The Steel Valley Drama Club is inviting guests to become part of their world for a few days this weekend, as they bring Disney's "The Little Mermaid" to the Steel Valley High School stage. The show opened Thursday night and continues Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at svdrama.com and at the door.
One of Disney's most celebrated films, "The Little Mermaid" was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2007 and expands on the memorable music from the original film. Steel Valley's production starred Brenna Kern as Ariel, the mermaid daughter of King Triton (Ryan Packer). Ariel is fascinated by the world above and a chance encounter with Prince Eric (Randy Keller) tempts her to give away her voice in the pursuit of true love.
SV Drama's production featured Lawson Carter as Grimsby, Shaterra Meadows as Flounder, Theo Coyne as Scuttle, Madison Blasko as Sebastian, Breanne Francis as Ursula, Alaina Hanley as Flotsam, Layla Rager as Jetsam, and Packer in a dual role as Chef Louis.
The ensemble featured Faith Paulus, Rebekah Klieber, Ashley Bulger, Kylie Kern, Skylar Fitzgerald, Morgan Schempp, Xavier Abdullah, Paige Perhacs, Andy Diep, Effie Seidling, Josie Strom, Loki Brown, Peter Bos and Sunny Clark.
Students on the stage crew included Kayla Bish, Austin Blick, John Heddleston and Max Holby, with Elaina Fedoris as prop master, Devier Scott on the spot light, and Alex Brown as the light board operator.
The production was directed by Austin Riley with Betsy Novotny as co-director. Helen Reusch served as music director, Michael Altman was the producer and lighting designer, choreography was by Fran Savolskis, costume design and fabrication was by Toni Besh, sound and set construction was by Bobby Barko, and Christine Schott handled props and tech.