Said Stageloft owner and director Chistine Taylor, “As the new Artistic Director at Stageloft, one of my goals is to expand the number of youth productions we do each year. While Stageloft already offered youth acting workshops over the summer and during the spring and fall, we also wanted to offer productions that families with children could come and enjoy seeing together.”
Auburn is well-represented in the cast of this production, with 8 Auburn students featured in the show. In fact, Auburn’s Siobhan Collins (Ariel) and Ana Pietrewicz (Ursula) are filling two of the show’s lead roles.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR is an abridged version of the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid, which itself is a stage adaptation of the popular Disney movie first released in 1989. All of the well-known characters and songs are included.. However the show has been edited to a run time of of 90 minutes, with intermission, making it a good length for younger children to be able to enjoy.
Said Taylor, “The Little Mermaid is a favorite show of mine and that fondness is shared by our choreographer, Jackie Johnson, and music director, Leah Marley. And because The Little Mermaid is still so popular with people of all ages, it made it an easy choice when we were choosing this season’s productions.”
According to Taylor, over 50 students auditioned for the show. Due the smaller size of Stageloft, the cast was limited to 27 performers.
“We chose 27 very talented performers, all between the ages of 9 and 18” said Taylor. “Ariel and Ursula were the two most sought after roles, and audiences will not be disappointed with our choice of actresses. Siobhan Collins, as Ariel, and Ana Pietrewicz, as Ursula, both from Auburn, are two young ladies with stunning voices and great acting skills that are sure to delight our audiences.”
Said Taylor, “I can say that kids from Auburn are well represented in this cast. I give a lot of credit for that to the training they’ve received through the theater programs at Auburn Middle, Auburn High and Auburn Community Players.”
She continued, “For audiences who may have seen the ACP production this summer, I encourage them to come see this production as well. Because we’re in a theater with more technology available, setting the show on the Stageloft stage is quite a different experience. We can do quite a bit with lighting to set the different scenes and we’ll also be using projections for some of the scene changes as we travel between the various locations in the show.
The Little Mermaid has a total of 8 performances over two weekends: Fridays at 7PM, Saturdays at 11AM and 2PM, and Sundays at 2PM February 12 through February 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for youth 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Ticket reservations can be made by calling the theater at 508-347-9005 or tickets can be bought online by visiting our website at www.stageloft.com
A complete cast lift of performers and their hometowns
Ariel – Siobhan Collins of Auburn
Prince Eric – Kenny Allard of Southbridge
Sebastian – Leo Gaboury of Holland
Flounder – Hannah Wyatt of Boylston
King Triton – Joe Hamel of Auburn
Arista – Madison Poshkus of Auburn and Jessica Williams of Holland
Attina – Megan Chestna of Auburn
Adella – Julia Joyce of East Brookfield
Aquata – Rachel Sullivan of Auburn
Andrina – Libbey Stearns of Worcester
Alana – Rose Joubert of Worcester
Ursula – Ana Peitrewicz of Auburn
Flotsam – Allie Provost of Dudley
Jetsam – Angelique Davis of Oxford
Scuttle – Dakota Hinerth of North Brookfield
The Gulls – Emma Provost of Dudley, Rebecca Mahon of Sturbridge, Grace McGovern of Worcester
Grimsby – Derek Brigham of Auburn
Chef Louis – Mai Caslowitz of Sturbridge
Carlotta – Emilyrose Sandgren of Southbridge
The Pilot – Jackson Boyd of Sturbridge
With Lindsey Ferreira of Sturbridge, Natalie Truax of Brimfield, Joshua Zaleski of Auburn and Max Milazzo of Fiskdale