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Students to take audiences 'under the sea'

More than 40 area youth will participate in the Alexandria Area Arts Association's Student Theatre Projects production of The Little Mermaid, Jr., based on Disney's 1989 animated feature film, August 1-3 and 8-10 at 7 p.m. (Contributed photo)

The Alexandria Area Arts Association's (AAAA) Student Theatre Projects will present Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. August 1-3 and 8-10 at 7 p.m. at the AAAA Theatre.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. is based on Disney's 1989 animated feature film that follows the young mermaid princess Ariel on her quest to see the world above.

The show contains all of the songs from the Academy Award-winning Disney film, including Under the Sea, Part of Your World and Kiss the Girl.

Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, Triton; escape the clutches of the evil sea witch, Ursula; and convince a charming prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice.

The production is the conclusion of the AAAA's Student Theatre Project, a month-long intensive summer camp designed to introduce students to the various aspects of theater.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. and The Student Theatre Projects are directed by David Christman. The production staff includes Holly Wallerich, assistant director/costumes/props; Lindsey Roers, choreography; Quincy Roers, technical design; Colin Robertson and Kent Kolstad, sound design; Rachel Capistrant, vocal director; and Scott Giannone, technical crew.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and $10 for kids 10 or younger. They can be purchased in advance by calling the AAAA box office at (320) 762-8300.

Music is by Alan Menken, the book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glen Slater, and music is adapted and arranged by David Weinstein.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. and the Student Theatre Projects are sponsored by Douglas Machine of Alexandria.

For more information, call the AAAA at (320) 762-8300.

CAST (In order of appearance.)

Pilot - Evan Slack

Sailors/chefs - Colin Barten, Shelby Ebacker, Emily Erickson, Erin Hollingsworth, Jacob Matt, Katy Niemeyer

Prince Eric - Tyler Carlson

Grimsby - Aaron Swedberg

Seahorse - Sydnee Byrne

King Triton - Daniel Roers

Sebastian - Connor Doebbert

Princess Atina - Lexi Hagen

Princess Arista - Camille Johnson

Princess Adella - Bailey Myrin

Princess Aquata - Emily Prestby

Princess Allana - Haley Wegner

Princess Andrina - Mari Wosepka

Princess Ariel - Josie Gompf

Flounder - Cami Pederson

Scuttle - Greta Hobbs

Gulls - Abbie Biegner, Makia Krippner, Rachel Wallerich, Claire Wilmesmeier

Ursula - Brittany Wallerich

Flotsam - Katie Bowen

Jetsam - Hope Burnham

Carlotta - Madison Nowling

Chef Louie - Winston Anderson

Sea chorus - Lauren Albrect, Ki Blaser, Javelynn Gallagher, Rachel Kumoruwicz, Macala Nelson, Carly Paulson, Lauren Russell, Analea Sheets, Brody Uhlenkamp, Anja Williams