SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Several Shrewsbury youths will help bring the musical world of the Little Mermaid to an audience this weekend. The junior version of the classic Walt Disney tale, “The Little Mermaid” was especially adapted for youth productions and will be presented by Apple Tree Arts.
The 21 cast members from Shrewsbury, Grafton, Uxbridge and Northbridge began rehearsing in mid-October.
The show also includes Shrewsbury actors playing supporting roles Friday and major characters Saturday. Ariel is played by Emily Brann of Shrewsbury and Amelia Murray of Grafton. Prince Eric, Ariel’s love interest is played by Daniel Murphy of Grafton. King Triton is played by Abby Rogers of Grafton.
Sebastian the crab, the king’s confidante is played by Amanda Frost of Shrewsbury and Alyssa Luber of Grafton. Ursula, the evil sea witch is played by Allie Benbenek of Shrewsbury and CC Frederickson of Uxbridge. Flounder, Ariel’s best friend, is played by Katelyn Benbenek of Shrewsbury and Delanie Burke of Grafton. Scuttle the sea gull is played by Emma Brann of Shrewsbury.
“The songs people love the most from the show are some of my favorites – 'Under the Sea,' 'Part of Your World,' and 'Kiss the Girl.'” said Lisa Scarlett, theater arts director of the community arts school.
Scarlett and Laurie Baker serve as co-directors of the production. Special effects were created by Ron Burke. Several costumes were made by Ann Morgan and Helen Russell. Darrel Baker managed the sound system. Parent volunteers also created the shows’ marquee, assisted with make-up, coordinated refreshments and helped promote the show.
"Little Mermaid Jr." will be presented 7 p.m. both nights at Grafton Middle School, 22 Providence Road, Grafton. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door.