The Little Mermaid boasts
a brilliantly talented cast of young actors from all over the Valley
including: Phoenix, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Peoria,
Scottsdale, Gilbert, Surprise, Laveen and New River.
"We had around 170
young people audition for this porduciton, says Bobb Cooper, VYT's
Producing Artistic Director. "There was more talent under one
roof then is imaginable. We had to make some very tough decisions and
this cast is going to blow your socks off."
Sheppard, returns to the Herberger stage as the handsome Prince Eric.
Nathan was last seen at VYT as Joseph in its Season 2015-16 opening
production of Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat where
he received rave reviews including "better
then Broadway's national touring production" (David
Appleford Valley Screen and Stage) and
according to Gil Benbrook of Talkin' Broadway "(Joseph)
led by Nathan Sheppard as Joseph not only has clear and strong vocals
but also exudes charm and joy ...bringing a high level of excitement
to his role. Sheppard's voice soars in his solos."
is a senior at Sandra Day O'Connor High School and has been accepted
to the Lyrics Opera Program at
Arizona State University to study Musical Theatre .
"Honestly, this is a dream come true for me," says Nathan.
is a movie that I grew up watching so it has a very special place in
my heart. To portray a Disney prince like Eric, who has so much heart
and pure love for Ariel, is going to be an absolute blast."
beautiful mermaid, Ariel, will be played by award-winning actress
Kayla Dobbs, a freshman at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek.
She returns to VYT after recently winning an NYA Award for Best Lead
Actress in The
Wizard of OZ. "All Kayla wanted was a call-back for any
role so she could perform at the Herberger Theater," say Jennifer
Dobbs, Kayla's mother. "It was 2am when we found out she
had been cast in the role of Arial. She was in disbelief...she
started crying and jumping on her bed and laughing all at the same
had me in tears at her first vocal audition," says Cooper.
"When she came for call back's she made me cry again. She is a
very talented young lady."
her VYT debut, playing the infamous Sea Witch, Ursula, is Tatumn Zale. Tatumn is
a senior at Xavier College Preparatory where she has performed in
several productions. "She is a true triple
threat with an amazingly rich voice and we are very excited to welcome
her to VYT," says Cooper.
new-comer to VYT is Kylan Chait playing Ariel's adorable and
ever-faithful friend Flounder. Ariel's
five beautiful and cruel Mersisters
are played by: Addison Bowman, Isabella Conner, Tatum Dial, Talia
Kahn, Tiana Marks and Avery Strachan. "These five are a force to
be reckoned with," Cooper says.
noted young actors include: Sam Primack, playing Ursula's shady
side-kick Flopsam. Sam is a freshman at Chaparral High School. He
notably appeared as Pugsley Addams on the Broadway national tour of The
Addams Family. Primack
is a true VYT veteran. This is his 16thproduction.
out the cast of the Little Mermaid are many talented, up-and-coming
entertainers from around the Valley playing all sorts of fishy sea
creatures and humans.