MV Fine Arts Academy to present ‘The Little Mermaid JR’

Matt Seifert, Prince Eric and Melanie Davis, Ariel, at Saturday afternoons play rehearsal. See more photos on page B8. Photo by Theresa Bratcher

Matt Seifert, Prince Eric and Melanie Davis, Ariel, at Saturday afternoons play rehearsal. See more photos on page B8. Photo by Theresa Bratcher

In the tradition of Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin and The Lion King, the Mount Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy will present the Walt Disney’s heartwarming The Little Mermaid JR on March 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and again on March 15 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 pm.. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.
The cast of fifty five includes twenty one elementary school students (Sea Creatures) from Mount Vernon. Cast members are: Tyler Sellers (Pilot), Mat Seifert (Prince Eric), Austin Denning (Grimsby), Craig Beeson, Lane Blankenship, Andrew Evans, Matthew Evinger, Elijah Gray, Brendon Schmitt (Sailors), Kiara Jesch (Seahorse), Marshall Hadley (King Triton), Micheal Stephens-Emerson (Sebastian), Aurora Augulis, Destiny Elliott, Caitlin Gross, Kalin Hastings, Jillian Koch, Ellie Plunkett (Mersisters/Princesses), Melanie Davis (Ariel), Hillary May (Flounder), Andrew Evans (Scuttle), Olivia Martin (Ursula), Alyssa Juncker (Flotsam), Erin Garman (Jetsam), Carlotta (Cara Hoskins), Elijah Gray (Chef Louis), Craig Beeson, Lane Blankenship, Gabrielle Butler, Matthew Evinger, Jo Kloepping, Denise King, Micah Powers, Brendon Schmitt (Chefs), Chrissy Carron, Mary Girten, Crysta Granderson, Denise King, Kristina Reynolds, Whitney Schaefer, Alyssa Stevens (Merfolk), Ja’leigh Jarvis, Jo Kloepping, Alyssa Smolsky, Keith Turner (Tentacles), Amber Allyn, Jessie Bacon, Jordan Bacon,Renee Bippus, Brittany Byers, Meredith Feagley, Parker Ford, Olivia Gerton, Emily Jones, Molly Jones, Brenna Julian, Faith Juncker, Julia Kingery, Kaden Leverenz, Kori Leverenz, Malea Plough, Jailyn Roberts, Tyler Roos, Autumn Schaffer, Lauren Schmitt, Payton Yates (Sea Creatures).
In addition to the normal theatrical elements of costumes, sets and lights, Little Mermaid JR will also feature flying effects, enabling Ariel and her friend to swim through the air. The flying choreography and equipment are from ZFX, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in performer flying. The flying director/choreographer is Andrea Gentry.
Asked why Little Mermaid JR was chosen for this year’s show, director Dana Taylor said, “We wanted to do a very ‘kid/family friendly’ production that would be good for our students as well as the community and we are certain that the audiences will appreciate the efforts of all of our performers.”
In a break with tradition, there will be two matinees on Saturday, March 15; the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. An evening performance will take place at 7:30 p.m.
The production is directed by Dana Taylor with choreography and musical staging by Sally Julian.
For tickets or information, please call 812-833-5932.

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