In 2013, we did The Little Mermaid Jr. And, believe it or not, we loved it so much that we rejoined The Little Mermaid Jr. family with Creative Arts Summer Theater (CAST) this year (2015). As expected, this time it went a little differently. In 2013, I got casted as Sebastian, Ariana as Ursula. Needless to say, we didn’t get the same roles with teens in the mix. Still, we did pretty well, if I do say so myself.streaming The Circle 2017 movie
This time, after much time and effort preparing our audition songs (“I Know Things Now” for Ariana and “The Girl I Mean to Be” for me) we became Sebastian (Ariana) and Scuttle (me.) We were elated to get two main roles, since we were competing with much older kids for roles.
The cast had only 26 people (tiny compared to our previous 75 person casts. ) ranging in age from 8-18 (We’re 11.) It was difficult to make elaborate scenes with such few people, but we managed. The only time the lack of cast members was really noticeable was during “big” numbers like “Under the Sea”, since in 2013, we had almost four times the people onstage.
Speaking of the stage, we didn’t really have one. We had an awesome, awesome, backdrop, but since we performed in a gym with bleachers for the underwater effect, we had nothing to perform on but the gym floor. To make up for it, the backdrop was super realistic, and we even got to help make some of it. One of the parent-volunteers was a magician, so he showed us some cool tricks while others were getting makeup done.
And boy, was the makeup elaborate. The director did mine (a very sweet talented woman). It ended up looking really good, with “feathers” around my eyes and a beak-like nose, but it was a little awkward having her at such close quarters. Ariana’s face was tinted red and they tried to make her look like a crustacean but I think the makeup just made her look sick!
In the end, though, it was a really great experience. We made tons of friends, and had fun acting, singing and more!