"I'm most excited to see all the kids on opening night, especially the ones who are doing theatre for the first time," Maria Mark, who also portrays Ariel, said. "I remember my first opening night and it was just amazing. You feel like you're on top of the world! I'm really excited for all the kids who get to experience that for the first time."
Other cast members are excited about the unique role they are playing.
"I am looking forward to being a crab of course. Where else do I get to have claws and not be looked down upon?" said Brooke Sheehy (Sebastian).
"I'm very excited for almost every song in this performance; they're classic Disney songs and you can always catch every cast member singing the songs even if they aren't casted to that specific song," said Jim Melton (Prince Eric).
Community theater veteran Lauren Graves (Sebastian) added, "The community should know how elaborate this show is, and how impressive this show is, especially for a junior production. This has to be the most intricate and detailed young actor's production that I have ever had a part in."
Thomas Whitcomb (Prince Eric) said, "It's going to be a great show and there is no reason not to come see this timeless tale of a young princess longing for her one dream."
The youth musical is directed by Jessen and music-directed by Dr. Mike Acquaviva. The production staff includes Julie Kays (assistant director), Kristin Kellermeyer (choreographer), Roch Hermantin (master set builder), Megan Attwood (set artist), and Kristin Benware and Deena Conway (producers). Many cast family members are volunteering behind-the-scenes.
Hendricks Civic Theatre's production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid JR." is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. It is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film.