Friday, February 1, 2013
Even landlubbers can get up close and personal with underwater sea creatures and scenes with Abba’s House’s production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Feb. 8-9.
Members of the 40-person cast waving turquoise China silk will help bring to life, and the stage, an underwater world complete with sea creatures, mermaids and sailors. Costumes are being shipped to the Hixson venue to help create a more lifelike underwater scene.
The inspiration for the musical comes from the fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” written by Hans Christian Andersen, as well as from Disney’s popular animated film “The Little Mermaid.” The adaptation incorporates classic Disney songs like Ariel’s solo “Part of Your World” and Sebastian’s songs “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”
“We want to make Abba’s House an arm to reach out to the community and have community involvement in the arts,” said Gayla Austin, associate minister of worship at the church. “‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ is based around Ariel, who is the teenage daughter of King Triton. She falls in love with Prince Eric, a human. That love leads her to a path that is challenging.”
In the story, Ariel gives her voice to the sea witch Ursula in exchange for being human. Ariel is then given three days to get Prince Eric to kiss her in order to stay human, or else she will return to being a mermaid.
Main actors in “The Little Mermaid Jr.” are Girls Preparatory School student Silvey McGregor as Ariel, Chattanooga Christian School student Cameron Webb as Prince Eric, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences student Christian Craig as Sebastian the lobster, St. Jude School student Mia Florio as Scuttle the seagull, Oakwood Christian Academy student Cory Taylor as Flounder the fish, Hixson Middle School student Madison Swaney as Ursula and home-schooled student Kenan Markum as King Triton.
“I feel like the arts are a gift from God,” said Austin. “It’s our desire to be excellent in presenting the arts to glorify God. No matter what we do, we try to be a testimony to others and let the Lord’s light shine through us to bring others to him.”