Eureka Springs Middle School students to perform 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' May 13-14
Eureka Springs Middle School students are ending the school year under the sea, and the public is welcome to dive in, too!
The students will perform "The Little Mermaid, Jr." at 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, in the Eureka Springs High School auditorium. The classic Disney title contains all the songs from the animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show.
It's the last play of the year, and 5th grader Kameron Agresto said he's looking forward to performing for the community. Agresto portrays Grimsby in the play, following after Prince Eric and making sure he stays safe.
"The very first song in the very first scene of the play … I like how it's really powerful," Agresto said, "and also, I get to pretend to throw up on people."
Agresto added, "My favorite part is the scene at the dinner table, because I get to pull aside Prince Eric and talk to him about Ariel. I pull him off stage towards the crowd."
Fellow 5th grader Anastasia Cummings portrays Sebastian, and she ends up running from 5th grader Aubry Huntley, who plays Chef Louis. Chef Louis loves cooking fish, Huntley said, and especially crab meat.
"I sing about fish and how I cut off their heads and pull out their bones," Huntley said.
"She gets to chop me in the head multiple times," Cummings said.
"Well, I almost chop her head off," Huntley said.
Sixth grader Abi Killion plays Ariel and said she's enjoyed rehearsing for the play with all her friends. One of her favorite parts of the play, Killion said, is when Ariel's sisters sing the song "She's in Love."
"It's a really fun dance and it's a good song," Killion said. "Rehearsals are super fun, because we practice and see each other make progress as a group. It's really awesome."
Playing the main character means she's featured in many scenes, Killion said.
"It's a fun part to play, because the costumes are really fun and I get to interact with so many characters during the play," Killion said.
Cummings said she's happy to be playing Sebastian.
"I like being able to be a sarcastic, witty crab on stage," Cummings said.
Preparing for the play is certainly nerve-racking, Cummings said.
"It's embarrassing at first, but then you get out there and you just kind of do it," Cummings said, "and you don't even notice you're doing it until it's over, and then you're like, 'Oh, I gotta come back to school for that.' "
"When you get out there at first, you may stumble because you're looking at everybody," Agresto said. "It's like they're staring daggers at you … but once you get into it, the moves are natural."
Huntley said she's excited to perform for the community.
"We've spent hours and hours and days and days practicing this one thing," Huntley said.
Agresto said he and his classmates have dedicated quite a bit of time to the play over the past few months.
"We put so much work into it," Agresto said. "We give a lot of our free time dedicating ourselves to the play, and it's worth it."
For Cummings, the reason to see the play is simple.
"It's just fun," Cummings said. "It's just fun to watch and be a part of."
Music teacher Donesa Mann said she's proud of the work her students have put in and encouraged the community to come out for one or both of the performances.
"This choir has been preparing for the productions since January," Mann said. "The students want the community to come see and hear what they enjoy so much: musical theatre. Patrons who come for the Monday performance can come back on Tuesday night for free."
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Eureka Springs School students are admitted free. No advance tickets are necessary.