Under the sea

Tomorrow is opening night for the drama department’s fall musical, The Little Mermaid.


Nathan Baszuro

Scuttle (junior Kressin Hartl) gazes in awe at Ariel’s (Kendall Lawless’) new feet.

Tomorrow, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, actors and actresses in grades 6-12 will take audience members under the sea for this year’s fall musical, The Little Mermaid. Led by this year’s director, Courtney L’Heureux, Kendall Lawless (Ariel), Jared McAdam (Eric), and the entire cast are ready to dazzle the Cannon Falls community with the family friendly Disney show. 

Compared to past musicals, The Little Mermaid will stand out in L’Heureux’s eyes. Rather than doing a more contemporary show like last year’s production of Grease directed by Tania Legvold, L’Heureux decided to take the fantasy route. L’Heureux stressed, “Everyone loves The Little Mermaid or anything Disney.” Because it is a Disney production, the drama department will be pulling out all the stops to submerge audience members in a whole new world. 

Everyone loves The Little Mermaid or anything Disney”

— Courtney L'Heureux

Both Lawless and McAdam are eager to take the stage as Ariel and Eric on Thursday. “Playing a Disney princess is a lot of fun. I’m excited to see all the little girls’ faces,” Lawless revealed.  “I’m excited to play this role because it’s more serious than roles I’ve had in the past,” McAdam shared. Even though the lead roles in The Little Mermaid are Ariel and Eric, putting on a production this large wouldn’t be possible without the entire cast and crew. 

Playing a Disney princess is a lot of fun. I’m excited to see all the little girls’ faces”

— Kendall Lawless

Whether it’s a student’s first show or tenth, L’Heureux maintained that everyone brings something different to the table, making The Little Mermaid something nobody will want to miss. Lawless believes, “It doesn’t really matter what age you are. It’s a beautiful love story that is going to be fun to see.” Performances on November 7, 8, and 9 will start at 7 p.m. and on November 10 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Seating is on a first come first serve basis. At the door, regular tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. VIP tickets which are also available include reserved seating, a colored program, and a backstage tour for $12.