Student actors in the Pine City High School theater program are excited to begin work on the stage production of Disney’s, “ The Little Mermaid.”

As rehearsals began on Sept. 16, a cast of 40 students met for the read through. They have been diving into the catchy tunes with music-focused rehearsals taking up the bulk of the first week. The cast will then dive into choreography and perfect the underwater feel of this iconic Disney classic.

“The Little Mermaid,” released by Disney in 1989 and later adapted for Broadway, focuses on Ariel (Ally Chromey) a mermaid daughter of Triton (Christian Fromm), the King of the Sea. Much to her father’s chagrin, Ariel falls in love with a human prince named Eric (Jacob Merrick). In her quest to win his affection, she falls victim to her wicked aunt Ursula (Emily Schueller) and her two eccentric eels Flotsam (Belle Helseth) and Jetsam (Katie Simon).

The public is invited to discover Ariel’s fate with four performances scheduled for November. Public performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9 and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. The special morning matinee event will continue this year on Thursday, Nov. 7. For more information visit the Pine City High School Theater website and Facebook page.

The cast for “The Little Mermaid”

Ariel - Allyson Chromey

Prince Eric - Jacob Merrick

Grimsby - Joseph Novak

Flounder - Lukas Struss

Scuttle - Kenny Vo

King Triton - Christian Fromm

Sebastian - Nate Webster

Ursula - Emily Schueller

Flotsam - Isabelle Helseth

Jetsam - Katie Simon

Aquata - Therese Welch

Andrina - Ashley Peters

Arista - Hailey Wilberg

Atina - Charlee Johanson

Adella - Sydney Wilberg

Allana - Vivian Cavallin

Pilot + Chef - Joshua Kunze

Chef Louis + Sailor - Chris Shellito

Leeward - Colin Maiwarum

Winward - Ethan Kelsey

Martina Degiorgis - Sea Creature

Frida Dini - Sea Creature

Evelyn Ames - Sailor/Chef

Gavin Schueller - Sailor/Gull

Alana Mangan - Sea Creature/Chef

Carolyn Mangan - Sailor/Chef

Kassedy Olson - Sea Creature/Chef

Brooklyn Shellito - Sea Creature/Chef

Chase Holmstrom - Sea Creature

Lizzy Simon - Sea Creature

Lena Roubinek - Sea Creature

Greyson Johnson - Sailor/Chef

Ellie Novak - Sea Creature

Stella Helseth - Sea Creature

Brecken Reiser - Sea Creature

Kayla Loucks - Sailor/Chef

Shelby Klar - Sailor/Gull

Erik James - Sailor

Caleb Wiechman - Sailor/Gull

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