Performances will be Nov. 21-23 at CHS.
Holding to the tradition of producing a musical every other year, the Chillicothe High School Players are preparing Disney’s The Little Mermaid to be shown Nov. 21, 22, and 23 in the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. Lisa Rule, CHS drama teacher, is excited to bring beautiful singing, beautiful music, beautiful dancing, and beautiful costumes to the community.
Finding a date for this year’s show was difficult, according to Rule. “Our sports schedule is a little different this year, so the ‘empty’ weekend we usually use for a fall production was gone. We also have some football players in the play, so you’ll find that our show days and times are a bit unusual.”
The show will be performed at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22 and at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23.
Rule said, “The Saturday show will be our matinee show with a 1 p.m. start--that should give families the opportunity to see the Holiday Parade in the morning, see The Little Mermaid in the afternoon, and then be ready to meet Santa at the Park Lighting in the evening at 5:30 p.m. That would be a wonderful family day!”
The Little Mermaid has a long history. Written as a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837, the tale was eventually made into an animated movie by Disney in 1989. It moved to the Broadway stage in 2007 and was available for licensing on the amateur stage in 2012. Rule says that the play in its current form is very expensive, “Purchasing the rights to a Disney play is quite expensive and this play is even more expensive because of the extensive costuming of mermaids, seagulls, and sea creatures..We were lucky to be able to rent costumes this year that are of professional quality--costumes that traveling companies often use. In fact, the cost of costumes this year is higher than the total cost of some shows we do.”
Rule went on to say that the drama department recently received a grant from the Virginia Wall Foundation to help with the tremendous cost of the costuming. “Many people remember Miss Wall as a wonderful English teacher, but we often forget that she directed the senior play for years and years until a full-time drama teacher was hired in the form of Barbara Guile,” said Rule.
Partnering once again with the Chillicothe Area Arts Council, season ticket holders will be admitted without charge. Prices for other patrons are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Rule said there is also special pricing for families. “We don’t want any children to miss the show because of the cost for a large family, so if a family has more than four members they will be admitted for a family price of $50.” Tickets will be available only at the gate this year.
Over 50 students are involved in The Little Mermaid production as either cast or crew and all have been busy building set and props over the last six weeks in preparation.
“I’m very excited about the vocalists for this show. They are very talented and have been spending time with our vocal director and teacher, Matthan Mrkvicka,” said Rule. The musical will also have a live 11-piece orchestra under the direction of Sarah Cavanah. Principal players in this production are Aundraya Shady as Ariel, Anderson De Jesus as Prince Eric, Macy Cavanah as Ursula, Emma Bernskoetter as Sebastian, Dimitri Dickerson as King Triton, and Amanda Brade as Scuttle. Other cast members are Will Kieffer, Dawson Wheeler, Macy Gutshall, Callaway Chapman, Casandra Leach, Allison Haley, Lexie Walker, Hannah Dominique, Emery Evans, Emma Rule, Drew Minnis, Braden Constant, Westley Hurtgen, Noah Crowe, Christian Peniston, Isaac Washburn, Montana Plattner, Kylie Roseman, Audrey Snider, Kadence Shipers, Megan Sisson, Mika Hibner, Lauren Cavanah, Trista Tipton, Elizabeth Lance, Jaycie Stimpson, Hailee Williams, Libby Washburn, Claire Ripley, Chloe Funk, Alisyn Worman, Emmett Young, Myra Englert, Julietta Keller, Reese Jazenboski, Leah Lourenco, Allison Higgins. Crew members are Graci Swank, Kyrstyn Haney, Tayler Williams, Madison Kieffer, Mikah Copelin, Jackson Reeter. Orchestra members are Carolyn Johnson, Mary Garr, Joe Gilliland, Chad Hind, Joe Hull, Donald Heaton, Nancy Mitchell, Samantha Figg, Zeb Yoko, Colby Newman and Brandon Kiser.