GRAFTON, Mass. — Apple Tree Arts will present Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Grafton Middle School, 22 Providence Road.
This is an adapted stage production of “The Little Mermaid” tailored for youth productions. The 21 cast members from Grafton, Shrewsbury, Uxbridge and Northbridge have been rehearsing since October.
“The songs people love the most from the show are some of my favorites,” said Lisa Scarlett, theater arts director of the Community Arts School, who also is the choreographer. The co-director is Laurie Baker, a longtime theater arts and early childhood music faculty member of Apple Tree Arts. The duo have co-directed many musicals, including, “The Beauty and the Beast,” “Flat Stanley” and “Cinderella.”
The musical is double casted with Grafton Middle School students Daniel Murphy, Abby Rogers, Alyssa Luber and Delanie Burke plus Shrewsbury Middle School students Amanda Frost, Emma Brann and Katelyn Benbenek. CC Frederickson of Uxbridge Middle School and Tyler Garlett of Northbridge Middle School also are in the production.
The role of Ariel will be played by Grafton High School senior Amelia Murray and Shrewsbury High School senior Abby Brann on alternate nights. Shrewsbury High School senior Allie Benbenek also is in the production. Those playing lead roles Friday will play supporting roles Saturday.
The musical is about Ariel, a beautiful young mermaid who longs to be part of the human world. Before she achieves her wish, she must defy her father King Triton, make a risky deal with the evil sea witch Ursula and convince Prince Eric she’s the girl with the lovely voice.
Parent volunteers helped with the production. Special effects were created by Ron Burke. Several costumes were made by Ann Morgan and Helen Russell while Darrel Baker managed the sound system. Parents also created the shows’ marquee, assisted with makeup, coordinated refreshments and helped promote the show.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door.