Lit­tle Mer­maid

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Bronwyn Dono­van

Penrhos Col­lege stu­dents are pre­par­ing for a pro­duc­tion of The Lit­tle Mer­maid that tells the story of Ariel, an ad­ven­tur­ous young mer­maid fas­ci­nated with the hu­man world above.

RE­HEARSALS for the Penrhos Col­lege stu­dent pro­duc­tion of The Lit­tle Mer­maid have been go­ing swim­mingly in an­tic­i­pa­tion of next Thurs­day’s open­ing.

Set un­der and above the high seas, The Lit­tle Mer­maid tells the story of Ariel, an ad­ven­tur­ous young mer­maid fas­ci­nated with the hu­man world above.

Cast as Scut­tle the seag­ull, Year 12 stu­dent Grace Pooley said she was ex­cited to get back on the stage.

“I did the pro­duc­tion in Year 9 but haven’t since, so I’m re­ally happy to be back on the stage for my fi­nal year of school,” she said.

“I’ve def­i­nitely found the act­ing part chal­leng­ing as I’m much more com­fort­able singing and danc­ing, and find­ing a bal­ance be­tween the an­i­mal and hu­man as­pect of Scut­tle has been tricky.

“But the dance is so much fun to per­form and I’m so ex­cited for ev­ery­one to see it.”

About 90 stu­dents are in­volved on stage, in the pit and back­stage, com­bined with unique cos­tumes, orig­i­nal chore­og­ra­phy and an elab­o­rate set.

The pro­duc­tion opens on July 26 at 7.30pm, with ad­di­tional per­for­mances on July 27 and 28, in­clud­ing a Satur­day mati­nee.

Limited seats are avail­able.

Erin Bar­rett (left), Grace Pooley, Ce­les­tine Adams, Alexan­dra Cearns star in The Lit­tle Mer­maid.

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