‘The Little Mermaid’ set to open on Thursday

Cast members prepare for their upcoming performances of “The Little Mermaid,” which is set to run from Thursday through Saturday. The play will follow the Disney adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson tale. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — After approximately eight weeks of work, curtains will rise this week as local students bring a classic tale to life.

Mersisters sing under the direction of Sebationa, portrayed by Harley Samuels. During their song, Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella and Allana introduce their youngest sister, Ariel.

Set to open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Big Rapids High School Auditorium, members of the BRHS Theatrical Arts Department will entertain audiences with their performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, which was later adapted to an animated film, “The Little Mermaid” is a love story for the ages, said Director Lori Hathaway. The performance will lead viewers through the story of the mermaid Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, who wishes to pursue the human prince, Eric, in the world above.

“I think this play is very entertaining with memorable music,” Hathaway said. “It has some positive messages about good overcoming evil. There are a lot of funny moments. I think people will laugh and smile a lot.”

Katie McInnis, who directs the show’s music, agreed.

“This play has the kind of music that will be familiar to a lot of people,” she said. “The show is good for all ages.”

People who cannot make the Thursday night performance will have two additional times to catch the show, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Ursula (left), played by Lyra Weirts, watches Ariel from her lair, and talks with her eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, portrayed by Aja Crandall and Abby Strasser.

“This show has been challenging with the unique costumes and technically, with the unique sets,” Hathaway said. “The students have worked really hard, whether, on the technical crew, as cast or in the pit orchestra.”

Tickets for the performance can be purchased at brhsmi.booktix.com or at the door.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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