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Swimming Towards the Drama Guild’s “The Little Mermaid”

Elizabeth Amstutz, Staff writer

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The Boardman High School Drama Guild is headed “Under the Sea” this November as they perform Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The cast has been busy rehearsing Monday-Thursday each week since September. The production stars Cora Ams as “Ariel,” Wil Arnim as “Prince Eric,” and Elizabeth Voytko as “Ursula.” The entire company, complete with ensemble members, stage crew, and pit musicians totals to at least 50 students involved. Set in a magical kingdom below the shoreline, The Little Mermaid tells the tale of a young mermaid who longs to leave her underwater home for the excitement and love that she believes can be found in the world above.  The score by Alan Menken features the original tunes that audiences already know and love, also toe-tapping numbers added exclusively for the stage production that may not be as familiar. This includes songs such as “She’s in Love,” an upbeat number sang by the sisters of Ariel, as well as a show-stopping Act two quartet, “If Only.” Additionally, the costumes and set pieces are a colorful treat for the eyes!  

Spearheading the show is new director Rachel Ruggieri, a BHS graduate who has her Bachelor’s Degree in the Fine Arts from Kent State University. She has been working on the show since July, perfecting choreography and blocking, growing with excitement as we draw closer to the performance. “The Little Mermaid is a show that every single person can relate to. We want the entire Boardman Community to be able to attend the show, so we chose something family-friendly and fun! Even though the story is well-known, the musical dives deeper into the lives of the characters making it new for even the biggest fans” answered Ruggieri when asked how she chose the show.

The extensive amount of rehearsal time not only makes for a great show, but also a tight-knit cast. “Each day I am watching them grow into better performers and better individuals. They are a family, and it is very heartwarming to see that as a director” beams Ruggieri. The Little Mermaid runs Nov. 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 pm in The Boardman Performing Arts Centre. Come check out the show, to ensure that you too may be “Part of Our World.”

       

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Elizabeth Amstutz, Staff writer

Have you ever met this incredible girl? No? You lost so much! Elizabeth is fifteen-year-old girl and studies in 10th grade. She is very creative and an active person. She likes to dance and sing. Do you know that movie trailers originally played after the movie? She knows many interesting facts. She wants to explore the world of food and try meals of different cultures but the most she likes is Italian food. She is really proud that she is a writer of poetry and performing. She has an older brother and likes the color purple. And now she is a part of a journalists’ team. She joined us because she likes to write and wants to be at the center of events.

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