Disney’s The Little Mermaid Makes Big Splash

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Weston Ranch High School Performing Arts presents Disney's

Weston Ranch High School Performing Arts presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

Photo by Joseph Contreras

Photo by Joseph Contreras

Weston Ranch High School Performing Arts presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

Arianna Carlos, Features Reporter

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Photos by Joseph Contreras

 

A tale of an underwater tail being traded in for land-walking legs will step onto the Weston Ranch stage tonight.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid’s, floating on musical notes familiar to viewers of the now classic animated film, will open 7 p.m. tonight.

Next week, the musical will continue with shows 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6. All shows will be $5 for children and $8 for adults.

The play’s student cast and crew performed a final dress rehearsal Thursday night.

Watching that preview, it was clear to see their hours and hours of practice and preparation on display. Weston Ranch’s Performing Arts students made up of the school’s show choir and “drama geeks” produced an entertaining, funny and vibrant work. And although there was no live orchestra or band, performers voices easily overcame that potential setback. Ariel will undoubtedly follow in the glass slipper steps of last year’s Cinderella as the school’s latest musical success.

Main roles in Disney’s animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen story brought to life include Erika Pongos (’17) as Ariel; Marquis Hannon (’17) as Prince Eric; Alexis Scivoletti (’19) as Ursula; Kong Yang as the crab, Sebastian; and Nathan Xiong (’19) as Flounder.

Stage fright nearly stopped Nathan Xiong from becoming Flounder. Auditioning for the play, Xiong said, was the result of being inspired and encouraged by friends and family to take a chance. Now, as a result of the rehearsal process, Xiong said he’s developed stronger acting skills.

No matter what happens opening night, “You have to continue to stay in character.” Xiong said, of the honor of being cast.

Like Xiong, Yang also said he feels honored to play memorable role of Sebastian, who tries to convince the little mermaid that compared to living on land, life is better “Under The Sea.”

Though it wasn’t his first choice, Yang said, “Getting this main role means a lot to me, since many auditioned to portray Sebastian and I got chosen.”

Each role, each song adds to the pure fun that is production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

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