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GHHS students to perform 'The Little Mermaid’

Krystle Wagner • Nov 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. – Life under the sea is coming to Grand Haven.

“The Little Mermaid” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17; and 1 p.m. Nov. 17, at Grand Haven High School’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show will be sold at the door and online at www.ghaps.org.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Families can meet the cast during a breakfast slated for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the high school’s cafeteria. Tickets are $5. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, and chance to interact with the cast.

Director Rita McLary said she tries to vary the type of show each year to give students the opportunity to gain different experiences as performers.

“The Little Mermaid” is well-known and a story that students have grown up with, McLary said.

Overall, 45 students are involved on stage and about a dozen are backstage making the Disney production possible. GHHS students also bring the music to life.

As high school students gear up for the production, they're also visiting their former elementary schools to promote the show and interact with younger students.

Stepping into the role of Ariel is the fulfillment of dream come true for GHHS junior Anna Bremmer.

Bremmer, 17, said Ariel is one of her favorite Disney princesses, and she’s excited to bring the mermaid to life.

Bremmer’s brother, Daniel, plays King Triton.

GHHS senior Quinn Remington is reprising his role as Prince Eric.

Remington, 17, also portrayed the prince during the Central Park Players production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Although the part is similar, Remington said there are differences and it’s a new experience for him.

The role is in the high school production is Remington’s first lead role in a non-junior production. Initially, Remington said he felt nervous, but now he’s excited for audiences to enjoy everyone’s hard work.

Remington said he’s looking forward to the character breakfast because he enjoys interacting with children, some of whom think they’re speaking with the actual character.

GHHS senior Mackenzie Hornak said she’s excited to portray Ursula, who is also Hornak’s favorite Disney villain.

Hornak, 18, said the character gives independent and strong women a voice, and it also opened her up to a confident side of herself that she’s never seen before now.

Miriam DeYoung, Tahlia Lehmann, Kinsley Schenkel, Samantha Korecki, Sophia Jaeger and Ali Clark play Ariel’s sisters.

Schenkel said playing one of the “mersisters” is a fun role because they’re involved in many extravagant numbers with singing and dancing.

GHHS freshman Henry Abraham said he’s glad he auditioned for the production.

Abraham, who plays Sebastian, said he enjoys the singing and acting, but he’s also enjoyed the connections he’s made with fellow castmates.

GHHS freshman Taya Andrzejewski, who plays Scuttle, said she felt like she became part of a family when she joined the cast.

Sophia Bates and Audrey Trucks bring to life the roles of Flounder and Chef Louis, respectively.

Trucks, a sophomore, said she hopes audiences enjoy the show.

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