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CTL aims to make waves with rendition of ‘The Little Mermaid’

For its season finale, the Community Theatre League invites its audiences to dip below the surface of the sea.

The family musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” has 7:30 p.m. performances on June 17, 18 and 23-25, with 2 p.m. matinees on June 19 and 26 at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St., downtown Williamsport.

Based upon Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved tale and Disney’s animated film, “The Little Mermaid” has music by Alan Menken, including “Under The Sea,” an Oscar winner for “Best Original Song.”

In CTL’s stage version, Aubyn Johnson makes his directing debut, with music directed by Amanda Haney and choreography provided by Kizzy Gula.

Johnson strongly encouraged students who have never been on stage to audition for a featured or ensemble role. His successful efforts resulted in one of the largest casts ever assembled for a CTL production.

Principal parts are played by Jade Phillips as the young mermaid, Ariel, Dakkota Deem as Prince Eric, Navaeh Williams as Ursula, and Matthew Fulkerson as King Triton.

Ariel’s friends and other featured roles include: Ian Harris, Kara Heim, Nicole Shoop, Kyle Huggins, Isaiah Inch, Arcadia Durant, John Nickolaus, Megan Louder, Kaitlyn Hill, Jayla Furman, Lesley Shuman, Madeline Williamson and Lanie Mussina.

Included in the large ensemble (many of whom are making their stage debut) are: Megan Lowe, Johanna Pelly, Caroline Pelly, Miles Soha, Rebecca Winter, Hannah Bastian, Addison Beck, Klaire Eichenlaub, Jake Butters, Abby Richardson, Christopher Jones, Daniel Jones, Michael Harry, Elizabeth Kirk, Paiton Miller, Lydia Tressler, Elaina Bartley, Madeline Jennings, Katie Kelley and Rosena Campana.

In the storyline, a young, free-spirited mermaid named Ariel, longs to live above the water, become human, and win the love of the handsome prince Eric. But first Ariel has to defy her father Triton, the King of the Sea, and strike a bargain with the sneaky sea queen Ursula to trade her tail for legs.

Ariel also has the tough task of convincing her true love that she has the perfect voice. With help from her friends Flounder the fish and Sebastian the crab, Ariel proves that with determination and courage, all things can be made right in both worlds.

According to the show’s director, Walt Disney always requires a happy ending, which means wedding bells for Ariel and her prince, Eric.

As CTL’s Executive Artistic Director Seth Sponhouse notes, “With this cast, ‘The Little Mermaid’ is bound to make a splash!”

Call 570-327-1777 or visit ctlshows.com for tickets and more information.

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