Play Inc. Community Theatre Junior Theatre Troupe is proud to bring to life on stage, the under-the-sea production of Disney’s, “The Little Mermaid Jr.”
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production.
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and 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 the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
Under the direction of the Play Inc. artistic team of Viva Anderson, Shannon Shogren, Aaron Knudsvig, Tim Anderson, Kellie O’Brien, and Jenna Pulkrabek, rehearsals began June 16 for the upcoming July performances.
The Junior Troupe works to learn theatre basics using creativity and inspiration which doesn’t always include making the show just like “the movie,” but rather bringing out each person’s own talents, abilities, and imagination.
Rehearsing 12-hours a week, the Junior Troupe has worked to deepen their stage and theatre skills by developing their characters and learning how to “bring to life” this well-known show, written for middle school voices.
Using full staging, costuming, set-design, and lighting, this show is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Performances will be at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School, Friday and Saturday, July 18 and July 19 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.playinconline.org, by clicking on “tickets.” Audience members are invited to take pictures with Ariel on the stage set, starting 15 minutes after curtain call following each performance.
Little Mermaid Jr. Cast List:
Body Electric Soloist: Becca Maikkula
Ariel: Samantha Swanson
Sebastian: Nola Nelson
Scuttle: Nicholas Kase
Back Up Gulls: Chloe Carstensen Sage Chapman, Maggie Grandgenett, Molly Hennen, and Annastina Wessel
Flounder: Olivia Sickler
King Triton: Wyatt Miller
Flotsam: Bekah Gomes
Jetsam: Shiri Samsa
Ursala: Izzy Larsen
Mersisters: Annie Fredlund, Amanda Hosch, Annie Lind, Addie Miller, Abby Shogren, and Chloe Truebenbach
Prince Eric: Andrew Pauly
Grimsby: John Dimassis
Chef Louis: Lee Duram
Chefs: Anders Baxter, Christian Bien, Sam Haseth, Kaia Kirkeide, Ashleigh Kroschel, Caleb Merwin, Sam Titus, Henry Truebenbach
Carlotta: Maria Knutson
Princesses: Sage Chapman, Raeann Goetz, Molly Hennen, Hailey O’Connor, Kelese Patton, Annastina Wessel
Pilot: Caleb Merwin
Sailors: Anders Baxter, Caleb Merwin, Callahan Pokela, Christian Bien, Henry Baxter, Henry Truebenbach, Jack Hennen, Lee Duram, Sam Haseth, Will Wessel
Sea Color: Anders Baxter, Caleb Merwin, Chloe Carstensen, Christian Bien, Henry Truebenbach, Kaia Kirkeide, Lee Duram, Maria Knutson, Molly Hennen, Raeann Goetz, Sage Chapman, Sam Haseth, Sam Titus
Fish: Becca Maikkula, Brenna Peck, Kate Larson, Maggie Grandgenett, Sadie Baxter
Sea Turtle: Jett Anderson
Jelly Fish: Annastina Wessel, Kiara Marohn, Kelese Patton, Jordan Merwin, Hailey O’Connor, Gabby Holboy, AnnaGrace Nelson
Squid: Callahan Pokela, Jack Hennen, Will Wessel
Star Fish: Ashleigh Kroschel, Macinzey Maas, Emily Hagland
Sea Horses: Adalee Donahue, Henry Baxter