Mermaid

Ava Dunton (Ariel, in front) will appear in ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a Broadway Musical,” at Lewisburg Area High School with (back from left) Josh Nicholls, Michael Hernandez, Matt Driscoll and Sam Darer.

LEWISBURG — High school musical season, a harbinger of spring, is here.

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a Broadway Musical” will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Lewisburg Area High School.

Tickets are now available at www.lewisburgmusical.org.

“The Little Mermaid,” the musical version, is based on the 1989 Disney film and the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. It is the tale of Ariel, a mermaid, who dreams of life above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.

Lynne Berg, who retired after the first musical in the new high school, was called upon to direct. She noted that staging “The Little Mermaid” was more complex than last year’s show when the crew was getting used to the new theater.

Undersea effects are augmented by “black” light, which allows some details of costuming to be highlighted.

Berg noted that some of the music is different than what was included in the animated movie.

“It is fun and is great for kids,” Berg observed. “It is about pursuing your dreams and being who you are.”

Some of the cast are already veterans of previous productions, including Emily Alico (Flounder), who appeared in “Hello, Dolly!” a year ago. Alico said the role as Ariel’s best friend was a pleasure to learn,

“It’s just so much fun,” Alico said. “The costumes are amazing.”

Jake Rothman (Scuttle) said his role permits acting extemporaneously.

“Scuttle is the bird that thinks he knows everything, but in reality knows nothing at all,” Rothman said. “It is a wonderful role to play because being crazy could not be more fun.”

Maids and a bathtub appear during the show, so that Ariel may take a bath.

Two actors have been cast for the same roles in some cases, while other actors are appearing in more than one role. Berg credited some students who are new to the district for providing a little extra competition.

The cast with their roles includes Ava Dunton, Rachel Wakeman (Ariel), David Swanson, Peter Marrara (Sebastian), Emily Alico, Nicole Dugeau (Flounder), Michael Hernandez, Jarrett Bremigen (Eric), Giselle Taylor, Jake Rothman (Scuttle), Rachel Henry, Abby Carney (Ursula), Josh Nicholls and Elijah Zimmerman-Comas (Triton).

Noelle Reichard (Flotsam), Hannah Abou-Eid (Jetsam), Sam Darer, Nick Jacobson (Grimsby), Derek Guissanie (Pilot, Chef), Matheu Davenport (Leeward) Noah Shabahang (Windward) and Annika Mossel, Aleah Spiro, Isee Martine, Makayla Gallegos and Ava Lamb appeared as Mersisters/princesses.

Alexa Binney, Grace Harrison, Emma Kristjanson-Gural and Sarah Mahoney appeared as maids. Matt Driscolll, Annika Mossel, Izzy Devett, Kristjanson-Gural, Guissanie, Jacobson appeared as Scuttle’s birds. Sous chefs included Katie Allen, Binney, Sarah Bond, Alyssa DaDalt, Driscoll, Jackson Erickson, Arriana Ferrar, Molly Gill, Laura Haefner, Harrison, Hunter, Kristjanson-Gural, Katie Leister, Mallory Linder, Sarah Mahoney, Olivia Manner. Lauren Pavlechko and Lauren Santanen and Sophia Waughn.

Staff Writer Matt Farrand can be reached at 570-742-9671 and via email at matt@standard-journal.com.

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