The Waldo Youth Theatre is busily preparing for performances of Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr." at the end of this month.

Linda Grant created many costumes for the Medomak Middle School production this past March, and the Waldo is lucky enough to be wearing some of these.

This show, based on the 2008 Broadway production and the original Disney movie, follows the trials of a little mermaid, Ariel (Katherine Tolley) who longs to be human. Her sisters (Quinn Hunold, Honora Boothby, Emma Tolley, Amelia Rosko, Justice Kennedy, and Ella Cloutier) and best friend, Flounder (Andrew Lyndaker) think she is crazy because she is in love with a merman…but she has actually fallen for, the very human, Prince Eric (Michael Juchnik).

Sebastian (Kayleigh Tolley) is put on the impossible task of keeping Ariel in line by her father, King Triton (Sam Inman), but is thwarted by Ariel's love of the surface where she hangs out with a comedic seagull, Scuttle (Ivy Laakso), and the evil sea witch Ursula (Cayleigh Hearth) who wants to grant Ariel her wish of becoming human…at a cost.

The ensemble is completed by Grimsby (Nate Carlson) who just wants the prince to get married by his birthday, Flotsam and Jetsam (Wyatt Sykes and Lydia Laslavic) who do Ursula's bidding, and a whole array of fish, chefs, lagoon critters and tentacles (Faith Sweetser, Hermione Blanchard, Tristan Hearth, Catherina Robinson, Kendra and Jocelyn Gladu, Olive Padgett, Daniel Vannah, Katie Poers, Molly Jennings, Kaylin Lizzotte, Caroline Bolling, Rachel and Eliana Gross).

The show is being directed by Melissa Hearth who has been working with the Waldo Youth Troupe for the past seven years. Musical direction in the able hands of Linda Blanchard, known for her direction of esteemed choirs St. Cecilia and Sheepscot. Lights and sound desined and run by Chrys Hearth and Jim Buckingham, and set design and building are being led by Chris Powers.

Performances at the Waldo Theatre at 916 Main St. in Waldoboro are Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m., and June 1, 2, 8, and 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

For more information, please write to melissa@the or call 832-6060 for reservations.