On Sale to the Public – Spring, 2021

THE HARDEST PART OF FALLING IN LOVE IS TAKING THE FIRST STEP!

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

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.

Opens: Spring, 2021
Closes: Spring, 2021
Location: TBD

Music | ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics | HOWARD ASHMAN & GLENN SLATER
Book | DOUG WRIGHT
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.

Schedule: Check back, Spring, 2021

Tickets: On Sale to the Public – Spring, 2021
All Tickets: $15. Individual | $30. Household for streaming only

Direction | MADDISON GILCREASE
Choreography | KAITLYN BUNDRICK – BROWN
Musical Direction & Scenic Design | MADDISON GILCREASE & AIDEN POLING
Costume Design | MADDISON GILCREASE
Sound & Video Design & Direction | AIDEN POLING

2021 Spring Production Class
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (Junior Edition)

ENROLLMENT INFO |
Enrollment is open to students ages 8 – 18. Enrollment ended on January 9,

IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our production class, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the class’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SOPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s abilities and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will be posted during the second week of class. All students interested in our production classes are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for it’s success. We allow each student to submit two absences during contract provided they are approved prior to the first class, and do not fall within two weeks of performances. We ask that you check below for dates and times before enrolling, so that the rehearsal schedule can be thoughtfully made with no last-minute hiccups/absences. If you are unsure about some conflicts with our schedule, please feel free to ask us so we can help you decide if it’s realistically something you have time to make such a big commitment to. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT.

OVERVIEW SCHEDULE FOR Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (Junior Edition)
Open Enrollment – November 30, 2020 – January 9, 2021

REHEARSALS (Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4:30-6:30, and Saturdays, 10:00-1:00)

Schedule:
AUDITIONS  – JANUARY 9 (10:00 – 1:00) & (IF NEEDED) JANUARY 10 (2:00 – 5:00)

WEEK 1 – JANUARY 13, 14 (4:30-6:30) & JANUARY 16 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 2 – JANUARY 20, 21 (4:30-6:30) & JANUARY 23 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 3 – JANUARY 27, 28 (4:30-6:30) & JANUARY 30 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 4 – FEBRUARY 3, 4 (4:30-6:30) & FEBRUARY 6 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 5 – FEBRUARY 10, 11 (4:30-6:30) & FEBRUARY 13 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 6 – FEBRUARY 18 (4:30-6:30) & FEBRUARY 20 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 7 – FEBRUARY 24, 25 (4:30-6:30) & FEBRUARY 27 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 8 – MARCH 3, 4 (4:30-6:30) & MARCH 6 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 9 – MARCH 10, 11 (4:30-6:30) & MARCH 13 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 10 – MARCH 24, 25 (4:30-6:30) & MARCH 27 (10:00-1:00)
WEEK 11 – MARCH 31, APRIL 1 (4:30-6:30) & APRIL 3 (10:00-1:00
PERFORMANCES – TBD

 

“More than just a visual feast. Combines story, song and inventive staging into something that lifts our spirits and renews our faith that theater for ‘children’ can be enjoyed by everyone.” – TIME Magazine

“A musical that does justice to the lovely film from which it sprang.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Disney’s done it again! I’m glad to say this baby really swims. Just gorgeous – full of Disney magic!” – Good Day NY

THE LITTLE MERMAID JR CAST

Enrollment closed on January 9, 2021.

Ariel
Ariel, the heroine of our story, is a little mermaid who longs to be human. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role. Ariel has some beautiful solos but must be able to convey meaning through gesture once she loses her voice.

Prince Eric
Prince Eric is the adventurous prince who captures Ariel’s heart. Look for a charming performer with a sensitive nature. Prince Eric has a few small solos, but it is more important to cast a strong actor in this role.

Sebastian
Sebastian is the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show! Look for a strong singer who can also handle Sebastian’s emotional range.

Flounder
Flounder is Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend who is loyal to the end. This spunky fish also has a show-stopping solo in “She’s in Love.” Flounder can be cast with a girl or a boy with an unchanged voice. This may be a wonderful role for a younger performer who is ready to take the next step into the spotlight.

King Triton
KING TRITON rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. This non-singer needs to command the stage as a strong leader but also show the tenderness of a parent. Cast a mature performer who feels comfortable playing father to Ariel and the Mersisters.

Mersisters
The Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel’s siblings and full of personality and sass. These are great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters.

Ursula
Ursula is the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s humor while finding texture in Ursula’s complexity. Ursula’s songs can be challenging, so look for a singer who will feel comfortable with these solos.

Tentacles
The Tentacles are extensions of Ursula, perhaps the poor unfortunate souls who are now trapped in her lair. Look for six or eight performers who work well together and can move as a unit.

Flotsam
Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Flotsam and Jetsam can be played by boys or girls.

Jetsam
Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Flotsam and Jetsam can be played by boys or girls.

Scuttle
Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on humans. He is funny and off-beat. While a good singer will rock “Human Stuff,” this song can easily be spoken in rhythm. Look for a performer with good comedic timing who is willing to have fun with Scuttle’s eccentricities.

Gulls
The Gulls are Scuttle’s flock of zany “back-up singers” who help explain human stuff to Ariel. While there are three principal gulls written in the score, feel free to add as many as you need to best serve your production. The Gulls’ solos can be spoken if necessary.

Grimsby
Grimsby is Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne. While Grimsby does have some singing to do, strong acting trumps singing ability for this role.

Chef Louis
Chef Louis is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic performer.

Chefs
The Chefs are Chef Louis’s assistants. The music in “Les Poissons” can be challenging, so good choral singers are a plus for this group. Your Chefs can also double as members of the Sea Chorus.

Carlotta
Carlotta is the headmistress in Prince Eric’s palace and Ariel’s greatest human ally. This non-singing role needs to be warm and maternal to make Ariel feel welcome.

Princesses
The six Princesses try everything they can to win the heart of Prince Eric. Since none of them possesses the voice Prince Eric is searching for, cast actresses who can create an exaggerated and comedic personality through song. The six Princesses can double as the six Mersisters.

Pilot
The Pilot is the head sailor on Prince Eric’s ship. This nautical expert who entertains the sailors with wild tales of the sea presents an opportunity to highlight a developing performer. The Pilot has a few speaking lines, but his singing voice is most important.

Sailors
The Sailors are the crew of Prince Eric’s ship. They are eager for adventure and ready to tackle a storm. The Sailors can be played by boys or girls and can double as Sea Chorus.

Seahorse
The Seahorse is the court herald for King Triton. This non-singing part is a good role for a young performer with a clear speaking voice.

Sea Chorus
The Sea Chorus is responsible for creating each world within the show. Look for performers who can move gracefully and are capable of being part of a scene without drawing focus. This can also be an opportunity to showcase some of your more skilled dancers. The Sea Chorus can double as Merfolk, Sea Creatures and Lagoon Animals.

Sea Creatures
The Sea Creatures are the ensemble under water animals in King Triton’s court. They can include as few or as many performers as your production permits. There are several moments to showcase both dancers and singers in “Under the Sea.”

Merfolk
The Merfolk of King Triton’s Court and can double as Sea Creatures.

Lagoon Animals
The Lagoon Animals try to convince Prince Eric to kiss Ariel. This ensemble can double as the Sea Creatures.

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