Rye Neck High School will present “The Little Mermaid” as its musical production from Feb. 27-29 at the Performing Arts Center. Directed by theater director Scott Harris, the musical features 40 students in the cast and 51 students in crew who will take audience members on an underwater adventure and play larger-than-life characters on stage.
“So much of this production is color, light, costumes and effects to give the audience that underwater feeling,” Harris said. “We’ve got some amazing sets, and a lot of thought went into how to create this feeling of truly being part of a different world once you walk into the theater. Plus, we’ve got some of the most talented singers I’ve ever worked with at a Rye Neck production. Just beautiful voices, all around.”
“The Little Mermaid” – the Broadway musical based on the classic 1989 animated film – tells the story of a young woman who wants more than what she has. She loves her family, but is uneasy, discontent. She wants to explore beyond her borders, see what else is out there and learn more about herself.
“The production is a massive undertaking, and so much of it is accomplished by our talented and professional theater students,” Harris said. “I’m very proud of the theater program we have at Rye Neck, all the pieces of it functioning together to create these beautiful productions. I think our audiences will truly enjoy the fruits of their labor.”
Over the last three months, the students have been diligently working on their lines, choreography and vocals, while crew members have been designing and creating sets and building a 24-foot boat. In addition to Harris, the students are assisted by choreographer Francesca DeAngelo and Kathryn Krull on vocals. Taking on the role of Ariel is student Sophia Gennusa, who has several Broadway credits, including Matilda Wormwood in “Matilda the Musical.” She recently appeared in NBC’s “The Enemy Within” and has multiple other credits to her name.
As a special treat to its youngest audience members after a Saturday matinee performance, Rye Neck High School will invite children to meet the cast and have their picture taken with them. Then, children who are interested will be treated to a backstage tour, where they’ll be invited to see how the musical is put together.
Performances are Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children, and are available at www.rnhssm.booktix.com