Korah Collegiate and Vocational School is putting on its annual musical this week, and this year’s play takes you under the sea with Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Director and music teacher Denine Williams told SaultOnline that, coincidentally, The Little Mermaid movie is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, as is she with her employment at Korah, which she said she wasn’t aware of when she chose this production.
“It was quite ironic when everything came to face about a month ago,” she exclaimed.
This production, put on by the musical theatre students, has a cast of approximately 80 members from grades 8-12, and has been double and triple-casted, giving more students the chance to shine.
“It’s kind of crazy (hectic), but I do it because it really helps with mentorship for the younger kids if there are older kids that have been in the shows,” she explained, “it builds self confidence in the kids – I’ve never seen anything bad come out of musical theatre for the students. They leave here with a very positive attitude.
Williams says the positivity reflects in the kids that come back every year to help out, whether it be with costumes, set design, or on the technical side.
Trenton Whillans is one of the students cast in the role of Prince Eric, but he’s also working the technical crew, doing lighting and sound, as well as helping out backstage. He’s been involved with musical theatre throughout his four years of high school, but wasn’t on stage until last year’s production of Grease, where, after some persuasion from Williams, he played the character Roger.
“It ended up being a lot of fun,” he said, “so I was happy she dragged me on the stage.”
Because he enjoyed Grease so much, he decided to try out for The Little Mermaid, choosing to audition for the role of Prince Eric because
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s just nice to be around people who all enjoy musical theatre. It’s a good time.”
The Little Mermaid runs from Feb. 20-23. Doors open at 6:30p.m., and the show begins at 7p.m. There’s also a matinee show on Sunday at 1p.m.
Advance tickets cost $20 for Adults, and $10 for students and seniors.
Tickets at the door cost $25 for Adults, and $15 for students and seniors.
Korah is also hosting a Dinner And a Show Fundraiser on Feb. 22. starting at 5:30p.m.
Tickets for this cost $35 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors. These tickets are only available at Korah Collegiate and must be purchased in advance.
Tickets can be purchased at Korah or by clicking here. Williams urges people to get them before they’re sold out.