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2017-03-01 / Local News

Sweet Home students making ‘The Little Mermaid’ magical with creative tech


Sweet Home Senior High students Adam Russell, as King Triton, and Anthony Pilcher, as Sebastian, are shown during a rehearsal of “The Little Mermaid” on Monday. The high school will present the musical in three performances on Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12. 
Photos by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com. Sweet Home Senior High students Adam Russell, as King Triton, and Anthony Pilcher, as Sebastian, are shown during a rehearsal of “The Little Mermaid” on Monday. The high school will present the musical in three performances on Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12. Photos by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com. Hoping to be as true to Broadway as a low-budget show can be, students and staff at Sweet Home Senior High are using their creative energy to make next week’s production of “The Little Mermaid” really flow.

Director/choreographer Bobby Cooke said that despite a lack of the necessary technology, the show’s special effects are coming together thanks to technical designer Cory Morrow and students, who are developing creative solutions for such things as Ariel’s transformation from a mermaid to a human.

“I don’t want to give away all our tricks [before opening night], but I will say that for the very first time, we will be using projections to help tell the story,” he said. “I cannot wait to see how they turn out.”


Freshman Alexandra Bastian, as Ariel, is pictured during rehearsal of “The Little Mermaid,” to be presented in three performances from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, at Sweet Home High School. Freshman Alexandra Bastian, as Ariel, is pictured during rehearsal of “The Little Mermaid,” to be presented in three performances from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, at Sweet Home High School. Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and the popular Disney film, the musical production of “The Little Mermaid” tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid princess who longs to experience life on dry land, according to stageagent.com. After falling in love with a human prince, Ariel surrenders her beautiful singing voice to a sea witch to receive legs, and races to win the prince’s heart in three days before she loses her soul.

The musical features a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a script from Doug Wright.

Sophomore Adam Russell, who is helping with the show’s projections and playing Ariel’s father, King Triton, said some of the animation work he’s doing is tougher than what he’s done in class.

“This is a whole new level,” he said. “We have to design the models and animate them, and we have the time cues and everything.”

He said one animation will play as senior Lukas Knight, who portrays Prince Eric, is thrown off a sailing ship, a stunt Knight said he’s getting excited about.

“I heard I was going to be thrown, so I’m looking forward to it,” he joked.

Knight said he’s also looking forward to playing a character who doesn’t get interrupted, because Ariel has lost her voice.

Freshman Alexandra Bastian, who will play the mostly mute Ariel, said that in struggling to portray her character, she’s learned to use facial expressions and body language, and has discovered that she and the precocious mermaid have a lot in common.

“I’m stubborn, I’m naive, I’m what Ariel is, and I feel like it’s just fun for me to play her,” she said. Other students playing lead characters in the production said they are especially looking forward to dance numbers such as “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl” and to creative elements, including roller skates that cast members will be using to give them an underwater feel.

“[That’s] really cool, because it gives them kind of like a flowing effect,” said senior Anthony Pilcher, who will be playing Sebastian.

Cooke said he “couldn’t be more proud” of students for their passion and hard work on “The Little Mermaid,” adding that like athletics, theater is multifaceted in what it imparts, teaching students creativity, imagination and accountability when serving on a team.

“It’s a sport,” he said. “They push themselves farther than they ever have before. They learn how to work with one another and to make their partners look good.”

Sweet Home Senior High will present “The Little Mermaid” in three performances next week: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

Tickets for performances are $8 presale and $10 at the door. Tickets for students and seniors attending Sunday’s matinee are $5.

To purchase tickets, call 250-9848, or send an email to sweethomemusical@gmail.com.

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When: 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., March 10 and 11
and 3 p.m. Sun., March 12
Tickets: $8 presale and $10 at the door
To purchase tickets: Call 250-9848, or email
sweethomemusical@gmail.com.

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