearsal challenges and I can’t speak highly enough of the staff and wonderful parental support, without which we may not have been able to produce the fantastic costuming or set pieces that you will see during the performance.
Parents have been so involved in the building, painting, sewing, designing, organising, prop management, collecting, costuming and hair and make-up that this really has been a combined staff, student and parent effort. Parents were often racing between attendance at rehearsals and whisking their children off to make other after school commitments and have bent over backwards to accommodate production demands, for which we and the students are eternally grateful.
With Lauren’s wonderful choreography, Nick’s excellent vocal coaching and a little direction from myself and others, some careful scheduling, a heap of parental assistance, after school support from staff and not to mention the sheer dedication and determination from all students involved to learn dance choreography, singing vocals and lines with appropriate expression; we finally have a show which I hope will prove all our efforts worthwhile and is one that I am personally very proud of!
I wanted to personally acknowledge the support and wonderful work of (in no particular order) Lauren Young, Nick Stansbie, Helen McIntosh, Sarah Sharp, Katie Lee, Pauline Postlethwaite, Christine Heeley, Judi Eppingstall, Mr and Mrs Blenkiron, Michelle Green, Jo Ashman, Julia Addison, Fiona Lyons and Michelle Chapis as well as many more parents, staff, students, stage hands and painters behind the scenes. Thank you all so much.