Russellville High School will once again be performing a spring musical and this year’s installment is especially magical.
Students in grades 6-12 will be presenting “The Little Mermaid,” a relatively new play with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater that is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film.
“This is a new play – it just came available for amateur groups to do in September,” said director Brian Brown. “It’s been on Broadway for several years. We’ve had a blast getting ready for it. Some of the kids have done their own choreography and we rented some our costumes and they are just fabulous.”
The students will perform the play on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and children five and under are free.
“It’s a great show and a lot of fun,” Brown said. “Little kids will love it and so will adults.”
As in past years, the cast will be available in costume for a meet and greet in the lobby following each performance.
“That’s always a neat thing we do,” Brown said. “It gives the little kids an opportunity to take their pictures with the characters. We had a little girl the other night who was in so happy because she got to take her picture with a mermaid.
Russellville opened the show this past weekend with one performance.
“It went really well,” Brown said. “The students always have some nervous anxiety before the first show, but when they get on stage and get that immediate feedback from the audience and it all starts to come together.”
The production has been a long time in the making with preparations beginning in February.
“We did auditions then and also started working on backdrops and props and sets,” Brown said. “That work continued until right up until this past weekend.”
Work on the script and music began in early March.
Brown has been working with the Russellville students to perform a spring musical for several years now and almost have the process down pat.
“In the last several years, I’ve had enough students that have been a part of these in previous years that it has made it a lot easier,” Brown said. “The older students know how these work. They know the process. It’s a lot of work, but it’s pretty streamlined.”
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