Mountain Green Elementary students delightfully presented “Little Mermaid Jr.” on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, in four separate showings, two for each cast. As the lights dimmed and the curtain opened revealing a fully-decorated stage resembling Prince Eric’s ship, the gym full of adoring parents, family members and friends grew quiet in eager anticipation of the show. From the opening musical number “Fathoms Below” to the final reprise of “Under the Sea”, the young performers acted, sang and danced with unfettered enthusiasm that infectiously filled the gym.
The costuming and scenery provided by Spotlight Children’s Theater helped transport viewers to the nautical world of Ariel and her family as she struggles to find her place in two worlds. Although I was only able to see the Yellow Cast perform Saturday evening, all reports point to equally great performances by the Blue Cast.
“We are thrilled with the performances,” Director Liza Telford shared before the final show. “It has been a lot of work, but the kids have loved it, and we’ve had so much support.”
Each of the four performances filled the gym with approximately 400 people. The flat floor made it a bit of a challenge for everyone to see all of the action on the stage, but didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the spectators. Many children chose to move to the side to get a better view.
Overall, the production was a grand success for everyone involved. “It was so exciting to be able to have this opportunity for our kids,” Erika Lowder, mom of Maggie who played Ursula in the Yellow Cast, later noted. “I am so glad they had an opportunity to participate. It was amazing for their confidence and for them to learn to work together and learn to do something hard. There were so many amazing life lessons learned!”
Congratulations to the performers, parents and Spotlight Children’s Theater on a great production. Rumor has it that this is the start of a new tradition of drama at MGES.