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Review

Disney's The Little Mermaid
by San Diego Junior Theatre
 
 
THE SHOW:  

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Music by Alan Menken, Book by Doug Wright, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.  

The Disney Renaissance found its legs with the 1989 hit animated film The Little Mermaid. This adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale was an instant hit and finally translated to the Broadway stage in 2008. In it, the little mermaid Ariel, youngest teenage daughter of King Triton and his late wife, is more obsessed with dinglehoppers and other human stuff than with remembering to sing in crabby composer Sebastian’s concerts. When she saves and falls in love with human Prince Eric, a merfolk taboo is broken. If she wants a chance to become human and marry her prince, she’ll have to make a deal with Ursula the Sea Witch, forfeit her voice, and get the prince to kiss her before three sunsets have passed or she’ll be Ursula’s slave for all time. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors) would become Disney superstars beginning with this musical featuring Part of Your World, Kiss the Girl, and Under the Sea.  

THE PRODUCTION:  

San Diego Junior Theatre turns those mysterious fathoms below into an eye-popping seascape for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Rayme Sciaroni, the new artistic director of Junior Theatre, directed and choreographed this huge production. Scenic wizard Tony Cucuzzella’s set is fantastic, with the sides lined with cool pink coral formations and bubbles, and the front of the stage turned into a cresting ocean wave. There’s also a giant sea witch for the show’s climactic scene. Matthew Novotny’s lighting creates several beautiful effects for the underwater scenes. While costume enchantress Mallory Devlin designed a countless number of creative, beautiful, and exotic creations to help transform the cast members into their marine incarnations, topped off by some great wigs and hair stylings by Francia Cohen.  

Animating those costumes is a talented group led by Evelyn Sparks as Ariel who sings a heartfelt Part of Your World as she longs to experience life with the humans, and the reprise as she clutches Prince Eric’s hand-held telescope. She also excels nonverbally, just about as captivated by her human clothes and her long-sought human legs as she is with her prince Shane Jost who lends his strong vocals to One Step Closer and the finale. Connor Marsh is a likeable and charismatic Sebastian, playing his part seated on a rolling chair that allows him to walk crab-like quickly across the stage. Pierre Cozic is Ariel’s fun and devoted friend Flounder. Colette Huber is a hoot as a nerdy seagull Scuttle who uses her voice to great effect and accidentally jumpstarts Prince Eric’s heart when she drops his foot after not hearing a heartbeat. While Sophia Oberg is an evil hoot as the sea witch Ursula, oozing with personality and rich vocals as she relishes her quest for more Poor Unfortunate Souls.  

Flounder and Ariel’s mersisters excel in an entertaining and dynamic She’s in Love. Chef Jake Goldfarb and his co-chefs serve up an amusing song-and-dance number. Scuttle and his entourage of gulls deliver a charming Human Stuff nicely choreographed, including having the other gulls playfully scaring the littlest gull. And the entire cast sets the mood in Kiss the Girl, as well as the big, splashy Under the Sea party that overflows into their human audience.

Performed October 25 - November 17, 2013

Photos by Ken Jacques

Rob Hopper
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~ Cast ~ 
 

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Ariel: Evelyn Sparks
Prince Eric: Shane Jost
Ursula: Sophia Oberg
Sebastian: Connor Marsh
Flounder: Pierre Cozic
Scuttle: Colette Huber
King Triton: Hunter Katz
Grimsby: Nathan Cooper
Flotsam: Tony Cabauatan
Jetsam: Maddy Ringer
Carlotta: Michaela Griffin
Chef Louis: Jake Goldfarb

~ Mersisters ~
Atina: Emma Wineman
Alana: Felicity Bryant
Aquata: Jazley Genovese
Adela: Megan Decker
Andrina: Brooke Collins
Arista: Ruby Ross

Sea Horses:
Fiona Beyerle
Emily Ince

Gulls:
Gina Barba
Jaime Cooper
Isabelle Pickering
Artemis Calderon
Danielle Dawson

Neighboring Princesses:
Isabella Rose Wagner
Maggie Brown
Maia Larom
Camille Fundingsland
Elise Kuterbach
Dariane Wood

Chefs:
Danielle Dawson
Julia Dawson
Gina Barba
Emery Campen
Garret Hoff
Isabelle Pickering
Dennis Dizon
CJ Rabine
Gabriel Smith
Elijah Kedziora
Camden Rider

Sailors:
Dennis Dizon
Jake Goldfarb
Garret Hoff
Elijah Kedziora
CJ Rabine
Camden Rider
Gabriel Smith

Seaweed:
Isabelle Pickering
Gina Barba
Elise Kuterbach
Mikaela Griffin

Sea Creatures / Lagoon Animals:
Tamsen Brown
Shayne Cole
Hayden Goldman
Olivia Wiese
Elisabeth Renda
Maia Forsyth
Audrey Chapman
Kathryn Dawson
Maxine Sutton
Rayne Gonzalez

Lagoon Flamingos:
Chloe Owen
Ava Bunn
Amanda Cooper
Nicole Gustafson
Alyssa Uffens
Katrina Heil
Julia Starkey
Sydney Crandall
Olivia Dangelo

Director/Choreographer/Music Director: Rayme Sciaroni
Set Design: Tony Cucuzzella
Lighting Design: Matthew Novotny
Costume Design: Mallory Devlin
Hair and Make-up Design: Francia Cohen
Sound Design: Robin Whitehouse
Properties: Karen Bohrer

   

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