Under the Sea


SOTR to offer ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Brett Chesser portrays “Ariel” while Jacob Starry portrays “Prince Eric” during a School on the Rock production of The Little Mermaid this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, the Hangar.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Laura Beth Fraley portrays “Ursula” while Brett Chesser portrays “Ariel” during a School on the Rock production of The Little Mermaid this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, the Hangar.


The Cast

Students from Troy, Tipp City, Vandalia, West Milton, Huber Heights, Englewood, Union, Dayton and Medway are performing in the show, they include:

Cast list: Ariel – Brett Chesser, Prince Eric — Jacob Starry, Ursula — Laura Beth Fraley, Sebastian — Macy Starry, Scuttle — Noah Hill, Flounder — Hallie Starry, King Triton — Elijah Knost, Chef Louis — Erik Detweiler, Grimsby — Josh Daniel, Pilot (Ship Captain) — Nathan Scott, Carlotta — Rachel Christenson, Flotsam — Nathan Burton and Jetsam — Jacob Early.

Mersisters/Princesses: Emily Scott, Elizabeth McDaniel, Courtney Marker, Julie Pardoe, Olivia Early, Briana Oroszi.

Seagull Quartet (with Scuttle): Noah Hill – Scuttle, Ryan Hill, Nikos Kladitis, Isaac Newhouse.

Sailors: Aaron Davis, Carter Newhouse, Stephen Mattingly.

Under the Sea Chorus: (Mersisters also) David Vance — jellyfish, Aaron Davis — fish, Logan Wolf — jellyfish, Marcus Watson — jellyfish, Carter Newhouse — fish, Stephen Mattingly — fish, Abbey Burton — seaweed, Casey Daniel — seaweed, Hannah Claude – fish, Sam Claude — fish, Eden Kladitis — fish, Phoebe Kladitis – sea anemone, Kali Wolf — fish, Rachel Christenson – sea horse, Lauren Christenson – sea horse, Katie Mattingly – sea anemone, Nathan Scott – fish, Curtis Wackler — jellyfish.

Chefs — David Vance, Aaron Davis, David Benallo, Sam Claude, Logan Wolf, Marcus Watson, Carter Newhouse, Stephen Mattingly, Abbey Burton, Casey Daniel, Reese Benallo, Hannah Claude, Eden Kladitis, Phoebe Kladitis, Kali Wolf, Katie Mattingly, Kylie Aldridge, Lauren Christenson, Nathan Scott and Curtis Wackler.

Lagoon Chorus — Kylie Aldridge, David Benallo, Reese Benallo, Noah Hill — Scuttle, Ryan Hill — bird, Nikos Kladitis — bird, Isaac Newhouse — bird, Abbey Burton, Casey Daniel, Hannah Claude, Kali Wolf, Rachel Christenson, Lauren Christenson, Nathan Scott.

By Melody Vallieu

mvallieu@civitasmedia.com

VANDALIA — School on the Rock Home School Co-op has a “tail” to tell this week when students present “Little Mermaid Jr.”

The production will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and again at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and returns to The Hangar at First Baptist Church, 615 S. Dixie Drive, Vandalia. Doors open one half hour prior to show time. Shows have completely sold out, except for the 6 p.m. Saturday show that was added to serve more people after all other production dates sold out in pre-sale. Tickets for the 6 p.m. Saturday show are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door; and children 2 and under are admitted free if sitting on a parent’s lap.

Amy Fraley, director of the “Little Mermaid Jr.,” said the production is not only a musical to share with the community, but an important fundraiser for the annual SOTR high school trip to New York City. Fraley said a portion of each ticket sale returns back to the students to help fund their trip, so if you know a student in the production, please purchase your tickets directly from them. All other ticket inquiries can be made at nayburt1427@gmail.com.

Fraley said she chose “Little Mermaid Jr.” this year because it is a well-known story, and an engaging, high-energy show that is very child and family friendly. She said the junior version also is a shorter show than the Broadway version, so those with little ones don’t have to worry about them getting as fidgety.

First-time producer is Amy Early, who has been the previous music director.

“She has really stepped out of the area of her passion (music) as we didn’t have anyone to produce. She has done a fabulous job,” Fraley said. “She is one of those rare and special people that can be extremely creative and then switch over to ultra-organized the next minute.”

