Area students entering grades three through eight in the fall may register for the Schoolcraft Drama Department’s Musical Theatre Day Camp which will be held June 16 to June 27.
Participants will be producing Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and then presenting the musical to the public for three performances at the Schoolcraft High School Performing Arts Center, starting June 27 and running through July 4.
The 60-minute musical, designed for younger, school-aged performers, is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The cast needs approximately 18-25 students, and will be led by director Christine Sargeant.
“I remember seeing Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’when I was young, and it has remained one of my most favorite of the Disney fairy tales,” said Sargeant. “What I love about Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’is the number of really fun roles for both boys and girls. Sebastian, Flounder, The Mersisters and, of course, Ariel, Prince Eric and the deliciously devious Ursula. I am really excited to reintroduce this fantastic story to a new batch of young people through the lens of a stage production.”
Each student who attends camp will be cast, and all major roles will be double-cast if there are enough participants, Sargeant said. They also need students who are more interested in learning the technical aspects of running a show such as lights, sound, stage or music direction, choreography, and marketing.
This production contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show, according to Sargeant. “The Little Mermaid Jr.” takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
The performances of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”are open to the public at the Schoolcraft High School Performing Arts Center, 551 E. Lyons, on June 27 at 7 p.m.; June 29 at 5 p.m.; and July 4 at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.