Meet the “Little Mermaid” cast: Playing Ariel is a dream come true for Lucy Thomas

Lucy Thomas plays Ariel in the Community Theatre of Howell's production of "The Little Mermaid." Photo by Susan Gronow.

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From now until opening night on Nov. 9, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

For Lucy Thomas, having the opportunity play Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” is a dream come true. Literally.

“This role is so special to me because Ariel has always been my favorite princess,” Lucy said. “I used to spend lots of time pretending to be her. I am honored to have the opportunity to portray her onstage.”

Lucy will be bringing Ariel to life Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, as the Community Theatre of Howell presents Disney’s beloved musical “The Little Mermaid” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus.

“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.

A homeschooled 10th-grader from Howell, Lucy is a CTH veteran, having appeared in several shows over the past six years after witnessing the theater magic from the audience first.

“I had had the opportunity to attend several school shows at CTH, but when we got tickets to see our friends Garry, Kim, and Amber Carnahan in ‘White Christmas,’ the music and dancing were so beautiful that I decided then and there to audition for the next possible show,” she said. “The next show happened to be ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ in the fall of 2012. I was so excited to be cast! I’ve been happy to be a part of 12 productions since then.”

Lucy’s family includes her mom, Tina (the stage manager for “The Little Mermaid”), dad Jeff, and brothers Harrison, 19, and Tucker, 17. When she’s not portraying a mermaid, she loves dancing with Gift of Joy Dance Company and Happendance Impulse.

While Lucy says that Ariel is far and away her favorite role of all time, she’s immensely enjoyed all of her CTH experiences.

“Every show is special and lots of fun, but I was really excited to learn combat choreography when I was cast as the Leopard in CTH’s ‘Tarzan’ and I’ve loved having the opportunity to be a part of CTH’s Gala the past few years,” she said.

Lucy Thomas as Ariel.

As for what keeps bringing her back to CTH, she said, “I love getting to spend time with so many talented people from age 6 to 80. I learn so much from them. Lots of those people have shown confidence in me and have allowed me to try many different roles both on and offstage and I am very thankful for that.”

And with opening night less than two weeks away now, Lucy can’t wait for the audience to see what the cast and crew have created.

“What I love is that there are no ‘boring’ parts in this show,” she said. “Everything from the fabulous costumes that were made by Dawn Eldred to the amazing dance numbers choreographed by Anni and Emma Ulman and exciting music directed by Bethany Bean is worth coming out to see and hear. (Director) Kevin Rogers has added so many sweet and hilarious moments – it would be hard NOT to love his show.

“Every moment has been a joy,” she added. “I’ve loved getting to meet people who are new to CTH as well as spend time with people who have been a part of CTH for years. I’ve also enjoyed having the chance to really push myself throughout this production.”

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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