The Little Mermaid (Jr)
4th July 2019
Lochgelly Centre Theatre
Type of Production
Author: Mike Pendlowski
An excellent evening of entertainment provided by this group of talented young people!
In the role of Ariel – the Little Mermaid in the title – Erin Cameron offered an engaging performance, helping to carry the story to people like myself, being one of the few people in the world who has never seen Disney’s epic, smash hit, later to become this musical!
Sam Morrison, as Prince Eric, made a gallant leading man, and at this point I would like to add that Sam’s diction, and that of all the principals, was extremely good, albeit small voices aided by radio mic’ing. A favourite of the audience was, of course, Flounder, played here by Abbie Reid-Rielly, presenting us with an energetic and entertaining performance. Oliver Morrison as Sebastian was in fine voice and also provided an entertaining performance with well-timed comedic moments. His leading of “Under the Sea” was most enjoyable. The sea witch Ursula (Ruby Barker) aided and abetted by her evil minions Flotsam (Molly penman) and Jetsam (Lucy Burns) all maintained characters throughout and gave good interpretations of their “baddies” roles. Scuttle (Jack Hadden), King Triton (Reece Smith), Grimsby (Daniel Shaw) and Carlotta (Katie Walkingshaw) all performed their cameo roles to the maximum, and last of the principals, but not least Chef Louis (Jamie Sutherland) brought appreciative responses from the audience in his rendition of “Les Poissons” – very well done!
The chorus of sea gulls and undersea creatures performed, sang and danced extremely well. Credit to Director Andrew Gardiner, Musical Director Ronan Corkey and Choreographer Yvonne Tait.
This was a first show for this new Youth group, and I feel they did themselves proud. Their enthusiasm was palpable, and promises bigger and even better things for the future!
Well done to all, and thank you for inviting us along to your debut show!