Oct. 09--Rivertowne Players' youth group, the Rising Stars, opens the first of six performances of "The Little Mermaid Jr." on Friday.
It is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker.
The story goes to a magical kingdom fathoms below the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel -- played by Georgie Blackerby -- longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
But first she will have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric -- played by Dalton Dziwanowski -- that she is the girl with the enchanting voice.
The book is by Doug Wright; music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, "The Little Mermaid, JR."
It features the hit songs, "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea." The show is being presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
It is directed by Aaron Williams, produced by Terry Daniels, with vocal direction by Kim Scott and choreography by Derek Jordan.
Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at the Bank of the Arts on Middle Street. Call 638-2577. Tickets at the door are $12 and $10 students with valid school ID.
Shows at the historic Masonic Theatre on Hancock Street are Friday and Saturday, and again Oct. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. There will be 3 p.m. matinees on Sunday and Oct. 20.
Characters and actors include: Ariel -- Georgie Blackerby; Ursula -- Madison Marcantel; Prince Eric -- Dalton Dziwanowski; Grimsby -- Tevondre Bryant/Johnathan King; Flounder -- Phoebe McFarland; Chef Louis -- Meghan Bobbitt; Mersister Arista -- Tori Eure; Mersister Allana -- Kristina Genovese; Mersister Aquata -- Mimi Bobbitt; Mersister Adella -- Anna Dziwanowski; Mersister Adrina -- Sierra Kerkenides; Mersister Atina -- Jessie Kachur; King Triton -- Austin Hewlette; Sebastian -- Addison Harvill; Pilot -- Wes Gerard/Kelly Rogers; Scuttle -- Caleb Pulchalski; Flotsam -- Neriah Chadwick; Jetsam -- Naomi Chadwick; Carlotta -- Kelly Rogers; and Seahorse -- Ben Grear.
Ensemble cast members include: Tessa McFarland, Tristan McPhail, Nick Shorter, Nicholas Wilson, Maggie Galloway, Michaela Wilson, Mia Dziwanowski, Teegan SinClair Molly McDowell, Sarah Fentress, Kyas Harvill, Aisa Harvill, Nora Blalock, Kendall Brice, Shelby Thomas, Lauren Parsons, Cadence Hight, Jessica Flye, Allie Papuga, Kelly Rogers and Addison Edwards.
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