The Little Mermaid Junior making a splash

Disney's The Little Mermaid Junior would show at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden from July 15-22. The cast in rehearsal.
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Disney's The Little Mermaid Junior would show at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden from July 15-22. The cast in rehearsal.

The Little Mermaid Junior is making a splash in Glen Eden these school holidays.

The singing sea creatures of the Disney classic are set to take the stage at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden from July 15-22.

Director Terry Rutledge said the 28 actors involved, aged from 8-to-18, were "hyped up" for the high energy show.

King Triton played by Joshua Williams.
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King Triton played by Joshua Williams.

The production was based on the Hans Christian Andersen story which had been adapted for a film and broadway show, a press release said.

The play was set in a magical underwater kingdom where young mermaid Ariel longed to leave her ocean home for the world above.

First she had to defy her father, king of the ocean, make a deal with evil sea witch Ursula, and convince handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice he's seeking.

Prince Eric is played by Jayden Smith. Smith said a favourite scene was the finale because he got to kiss the girl.
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Prince Eric is played by Jayden Smith. Smith said a favourite scene was the finale because he got to kiss the girl.

Ariel was played by Monica Ellmers, and Prince Eric by Jayden Smith. 

Smith, 16, said it was the first time he had done a play like this outside of school.

"I'm so pumped."

It had been fun and everyone got along with each other, he said.

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The Henderson Valley resident said his one of his favourite scenes was the finale.

"It's a good way to wrap things up, plus I get to kiss the girl."

Production manager Allan Howie said it was fun show and the company was inviting everyone to "come along for the ride".

"This show really has it all."

The Sunnyvale resident said "bouncy" was probably the first thing that came to mind when describing it.

He said it had just the right amount of scares to make it exhilarating, as well as funny characters like Sebastian the crab and Ariel's side-kick Flounder.

Howie said for the actors it was about learning and growing, and many of the kids in the major roles had grown up in the theatre.

Tickets are $15 and can be bought from iticket.co.nz

For more information go to facebook.com and search playhouse theatre incorporated.

 - Western Leader

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