Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr."

Our 6th graders performed "Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr." this past May. All 123 of them! We had a blast. It was so much work, but I loved (almost) every minute of it. We had phenomenal students and an awesome group of parents that helped with costumes, make-up, and sets. If you are considering this musical, here are some things to think about:

1. Some of the staging can be challenging, but that can be a good thing to push creativity and imagination. 
2. It is a great musical for a large cast. 
3. Both boys and girls enjoyed participating.
4. There are a lot of online resources for ideas and inspiration.

Although it required an incredible amount of work, the final result made it worth the effort. The group of 123 sixth graders bonded through the experience. Each student either performed on stage or participated in stage crew or tech crew. Students, teachers, parents, and friends enjoyed the performances and were amazed at what the 6th graders accomplished.

Due to the size and talent of the class, we double-cast many parts. We were extremely fortunate to have not one, but TWO talented singers and actresses who happened to have red hair and were perfect Ariels. Here are a few pictures from our production. For additional photos click here for cast photos, here for action shots, and here for close-ups of face paint.

If you decide to produce this musical, I guarantee that it will have a positive impact on all involved!