CTH brings Disney’s colorful musical “The Little Mermaid” to the stage

Some of the colorful sea creatures from the Community Theatre of Howell's production of "The Little Mermaid." Photos by Susan Gronow.
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One of Disney’s most beloved musicals of all time takes the stage the next two weekends as the Community Theatre of Howell presents, “The Little Mermaid.” Performances are Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 at the Howell High School Freshman Campus.

The story of “The Little Mermaid” is familiar to audiences the world over. Disney released it as a film in 1989, and it became a stage musical in 2007. This is the first time CTH has done the show.

“The Little Mermaid” tells the tale of a rebellious 16-year-old mermaid named Ariel who is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, King Triton is forced to make the ultimate decision. Along the way, they encounter a variety of colorful and crazy sea creatures.

Alyssa Friday as the deliciously evil villain Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.”

Director Kevin Rogers, who is directing his third Disney show for CTH, says he’s always wanted to bring “The Little Mermaid” to life.

“It has a great story line about the repercussions of a love-struck girl’s decisions, how those decisions affect those around her, and a father’s inability to accept the fact that it’s time to let her venture out on her own,” Rogers said.

The well-known songs from “The Little Mermaid” include “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World.”

The show will include all of the trappings that have become trademarks of CTH’s musical productions, including a dazzling and colorful set and rousing dance numbers.

The cast includes Lucy Thomas as Ariel, Gary Hull as King Triton, Alyssa Friday as Ursula, Dennis Walker as Prince Eric, John Slemp as Grimsby, Regan Miller as Flounder, Ethan O’Dell as Flounder, Elayna Mockbil as Scuttle, Sara Johnson as Flotsam, Lena Zielkowski as Jetsam, Rick Spangler as the Pilot and Foyid Mockbil as Chef Louis.

The Mersisters are Abbey Bean, Carly Scruggs, Madison Lemieux, Audrey Moyer, Courtney Barker and Devin Douglas, while the Gulls are Alexis Gronow, Eden Donnelley, Emily Kasprzak, Annelise Martin and Ellie Ulman.

Featured dancers are Samantha Socia, Lottie Moorehouse, Allyson Swims, Karalynn Johnson, Leah Heim and Makenna Usher; the Sailors/Chefs are Hunter Allen, Jack Shepard, Dane Douglas, Jackson Manning, Nathan Hull, Brian Doefer, Aidan Ralko, Kellen Green and Mason Burley; while the Maids are Sarah Thomas, Marcie Mockbil, Casey Irey and Amy Watters.

Alexa Zielkowski is Windward, Jenny Halliday is Leeward, Norah Hull is Max, and the Princesses are Elissa Mockbil, Becca Thomas, Keira Manning, Samantha Purdom and Amanda Watters.

The Poor Souls are Abby Brown, Lila Manning, Noah O’Dell, Anna Halliday, Emma Schue, Gracie Hieber and Abby Halliday; while the Sea Creatures are Sarah Halliday, Anna Gilders and Sasha Gilders.

Ariel (Lucy Thomas, center) and her fellow mermaids in the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

The assistant director is Katie Johnson, the choreographer is Anni Ulman, the vocal director is Bethany Bean, the producer is Theresa Rogers, the stage manager is Tina Thomas and the assistant stage manager is Ben Anderson. Heather Douglas and Jeff Thomas are tech directors, Dawn Eldred is the costumer, Lynda Bednarczyk and Chrissy Lockhart are doing set dress, and hair and makeup chair is Angela Otto.

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “The Little Mermaid” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. Shows are Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday each weekend.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, available at Finding Roots in Howell, Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville, Big Acre in Brighton, and Ed Bock Feed and Seed in Pinckney. Tickets are also available by calling 517-545-1290, or online at cththeatre.org. You can buy tickets by clicking here.

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