‘The Little Mermaid’ this Friday, Saturday

Jennifer Walker - Special to the Tribune

CENTENARY — Gallia Academy High School will present its annual Spring Musical, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.

“The Little Mermaid” stage musical is based on the 1989 Disney film, and includes elements from the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, about an adventurous and independent young mermaid named Ariel who dreams of leaving her ocean home behind to join the world above. But first, she will have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with an evil sea witch named Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she is the girl whose enchanting voice he has been seeking.

With its beautiful underwater setting, elaborate sets and costumes, unforgettable choreography, and familiar songs like “Part of Your World”, “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”, Gallia Academy’s stage presentation of “The Little Mermaid” is sure to be a fun and memorable performance for the entire family.

Nattalie Phillips, vocal music director, Gallia Academy Middle & High Schools said, “There is nothing more magical than working with a group of passionate young people as they transform words on a page to reality on a stage. Everyone who attends these performances will see how hard the cast, crew, and pit orchestra have been working to bring this show to life. I am very proud of their efforts!”

Members of this year’s cast, crew, and pit orchestra are as follows:


Aurora Best (Maid/Chorus), Corinne Boyer (Atina/Princess), Jaquar Brown (Sailor/Chorus), Alexia Burnette (Maid/Chorus), Bailey Burnette (Gull/Chorus), Lily Burns (Chef/Chorus), Kobe Cochran (Grimsby), Wesley Collins (Sebastian), Marissa Davis (Chef/Chorus), Haley Donovsky (Aquata/Princess), Sydney Hood (Flotsam), Elizabeth Hoover (Scuttle), Kaitlyn Jarrell (Allana), Morgan Loveday (Chef Louis), Ethan Luoma (Prince Eric), Daniel Martyn (Sailor/Chorus), Alexis Massie (Maid/Chorus), Emma Mayse (Chef/Chorus), Chancey Odom (Leeward/Sailor/Chorus), Brooke Pasquale (Jetsam), Ida Patterson (Chorus), Samuel Petrie (Windward/Sailor/Chorus), Megan Phillips (Ursula), Gabe Raynor (Sailor/Chorus), Aryana Roach (Andrina/Princess), Conner Roe (Sailor/Chorus), Colton Roe (Flounder), Maddie Rose (Chef/Chorus), Linae Scott (Gull/Chorus), Luke Skinner (King Triton), Sophia Skinner (Arista/Princess), Taylor Staton (Adella/Princess), Grace Sydnor (Ariel), Andrew Toler (Pilot/Chorus), Abby VanSickle (Maid/Chorus), Dylan Walker (Sailor/Chorus)


Molly Fitzwater (Stage Manager), Haley Hughes (Stage Manager), Alyssa Marxen, Tabby McNeal, Ashleigh Miller (Stage Manager), Katie Queen, Ben Riddle, Kenedie Roush, Eli Rutherford, Cheyenne Savage (Stage Manager), Kierra Scott, April Sherwood, Carlin Short, Macey Siders, McKenzie Siders (Lights), Shawna Smith, Janelle Stevens, Kaitlyn Williams

Pit Orchestra:

Conductor: Mr. John Barrett, Accompanist: Ms. Nancy Downs

Emily Adamson (Clarinet), Ms. Hunter Arthur (Trumpet), Hope Boorum (Saxophone ), Sydney Crothers (Percussion), Mr. Ken Dodson (Horn/Trumpet), Ms. Kaiti Dovyak (Violin), Hannah Downs (Flute), Hannah Hoover (Percussion), Ms. Jemeia Hope (Oboe), Ms. Angie Hunt (Mallet Percussion), Candace McNeal (Saxophone/Flute), Brenna Mills (Clarinet ), Ms. Tiata Moore (Bass), Elizabeth Myers (Piccolo), Ms. Lindsay Pennington (French Horn), Jarrell Scott (Drums), Julianna Yates (Clarinet)

Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken wrote the musical score, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, wrote the book for the musical. Gallia Academy’s version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is being presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Event tickets, priced at $10 per person, will be available for purchase at the door on the night of each performance. Both shows will begin at 7 p.m. All seats are general admission and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Jennifer Walker

Special to the Tribune