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Little Mermaid musical this weekend at WCES

“The Little Mermaid” has been a fan-favorite story for decades, and 32 West County Elementary and Middle School students in grades 3-7 are bringing the sea to the stage with their fun hour-long production.

The event takes place this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West County Elementary gymnasium. Admission is $1 per student and $2 for adults.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid JR” production, adapted from the story’s Broadway script, is the kids’ version that ignites the audience’s imagination to create a sweet story about love and acceptance with a bit of humor splashed throughout the performance.

Ariel, a mermaid played by fourth grader Bianca Cavelli, is curious about the world beyond the sea so she and her aquatic friends take their audience on an exciting adventure far from the magical kingdom and her father, King Triton, played by fifth grader Prestyn Robinson. Ariel leaves her home — and fins — behind to explore the world above with Sebastian, played by third grader Aliza Reid, and Flounder, played by third grader Lauren Jackson.

Ariel saves a prince who’s been shipwrecked and eventually makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula — fifth grader Naomi Stienmetz — in order to convince handsome Prince Eric (fifth grader Kenny Godat) that she is the girl with the enchanting voice that he has been hearing. But Prince Eric’s prim-and-proper advisor — fifth grader Ava Clifton — instead tries to guide the prince toward the throne and finding a princess.

Meanwhile, deep in the ocean Ariel’s siblings, the Mersisters — fifth graders Kylie Gabrian, Kerensa Stone, Tallulah Lyons-Jahn, Miranda Storie, Grace Barton and Alyana Sansoucie — are part of this under-the-sea tale. Ariel also makes plenty of friends along the way, including Scuttle (played by sixth grader Ellee Medlin) and fellow seagulls Emma Boyer, Emily LaPlant and Lilly Stienmetz. The large cast of finned sea creatures and singing crustaceans make this tale fun and entertaining.

Ariel encounters evilness on her adventure when Ursula seeks revenge against King Triton, with the help of her minions Flotsam and Jetsam (Olivia Barton and Emma Ruble), and tries to capture the crown. Ariel is found by Prince Eric after she trades her beautiful singing voice for human legs. He takes her to his castle where she saves her friend Sebastian from Chef Louise (played by Miranda Storie) and her cooks. Eventually Ariel reclaims her singing voice and discovers love.

Other cast members include Mariah Storie, Ryder Wills, Trinity Ashby, Zoe Renshaw, Mia Perkins, Mylei Province, Sara Dotterwiech, Hayley Mann, August Collinsworth, Peyton Robinson, Lacey Day and Adelyn Ashby.

In this scene Ursula (Naomi Stienmetz) and her minions (Hayley Mann, Peyton Robinson, Lacy Day and August Collinsworth) plot how to trap Ariel while Jetsam (Emma Ruble) and Floatsam (Olivia Barton) look on.

In this scene Ursula (Naomi Stienmetz) and her minions (Hayley Mann, Peyton Robinson, Lacy Day and August Collinsworth) plot how to trap Ariel while Jetsam (Emma Ruble) and Floatsam (Olivia Barton) look on.

The Princesses of the Kingdom (Trinity Ashby, Zoe Renshaw and Mia Perkins) compete for Prince Eric's (Kenny Godat) heart while his advisor (Ava Clifton) offers support in finding a princess.

The Princesses of the Kingdom (Trinity Ashby, Zoe Renshaw and Mia Perkins) compete for Prince Eric’s (Kenny Godat) heart while his advisor (Ava Clifton) offers support in finding a princess.

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