HONESDALE—Honesdale High School (HHS) will open the doors of its Performing Arts Center this weekend to present its rendition of “Disney's The Little Mermaid.”
Based on the 2008 Broadway production adapted from the 1989 animated movie and licensed through Music Theatre International, the production features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book written by Doug Wright.
Complete with well-known and well loved songs such as “Kiss the Girl,” “Under The Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World,” the musical sees the young and curious Ariel, played by Emily DeCrotie, defy her father King Triton (BJ Holloway) to seek a life outside her ocean home.
Along the way, Ariel comes into conflict with the sea witch Ursula (Olivia Galarza) and falls in love with the dashing Prince Eric (Michael Kirk), all with the help of her friends, Scuttle the seagull (Daniel DeCrotie), Sebastian the crab (Andrew Murphey) and Flounder the fish (Nicholas Theobald).
Other leads in this aquatic adventure are John Walczyk as Grimsby, Liam Pietraszewski as both the Pilot and Chef Louis, Madison Palmer as Jetsam and Mo Feustel as Flotsam.
Spanning two wholly separate worlds, the cast also includes a bountiful amount of courtiers present both in Triton's and Eric's respective courts.
Ariel's sisters include the mermaids Adella (Kayleigh Pugh), Allana (Jordan Peer), Andrina (Hannah Luben), Aquata (Maggie Murphy), Arista (Gracie Gombita), Atina (Kirsten Gager) and two unnamed mermaids played by Maria Kannebecker and Hannah Marin.
Princesses on land include: Elizabeth Blum, Emily Bialecki, Emily Quinn, Morgan Brown, Sophia Bodnar, Brooke Landers, Emily Roberts, Mary Kate McDonald, Miranda Fritz, Rochelle Keast, Annabelle Brinkerhoff, Aaliyah Sims, Cassie Griffis, Nicole Roberts, Shayla Mullican, Taylor Frish, Annabelle Brinkerhoff, Mary Kate McDonald, and Taylor Slish.
There are also five sailors played by Blake Lipsmeyer, John Lukan, Kyle Peer, Matthew Tracy, and Noah Luben.
Additionally, Scuttle's group of gulls includes Dana Pratt, Kallie Lazaro, Emma Messersmith, and Katie Ranner, with Christina Canfield, Kayla Taninies, Mackenzie Tagle, Mika Brauser, Taylor Slish, and Annabelle Brinkerhoff as featured dancers.
Lastly, the ensemble, consisting of various sea creatures, lagoon animals, merfolk and humans, will be played by Brooke Landers, Emily Roberts, Rochelle Keast, Abby Skelton, Alyssa Stumpo, Amaya Hall, Anna Dunsinger, Bella DeNardo-Yost, Hannah Merritt, Kaitlyn DeFazio, Olivia Tagle, Zack Wilken, Brianna Taninies, Calvin Feustel, and Kaeleb Jones.
Supporting the superb cast of characters are Executive Director Scott D. Miller, choreographer Jesse Florence, Music Director Martha Curtis, Rehearsal Pianist Geri Spinosa and Orchestral Pit Director Betty Ann Robinson, leading HHS students Haley Cowger, Lauren Dyser, Danielle Eifert, Angelea Francesco, Kalah Gries, Lauren Kutch, Faith Lawson, Katherine Matlaga, Stephanie Matlaga, Lora Protzman, Alexandria Reed, Tessa Vendetti, and Alexa Yatwa.
Professional orchestral members include Kelsey Frisk, Christopher Gallo, Megan Gullone, Gabriella Osegueda, and James Willow.
Technical direction and lighting for the production were provided by Shawn Garing and Nick Slish, with set design by Jason Smith and Brittany Cardona, and prop master Meredith Galinkski.
Costume design was provided by Linda Zimmer with hair and make-up design courtesy of Linda Forlenza.
Photography and promotional publicity for the production were handled by Stacy Stone.
Show times for the production are Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinée held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, at 2:00 p.m. Runtime is an estimated two hours and twenty minutes with a twenty minute intermission after the first act.
Additionally, there will be a special character breakfast held on Saturday Feb. 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the HHS cafeteria. Cast members will parade in costume and present LED tiaras and tridents to the children present. The buffet-style breakfast will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, cereal, breakfast potatoes and dessert, with coffee, juice and milk available for drinks.
Tickets for the show run adults-$9, seniors (65+)-$8, students-$5, children (3-5)-$4, and Red/Black pass (complimentary). All seating is reserved.
Tickets for the character breakfast cost adults-$10, students and children-$8.
Information, directions and tickets are available online at www.honesdalepac.com or by phone 570-251-9831.
Information for this article was pulled from a press release compliments of Scott Miller.