Go under the sea at Turners Fall High School

  • Students rehearse Wednesday night for the upcoming production of the “Little Mermaid” by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Samantha Thorpe, left, practices the lead role of Ariel with Ian Farrick, who plays King Triton, during rehearsal Wednesday night for the upcoming production of The Little Mermaid by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Samantha Thorpe, bottom left, practices the lead role of Ariel during rehearsal Wednesday night for the upcoming production of the “Little Mermaid” by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Students rehearse Wednesday night for the upcoming production of the “Little Mermaid” by Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Korey Martineau practices his role as Sebastian during rehearsal Wednesday night for the upcoming production of The Little Mermaid at Turners Falls High School. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff writer
Published: 3/14/2019 6:37:34 PM

MONTAGUE — Go under the sea at the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School performance of the “Little Mermaid.”

The show features 20 songs, including all the songs from the Disney movie, many special effects, set pieces including a 24-foot ship. It has been an “all-hands-on-deck” production with parents, students and faculty working to make it a success.

The musical is based on the Disney film and is directed by Kayla Dedischew and Sue Dresser.

The cast ranges from grades six through 12, and actors said they’ve enjoyed portraying the characters.

Ninth-grader Samantha Thorpe plays Ariel and will be sliding across the stage on her Heelies sneakers. Thorpe said she tried out for Flounder first and was cast as the lead.

“I didn’t see myself as Ariel at first, but now I feel a lot more connected to with the part,” Thorpe said. “I’ve been part of the musicals for the past three years and really enjoyed the environment.”

Sixth-grader Julian Mayo, who plays Flounder, also tried out for a different part.

“I auditioned for Chef Louie, and I was not expecting a big part my first year,” Mayo said. “Flounder is great, he’s loveable, he has his own song in this show – unlike the movie – it’s really fun.”

Ninth-gradeer Ian Farrick, who plays King Triton, said he joined because the musical looked fun.

“A special part of being in this musical is how close we are,” Farrick said. “We have a really good time working with each other and there’s a big payoff. We just enjoy being around each other and it shows.”

Stage manager for the show, Junior Aly Murphy, said she believes the sets and costumes took a lot of effort and shine in the show.

“The props, like the jellyfish or Triton’s throne, they all took time and effort,” Murphy said. There were a lot of people who made the set pieces in a short period of time. It feels good to be part of this show and I think the rewarding part is people coming to see it.”

The show will be in the Turners Falls High School auditorium tonight, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. and a matinee showing on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are sold at the door and are cash only. Students and seniors pay $10 and general admission is $12.

“Folks should come because it is an awesome show,” Dedischew said. “The story is almost completely accurate to the movie, it is kid-friendly, and it will keep you entertained from start to finish!”




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