Preparing to present ‘The Little Mermaid’


Production at Gallia Academy March 31 - April 1

By Morgan McKinniss



Shown is the entire cast and crew of “The Little Mermaid” on stage.

Shown is the entire cast and crew of “The Little Mermaid” on stage.


Students practicing dancing and singing in preparation for “The Little Mermaid.”


Morgan McKinniss/ OVP

CENTENARY — Students at Gallia Academy High School are gearing up for their fast approaching musical production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Members of the Gallia Academy choir and band programs have been preparing for the full scale production set for the evenings of March 31 and April 1 at 7 p.m. The event will feature a full orchestra and all singing will be performed live. Tickets will be $10 at the door, and the musical will be held at Gallia Academy High School.

The range of students involved goes from sixth grade through seniors in high school. Many will sing and play instruments, but several more will be involved in technical production of sound and light management, and others still will work behind the scenes in setting the stage.

Grace Sydnor, reprising the role of Ariel said: “In music nobody sets the bar, you have to earn your way, but every role is equally important. Everyone fails if one person doesn’t do their part. ”

She was also asked what the benefits of participating in this kind of production and the music program in general, are, stating: “Teamwork and bonding from long hours together, working towards a singular goal is really important.”

The students have been spending nearly five hours every day after school for two weeks in order to prepare, while also practicing during school, starting in January. The amount of time involved teaches many students proper time management and responsibility, both of which are very important according to director Nattalie Phillips.

Phillips has been with the Gallia Academy music program in some form or another for more than six years now, four of which as a full time teacher and choir director. She has seen the program grow and is excited about the future of music at the school.

When discussing the benefits of events like this she explained: “A child who does not have a voice in life, always has a voice in theater, and that is very important.”

Music student Elizabeth Hoover explained it this way: “I found that learning music helped me deal with stress better and taught me to learn more efficiently.”

This was a sentiment shared with many of the students involved in the musical, when asked. Students added they are proud of their work and excited to share their efforts on the big stage.

Shown is the entire cast and crew of “The Little Mermaid” on stage.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/03/web1_DSC_00442017328105117321.jpgShown is the entire cast and crew of “The Little Mermaid” on stage.

Students practicing dancing and singing in preparation for “The Little Mermaid.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/03/web1_DSC_00292017328105128701.jpgStudents practicing dancing and singing in preparation for “The Little Mermaid.” Morgan McKinniss/ OVP
Production at Gallia Academy March 31 – April 1

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2432 or mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2432 or mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com