Under the Sea: Little Mermaid opens Thursday

Under the Sea:  Little Mermaid opens Thursday
Under the Sea:  Little Mermaid opens Thursday
Under the Sea:  Little Mermaid opens Thursday
Under the Sea:  Little Mermaid opens Thursday

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“The Little Mermaid” is about to become part of your world.
Colleen Frease

“The Little Mermaid” is about to become part of your world.

Shawnee Community College in Ullin is putting on Disney’s Little Mermaid Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4.

Tim Frizzell is the Theatre Director at Shawnee Community College. He has been involved every step of the way in preparing for the cast of the Little Mermaid to bring this well-known Disney musical to life. The musical will feature the usual songs as well as a choreographed dance routine.

“Every show has challenges, but this one especially because the entire thing takes place under water,” Frizzell said. “Trying to pretend you are underwater on stage is a little bit difficult, but we have incorporated some scenic backdrop projections. We also have some creative costumes complete with mermaid tales.”

There are 75 cast members with most them being under the age of 10. Frizzell said it can be a challenge having to work with that many people on stage at the same time, but everyone works with it and has a good time.

The lead role of Ariel is being played by Camryn Atkison and Prince Eric is being played by Connor Windings. Many times, actors work to bring their characters to life, but sometimes the character they play has similarities to who they are. Maia Hayden is playing Scuttle, and both are energetic and enthusiastic.

“I think people are going to be surprised by how much talent is happening in this show,” Frizzell said. “Of course, everyone expects to enjoy the show, but we have so many talented performers. I think everyone is going to love the amount of sheer talent that is going to be present on the stage.”

Frizzell put together a team to help decide what play to put on. The team consists of people not just from the college, but also the surrounding community.

The show was selected earlier this year and preparation for opening night has included three weekly rehearsals starting in late August. There will be three dress rehearsals before the opening show at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Frizzell said before the curtain goes up everyone will circle up and come together for a pep talk to get everyone centered and focused on putting on a great show and having fun while doing so.

“The fall show production is a community event, so we wanted to pick a play that we knew would be community friendly,” Frizzell said. “We wanted to make sure this was something families could go to and enjoy together.”

For play tickets or general information, call 618-634-3250 or visit http://www.ShawneeCC.edu