Come swim under the sea at Roosevelt

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” gets its feet wet when Roosevelt Middle School theater department presents the Disney musical, opening next week.

                   Charissa Champion, Phoebe Carson,  Clarissa Van Dale, Jadelyn Kurtz, Leanne Herr, Maddy  Carpenter and Kaihli Lee – a school of Mersisters and Flounder – pose for a portrait during rehearsal for Roosevelt Middle School’s performance of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Charissa Champion, Phoebe Carson,
Clarissa Van Dale, Jadelyn Kurtz, Leanne Herr, Maddy
Carpenter and Kaihli Lee – a school of Mersisters and Flounder – pose for a portrait during rehearsal for Roosevelt Middle School’s performance of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”
Photo submitted

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film, “The Little Mermaid Jr.” is a touching story of love knowing no boundaries.

Ariel, daughter of King Triton, the king of the sea, loves everything about humans and dreams of a life on land.

After saving a human prince from drowning, Ariel makes a dangerous deal:  She trades her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch for legs in an attempt to win the prince’s heart and share his life on land.

Little does she know, Ursula has other plans for Ariel, her father, and the entire sea.

Watching Roosevelt’s performance of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” audience members can enjoy classic songs like “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl” and hear “She’s in Love,” a new song performed in the musical.

According to artistic director Shanan Edelheit, with the biggest cast in Roosevelt Middle School Theater history, “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will bring more than 60 students to the stage.

With this production, Edelheit directs his fifth show at Roosevelt and music director Mike Agre lends his talents there for the fourth time. Choreographer Heather Johnson also returns to Roosevelt, working with students performing in “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Edelheit welcomes community members to catch the students’ spring musical production.

“The kids have been working their fins and gills off to achieve perfection,” he said, “so don’t miss your opportunity to come swim with us under the sea at Roosevelt.”

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” takes the stage 7 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3 Roosevelt Middle School, 650-125th Ave. NE, Blaine.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for children under the age of 3. (Wall of Fame Stars and concessions will be sold outside the theater.)

For more information call the school at 763-506-5800.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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