By Jaclynn Seah
Let's face it, it's hot in Okinawa. Why not cool off under the sea? The Pacific Okinawa Players brings you Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr" opening this week. The story is the classic tale about a beautiful princess who lives in an underwater kingdom with her father, King Triton. Princess Ariel longs to explore land but she'll have to defy her father, overcome the Sea Witch, Ursula, and prove to Prince Eric that it was her voice that he heard and fell in love with.
The production is made up of more than 40 talented cast and crew members. The cast includes: Ariel (Alycia Desiderio), Prince Eric (Kaiden Greer), Ursula (Ellie Dolan), Sebastian (Robert Oboza), Flounder (Emma Leggio), Scuttle (Jensen Giles), King Triton (Christian Colorado), Chef Louis/Pilot (Jared Hendricks), Grimsby (Stephen Loftesnes), Flotsam (Lindsay Dolan), Jetsam (Isabel Burnett), Adella (Natalie Oboza), Allana (Grace Rogers), Andrina (Megan Fife), Aquata (Sophia Baumbach), Arista (Sophia Grubbs), Atina (Sabrina Wrachford), Carlotta/Sea Creature (Abigail Moore), Seahorse (Amelia Desiderio), Sea Chorus (Lily Oboza, Kaitlyn Fife, Tatum Jacobs, Madison Archebelle, Camille Robinson, Elizabeth Desiderio, Kyra Timberlake, Olivia Ready), Chef/Sea Chorus (David Washington Jr.), Chef/Sailor/Escort (Barrett Odom), Chef/Sailor/Escort (Rydan Arlan), Gull 1/Lagoon Animal (Hailey Caganap), Gull 2/Lagoon Animal (Lydia Riegert), Gull 3/Lagoon Animal (Naomi Wheeler), Sailor/Eel (Austin Desiderio), Sailor/Eel (Logan Hendricks), Sea Creature/Lagoon Animal (Destiny Caraveo), Sea Creature/Lagoon Animal (Kate Kaiser), Merpage (Evan Caraveo).
The production team includes: Director (Christine Smith), Assistant Director (Kelly Dolan), Musical Director (Melanie Bales), Stage Manager (Morgan England), Choreographer/Sound (Amy Pastoor), Costumer (Anne Rogers), Assistant Stage Manager (Kiana Lewis), Producer (Kate Smithyman), House Manager/Dance Captain (Lisa Dolan), House Manager (Dianne Fife), Sound (Kevin Pastoor), Sound (Josh Bales), Lighting Design (Gary Hughes), Light Tech (Fayth Mobley), Props Mistress (Stephanie Sullivan), Scenic Artist (Melvina Taylor & Kaitlyn Sullivan), Stage Crew (Salee Oboza, Eugene, Kaitlyn Sullivan, David Washington, Adrian Caganap, Bethany Wheeler, Josephine Robinson), Carpenter (Randy Pickens).
The play will take place on the following dates: May 18th, Friday, 7 PM, May 19th, Saturday, 2 PM & 7 PM, May 20th, Sunday, 2 PM, May 25th, Friday, 7:30 PM, May 26th, Saturday, 2 PM & 7 PM, May 27th, Sunday, 2 PM. The show will be held at the MCCS Community Center on Camp Foster.
Purchase tickets online, please go to this website. The box office will be open 1.5 hours prior to each performance. Tickets can also be purchased in person from a POPs member. This event is for the entire family to enjoy so you don’t want to miss out. Please check out the POPs Facebook and website for any questions and more information.
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