‘Little Mermaid JR’ at the Waldo

May 27, 2013
Michael Juchnik and Katherine Tolley play Prince Eric and Ariel in the Waldo Youth Theatre production of “Disney's Little Mermaid JR.”

Waldoboro — “Disney's Little Mermaid JR” will open Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. for a five-performance run at the Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St./Route 220. This youth production is the perfect show to bring the whole family to; tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Audiences will se the beautiful mermaid Ariel (Katherine Tolley), joined by her close friends Flounder (Andrew Lyndaker) and Scuttle (Ivy Laakso), rebel against her father King Triton (Sam Inman) and his crabby cohort, Sebastian (Kayleigh Tolley), by seeking to become human in order to be with her Prince Eric (Michael Juchnik). The sea witch to grant her wish is Ursula (Cayleigh Hearth), who uses her sea spies Flotsam and Jetsam (Lydia Laslavic and Wyatt Sykes) to maneuver her way into Triton's throne.

While Grimsby (Nate Carlson) is trying to get the young prince to marry by his 18th birthday, the Mersisters (Justice Kennedy, Amelia Rosko, Ella Cloutier, Quinn Hunold, Emma Tolley, Honora Boothby) and other creatures of the sea (Kaylin Lizzotte, Daniel Vannah, Katie Powers, Molly Jennings, Faith Sweetser, Tristan Hearth, Rachel Gross, Eliana Gross, Hermione Blanchard-Fleming, Kendra Gladu, Jocelyn Gladu, Catherina Robinson, Olive Padgett and Caroline Bolling) try to convince Ariel that the human world is overrated in the well-known musical number “Under the Sea.”

“Disney's The Little Mermaid JR” is produced with special permission from MTI. The show’s music is by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater; and book by Doug Wright, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker.

Waldo costumes were made by Linda Grant, Kim Tolley and seamstress team. Musical direction is by Linda Blanchard; choreography by Cayleigh Hearth; lights and sound by Chrys Hearth; stage management and set work by Chris Powers and Joe Taylor; and direction by Melissa Hearth.

After the Friday night opening night, performances will be weekend matinees: Saturdays and Sundays, June 1, 2, 8, and 9, at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Maine Coast Book Store in Damariscotta and Community Pharmacy in Waldoboro. For more information, email melissa@thewaldo.org or call 832-6060 and leave a message for reservations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

The show’s gleefully villainous trio is played by, from left, Wyatt Sykes, Cayleigh Hearth and Lydia Laslavic.
The youthful stars of Waldo Theatre’s “Disney's The Little Mermaid JR” are, front from left, Hermione Blanchard-Fleming, Molly Jennings, Justice Kennedy, Honora Boothby, Emma Tolley, Ella Cloutier, Quinn Hunold, Amelia Rosko, Kendra Gladu, Joslin Gladu, Catherina Robinson and Eliana Gross; second row, Rachel Gross, Katie Powers, Daniel Vannah, Tristan Hearth, Nate Carlson and Faith Sweetser; third row, Andrew Lyndaker, Lydia Laslavic and Wyatt Sykes; and, top row, Sam Inman, Michael Juchnik, Katerine Tolley, Cayleigh Hearth, Kayleigh Tolley and Ivy Laakso.
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