FONDA – The Fonda Fultonville Theatrical Company will perform its spring musical, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, ” this weekend.
Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fonda-Fultonville High School.
“We try to pick shows that are going to be appealing to the kids in our production, as well as the community,” said Stephanie Brewer, co director of the musical. “And, we try to alternate between doing more princess-like shows and shows that might appeal to a different crowd. And this was a year for a Disney show. We thought that this show fit the kids that we have right now, and their ability levels, and would be a great show to offer the community.”
The production has about 40 students involved in grades 7-12 between the cast and crew, Brewer said.
“Our cast is very talented, we’ve got a lot of seniors this year who have been in our program for years, so this is sort of like their last hurrah,” Brewer said. “And we’ve got a lot of new talent too. They’ve all been working very hard, our sets are coming together, the dancing is coming together, I think it’s going to be a great show.”
The story of “The Little Mermaid” is based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale and the popular 1989 Disney animated film. It tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel as she decides she wants to become human to be with a man, prince Eric, who she watches from the sea. Ariel agrees to exchange her voice for a pair of legs to a sea witch named Ursula. Without a voice, Ariel goes on a mission to get the prince to fall for her.
Tickets for the musical are available for purchase online in advance for $10, and seat selections are made with advanced purchase. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.
Senior Page Girard, 17, plays Scuttle the seagull in the musical. She said her favorite part about being in the musical this year is the “amazing people” who are in the club and the directors who help the students have the opportunity to have an outstanding show.
“I think people in the community should come see the production this year because it is something the whole community will enjoy,” Girard said. “It is a take on a classic story that everyone knows, so I believe everyone would have a good time, especially those who have younger children. We have worked incredibly hard to make this show the best it can be, and I think everyone in the community would have a great time.”
The theater program has had a “blast” practicing lines, songs and dances together this year, said senior, Jaclyn Codi, 17, who plays Ariel.
“This is my fifth year with the FFTC (FF Theater Co.) and I can’t imagine not being a part of the production,” Codi said. “I love being able to express myself on stage in ways that I don’t normally do. I’ve enjoyed helping choreograph different dances in the show, especially the dance break with Scuttle and Ariel at the beginning of Act 2.”
Senior, Tyler Couture, 17, plays Prince Eric in the musical. He says people should come see the musical because it will be a chance for them to see both an “entertaining” show and support an “extraordinary” organization at the same time.
“My favorite part of being in the Musical is being able to perform in front of a large audience, as there is nothing more invigorating than being on stage in front of viewers,” Couture said.