Fraley said it is bittersweet to watch the kids dance this year because after 28 years of home schooling, Ruth Scott, choreographer, is graduating her final senior class. She has choreographed and helped direct musicals for SOTR for 10 years.

“She gave me the encouragement and guidance to take over as director five years ago, and she will be terribly missed!” Fraley said.

In her role as producer, Fraley said it is one of the highlights of her year to work on the production.

“It’s truly a joy to work with this amazing group of young people (ages range from seventh through 12th grade). Sometimes I think these kids don’t realize the talent and potential they have,” Fraley said. “I’m always tickled to sit back and watch them shine on the stage. They do a lot of hard work at rehearsal in the months before the show, but we also spend a good amount of time laughing and having fun.”

Fraley said she invites the community to come out and see what the show — and the students have to offer.

“If you love a good romance, mixed with zany characters that will keep you laughing, and fun music that you can’t help sing along to, bring your family and join us for School on the Rock’s performance of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ Dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea!” Fraley said.

“They are amazing kids … and they give their best to put on a fabulous show,” Fraley said.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Brett Chesser portrays “Ariel” while Jacob Starry portrays “Prince Eric” during a School on the Rock production of The Little Mermaid this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, the Hangar.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2016/04/web1_160412aDw_School_Mermaid_6398.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Brett Chesser portrays “Ariel” while Jacob Starry portrays “Prince Eric” during a School on the Rock production of The Little Mermaid this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, the Hangar.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Laura Beth Fraley portrays “Ursula” while Brett Chesser portrays “Ariel” during a School on the Rock production of The Little Mermaid this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, the Hangar.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2016/04/web1_160412aDw_School_Mermaid_6462.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Laura Beth Fraley portrays “Ursula” while Brett Chesser portrays “Ariel” during a School on the Rock production of The Little Mermaid this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, the Hangar.
SOTR to offer ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’

The Cast

Students from Troy, Tipp City, Vandalia, West Milton, Huber Heights, Englewood, Union, Dayton and Medway are performing in the show, they include:

Cast list: Ariel – Brett Chesser, Prince Eric — Jacob Starry, Ursula — Laura Beth Fraley, Sebastian — Macy Starry, Scuttle — Noah Hill, Flounder — Hallie Starry, King Triton — Elijah Knost, Chef Louis — Erik Detweiler, Grimsby — Josh Daniel, Pilot (Ship Captain) — Nathan Scott, Carlotta — Rachel Christenson, Flotsam — Nathan Burton and Jetsam — Jacob Early.

Mersisters/Princesses: Emily Scott, Elizabeth McDaniel, Courtney Marker, Julie Pardoe, Olivia Early, Briana Oroszi.

Seagull Quartet (with Scuttle): Noah Hill – Scuttle, Ryan Hill, Nikos Kladitis, Isaac Newhouse.

Sailors: Aaron Davis, Carter Newhouse, Stephen Mattingly.

Under the Sea Chorus: (Mersisters also) David Vance — jellyfish, Aaron Davis — fish, Logan Wolf — jellyfish, Marcus Watson — jellyfish, Carter Newhouse — fish, Stephen Mattingly — fish, Abbey Burton — seaweed, Casey Daniel — seaweed, Hannah Claude – fish, Sam Claude — fish, Eden Kladitis — fish, Phoebe Kladitis – sea anemone, Kali Wolf — fish, Rachel Christenson – sea horse, Lauren Christenson – sea horse, Katie Mattingly – sea anemone, Nathan Scott – fish, Curtis Wackler — jellyfish.

Chefs — David Vance, Aaron Davis, David Benallo, Sam Claude, Logan Wolf, Marcus Watson, Carter Newhouse, Stephen Mattingly, Abbey Burton, Casey Daniel, Reese Benallo, Hannah Claude, Eden Kladitis, Phoebe Kladitis, Kali Wolf, Katie Mattingly, Kylie Aldridge, Lauren Christenson, Nathan Scott and Curtis Wackler.

Lagoon Chorus — Kylie Aldridge, David Benallo, Reese Benallo, Noah Hill — Scuttle, Ryan Hill — bird, Nikos Kladitis — bird, Isaac Newhouse — bird, Abbey Burton, Casey Daniel, Hannah Claude, Kali Wolf, Rachel Christenson, Lauren Christenson, Nathan Scott.

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