Little Mermaid Jr. comes to life on Cambridge stage

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.

Pictured from left are Shiri Samsa (Jetsam); Izzy Larsen (Ursula); and Bekah Gomes (Flotsam). Little Mermaid Jr. opens on stage July 18 at the Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Pictured in the center is Nola Nelson (Sebastian).
Photos by Rachel Kytonen Pictured from left are John Dimassis (Grimsby); Andrew Pauly (Prince Eric); Samantha Swanson (Ariel); Nola Nelson (Sebastian); and Wyatt Miller (King Triton). Samantha Swanson (Ariel); Andrew Pauly (Prince Eric) Meet the Mersisters. From left are Chloe Truebenbach, Addie Miller, Annie Fredlund, Abby Shogren, Annie Lind and Amanda Hosch.
Little Mermaid Jr. opens on stage July 18 at the Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Pictured in the center is Nola Nelson (Sebastian). Photos by Rachel Kytonen

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, 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