‘Little Mermaid Jr.’ swims onto stage

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Characters from “under the sea” will come to life this week when the Central Park Players present “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

The shows will take place 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday at Grand Haven Community Center. There is also a 2 p.m. show Saturday. 

Although the musical and classic Disney movie have similarities, Kim Sorenson, the local show’s director, said there are a few added numbers from the Broadway version, including tap dancing seagulls.

The musical also lends itself to more character development and lighting to make the audience feel like they’re in the action, said Mary McGinnis, who plays Ariel’s best friend Flounder.

McGinnis, 17, said they also plan on interacting with the audience.

Although the 22 cast members range in age from 9 to 18, McGinnis said it feels like one of the more professional shows she’s been involved in, and Sorenson has given more creative ideas.

Sorenson said the best part has been the professionalism of the students.

“I’m so excited at just what these kids have in store and what they’re capable of,” she said.

Since McGinnis is going into her senior year of high school, she wanted to get involved in the show because it’s one of the last chances she has to do a show with her friends. Plus, she likes the Little Mermaid.

McGinnis, who has been involved in almost 20 productions, said the role of Flounder is unlike her other roles, and it’s helped her learn how to portray a different type of character. This production has also helped McGinnis learn more about the backstage elements of a show.

Previously, McGinnis has played roles such as Sandy in “Grease” and Lucy in “Charlie Brown.”

After five weeks of rehearsals, McGinnis said they have the talent and costumes to make it a great show, and she hopes it’s one the audience will enjoy.

“It’s an amazing family show and the kids will love it,” she said.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Seating is general admission.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.centralparkplayers.org/Family_Theatre_Feature or by phone 616-843-3906.

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