Wow! What a night. SGCS’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid was just what everyone needs in their life: music, humour, joy, and love.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid first screened in 1989 and remains one of the most beloved musicals, featuring a headstrong heroine, Ariel, who passionately pursues her dream to be part of the human world.
The lead characters of Ariell, played by Melody Tambun and Prince Eric, played by Alex Putra were supported by strong performances from the cast of 34 students from Middle School and Senior School.
Sebastian played by Aoki Ng, shimmered in a red tuxedo, perfectly carrying out the difficult task of Ariel’s minder. The gutsy little crustacean never gave up trying to persuade Ariel that “Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there”.
Scuttle, played by Chrisopher Tyas brought comic relief and energetic enthusiasm to every moment of his time on stage. Whilst Grimsy, played by Tom Deuis, captured the persona of the committed guardian to Prince Eric, bent on seeing him married before his 21st Birthday. Grace Peters portrayed the love-sick, fearful character of Flounder with much tenderness.
Cameron Daly ably played King Triton, a father perplexed by his wayward daughter and the responsibilities of his kingdom.
Olivia Westman’s powerful performance as Ursula, at such a young age was mind-blowing. Along with her sinister mornay eel minions, Flotsam and Jetsam, played by Heidi Jackson and Cherish McDougall, she dominated the stage.
When Elijah Peters as Chef Louis appeared on stage in Act 2, he lifted the entire performance with his French accent and battle with all things fishy, including the combatant, Sebastian.
The starring actors were electric on stage. Their level of performance seemed to intensify from opening night to the grand finale.
The surprise performance of teacher, Mr Scott Wimble, led gravitas to the role of Pilot. He seemed born to play a ship’s captain. The Band conducted by Mrs Amy Canning, featured current students, their tutors, and Alumni. The live music certainly enhanced the stage performances.
The set design was simple but effective creating a believable underwater world. At times, with little more than a long sheen of fabric, lighting and music, the audience was taken to the depths of the ocean and back again to dry land.
It was an exhilarating evening of entertainment. Congratulations to all those involved in the production.
SGCS Production Team: Jaala McDonell (Director); Amy Canning (Music Director); Claire Deck (Choreographer) and Emily Turner (Musical Producer).
Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Music by ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN & GLENN SLATER
Book by DOUG WRIGHT
Based on Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film
produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.