VVTG’s Twist on a Disney Classic: The Little Mermaid

East Hall’s theatre department, VVTG (Viking Vision Theatre Group) will soon be performing  Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the classic Disney movie that tells the tale of a young mermaid, Ariel (played by senior, Allie Ladd) who is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, she falls for a human prince. Determined to live on land with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (played by senior Maura Ostrander) to become human for three days, in exchange for her beautiful voice.

 

Maura Ostrander as Ursula

 The stage musical version of this timeless tale has all the songs you love from the movie and more. There’s new songsfor Scuttle the seagull, (played by senior, Abigail Ivey) and songs for Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula’s eel henchmen, (played by seniors Andrew Autry and Holly Wade). Ursula gets new songs that help flesh out her backstory and Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric (played by freshman Colton Hewell) gets new songs that help show his ambitions and thoughts throughout the show.

 

The production will have a unique design, many of the costumes, sea creatures, and set pieces are made entirely from repurposed objects. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped in the world’s oceans every year, and this production highlights that. A lot of recycling has gone into making this production. From Ursula’s tentacles and eels being made from recycled 2 liter soda bottles to coral reef made from pool noodles, fish made from milk jugs, and curtains made from grocery store bags everything on stage will be made from stuff that fills recycling bins. 

 

The show is also unique as it is a student run show, almost every element of the production is created by the seniors of VVTG. Choreography, set, costumes, Directing and more all handled by seniors of the department, Andrew Autry, Maura Ostrander, Rachel Bonilla, Allie Ladd, Holly Wade, Abigail Ivey, Josh Chandler and Bailey Maxwell have all taken initiative to make this show the best it can be. 

The show will be performed 6 times. March 4th and 5th at 7pm and then 6th and 7th at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets must be purchased online before the dates of the show; to order your tickets now visit vvtg.booktix.com