CASSTOWN — ‘The Little Mermaid’ will swim right into your hearts when students take the stage at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Miami East High School.
Set under and above the high seas, “The Little Mermaid” (based on Disney’s classic film) tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king.
One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she becomes instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch (and Triton’s sister). With the help of her friends Flounder, Sebastian and Scuttle, she sets off to experience the life she dreams of on land.
“Having worked with the musical for the last 10 or so years, I can confidently say that this is probably our biggest show to date at Miami East,” said Kristy Hurst, intervention specialist who works with the school’s spring productions. “This production of ‘Little Mermaid’ has been in the works for two years and that has allowed us plenty of time to incorporate several fun special effects that we hope the audience will love. We worked with a team at MadCap Puppets to bring Flounder, Sebastian and Scuttle to life and we are sure that these characters will bring an extra element of fun to the show.”
Hurst said also in the true Disney spirit, they are hosting a pancake breakfast with the characters from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school cafeteria.
“Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle will all be present for pictures and meet and greets,” Hurst said. “This is a donation-only event designed to help make the show that much more fun for our younger audience members.”
The cast for MEHS’s production includes:
Ariel: Miranda Rike
Prince Eric: Bryce Redick
Pilot: TJ Turner
Grimsby: Seth Teeters
Flounder: Ethan Fine
Scuttle: Kaytee Macy
King Triton: Braden Redick
Windward: Sydni Scott
Leeward: Whitley Gross
Sebastian: Jackson Tucker
Aquata/Princess No. 1: Emma Vallery
Andrina/Princess No. 2: Emily Rowley
Arista/Princess No. 3: Kyah Rowley
Atina/Princess No. 4: Marie Cook
Adella/Princess No. 5: Rebecca Patch
Allana/Princess No. 6: Abby Bollinger
Flotsam: Erica Justice
Jetsam: Kari Willenbrink
Ursula: Hannah Carpenter
Chef Louis: Alex Heim
Maid No. 1: Anna Puthoff
Maid No. 2: Emily Thimmes
Maid No. 3: Hailey Weaver
Maid No. 4: Haley Demmit
Chef No. 1: James Rowley
Chef No. 2: TJ Turner
Chef No. 3: Sydni Scott
Chef No. 4: Alyssa Anderson
Ensemble: Alyssa Anderson, Haley Demmit, Garrett Green, Whitley Gross, Stella Hazel, Gavin Horne, Angelique LeMaster, Meredith McDowell, Anna Puthoff, James Rowley, Adrianna Santellanes-Contini, Sydni Scott, Emily Thimmes, TJ Turner, Aliegha Ulsh, Hailey Weaver and Lindsey Yingst.
“Our cast has been an amazingly hard-working group and we think that they have done a fantastic job transporting us to Ariel’s world, ‘Under the Sea,’” Hurst said.
Other production staff includes Krissy Hartman, director; Kevin Brown, assistant director; Paul Smith, choreographer; Ken Deweese, music director; Chris Weddle, orchestra director; and Mark Iiames, producer.
Tickets are on sale in the high school office and will be available at the door for $8 general admission and $10 reserved seating. Student general admission ticket prices (with parent admission) are kindergarten and younger, free; and first through fifth grade for $5.