IYT Little Mermaid Jr.

From left, David Antil (King Triton); Amelia Kaczmarek (Ariel); William “Finn” Morgan (Prince Eric); Gabby Brunson (Sebastian); and Taylor Baldwin (Flounder)

Take a delightful journey under the sea with Ariel and her second- through sixth-grade aquatic friends in Imagine Youth Theater’s production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

“Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and motion picture, IYT’s production of will charm audiences of all ages,” says a spokesman.

Fifth-grader Amelia Kaczmarek portrays the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, played by David Antil, and make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula (Nik Epstein). With the help of little fish friend Flounder (Taylor Baldwin), seagull pal Scuttle (Callie McHarney), and curmudgeonly crab Sebastian (Gabby Brunson), she seeks to convince the handsome Prince Eric, played by Finn Morgan, that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” brings together a remarkable creative team to support the young actors’ performances. David Lussier heads the production as the director and musical director, bringing the Academy Award-winning music to life. Carol Johnson and Nicholas Franco are the choreographic team, and the colorful, undersea world is captured by set designers Christine Fowle and Casey Burns-Thompson.

To add to the magic of this story, special attention has gone into costuming. Through creative repurposing of everyday clothing, designers Christine Fowle and Julie Cox-Taylor have captured the whimsy of the characters and the fairytale.

“No one would guess that a simple red jacket can turn into a fantastic crab costume for the character, Sebastian,” says Imagine Youth Theater’s executive director Rita Taylor.

This delightful Disney adaptation is being presented Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at The O’Neal School’s Hannah Marie Bradshaw Activity Center. Tickets are available now through ticketmesandhills.com and at the door 30 minutes prior to performances.

Imagine Youth Theater will hold auditions for Beauty & the Beast JR. (grades 2-12) on March 16 and 19. Imagine Youth’s Summer Stock Theater Camp for 2020 will include “Les Miserables (School Edition)” for IYT and “Aladdin Jr.” for IYT Jr.

Dance for musical theater classes are available year-long.

Call (910) 420-1025 regarding auditions or visit www.taylordance.org for details.

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