The Washington Middle School will be performing “The Little Mermaid Junior” this weekend and the community is encouraged to attend.
The cast and crew of the production are inviting the community to attend Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Historic Washington Middle School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door from 3 to 6 p.m. this week or at the Washington Middle School office, and will be $3 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adult tickets.
“It is going very well and the kids are doing an amazing job,” director Kristin Preston said during an interview Wednesday. “The kids have been working really hard and as the pieces have started to come together, it is very impressive. The production this year was picked primarily because we had an idea of which kids would come out and we knew this was the one we had the right kids for.”
“We want to thank all the parents, they have just been amazing….the out-pour of support has just been wonderful,” assistant director Mariann Wright said. “Also we want to thank the administration for all of their support and all of the help, and volunteers who have come together to get this production looking good. I feel that when you come you will be amazed and quite surprised by the talent we have. Another nice thing is that the production is only an hour and 10 minutes long, so you’re not sitting here for a long time. But the community really needs to come and support these children and we all would really appreciate it.”
“I am excited,” Brooklynn Stanley, an eighth grade student playing the part of Ariel, said. “I want to be in every musical when I get to high school and I am excited to start. My favorite song I get to sing is ‘Part of Your World’ because it is just really dramatic and just a lot of fun.”
“I get to sing ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ and a reprise of that song later in the musical, which are both fun,” Jocelynn Trimmer, a seventh grade student playing the part of Ursula said. “Everyone always likes to poke fun that I am the bad guy in the play and we all joke about our characters in the play, but everyone is really nice this year. I really think everyone needs to come watch us, because this show is going to be amazing.”
“My favorite song I am a part of is ‘One Step Closer’ because it is a really cool dancing number I get to do with Ariel,” Trevor Minyo, a seventh grade student playing the part of Prince Eric said. “But overall the best song is the one at the end because now everyone is coming back together and is so happy. It is tedious starting out a production, because a lot of it is just memorizing lines until it’s memorized. When you get to this part, everything starts coming together and you get to see all of the sets painted and costumes on, it’s really awesome to be a a part of it.”
Packed with talent and presented on the stage, the cast and crew have worked hard to bring the musical to the community. With colorful set pieces and unique costumes, it should be a “fin-tastic experience.”
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