Elkin High to present adventure under the sea

Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer

March 19, 2013

Elkin High School seniors head under the sea this weekend for their senior play, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

According to organizers, the production will open Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Auditorium at the high school and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and children and will be available at the door. The doors to the auditorium seating will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

The event is sponsored by the Foothills Arts Council.

Directing this year’s seniors are Leighanne Martin Wright, Kim Arnold (choreography) and Tonya Smith (music).

According to the art council, this is the seventh year the three have worked together on a senior play production (eight for Wright and Arnold). The students have been meeting since January, dancing, singing, and helping to build sets and costumes. The costumes were designed and built by Wright including Scuttle, Ursula, Flounder and the sea creatures.

Selection of the play required a careful eye by art council officials who jumped at the opportunity to produce it.

“Actually when I saw the title was going to be available through Music Theatre International I wanted to do it last year, but it was not released until late last spring. So we did Disney’s Aladdin for 2012. But I held onto my thought and applied for Little Mermaid as soon as I could,” said Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director of the Foothills Arts Council.

The cast consists of Hannah Barron as Ariel, Caleb Harris as Sebastian, Madison Durham as Ursula and a mersister, Victoria Harris as Flounder, Seth Creed as Scuttle, Jonathan Parker as Triton, Houston Parks as Prince Eric, Chance Hogan as Grimsby, Sam Lane and Tyler Stoltzfus as the eels Flotsam and Jetsam, Jonne Miley, Morgan Minton, Damaris Minoso, Alix Hall and Jasmine Strickland as the mersisters and Carlotta, Logan Newman as Chef Louis and a sailor, Coley McCulloch as the seahorse and a sailor, Jake Pickett, Luke Williams, Ashton Gant and Frank Miller as sailors and sea creatures. Also in the production are seniors Ray Arnold, Logan Minton, Jonathan Young and Josh Brinegar backstage, in the light booth and in the orchestra. Rounding out the orchestra pit are Smith on keyboard and Josh Casstevens on bass.

“This cast may not be huge (in comparison to the size of other productions), but it is powerful,” said Wright.

“Great singers and actors, plus they are having fun and it shows on stage. I love how our Ursula turned out. Madison doesn’t wear her costume, she rides it,” she said.

The family friendly production runs about an hour and 15 minutes.

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