A group of Fairbury Jr./Sr. High Students is ready to show off their acting and singing skills during their performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Saturday and Sunday at the Burkley Fine Arts Center.
Darby Davidson, co-director of the performance, explained that the cast and crew have been working hard over the past seven weeks to pull off a stellar performance. She believes that the students involved bring a lot of talent to the stage.
“I see great things happening with the arts at Fairbury Public Schools,” said Davidson. “We’re trying some new things this year, like having a music pit just off stage to add another aspect to the performance. We wanted something different that a wide-audience could enjoy, which is why we chose The Little Mermaid. The actors have been experimenting with their characters, which is part of their growth in theater.”
Davidson hopes to see the seats packed for their performances. The curtains will rise the first time on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The other performances will take place on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.
“I’m just extremely proud of our cast taking initiative and ownership of their roles,” Davidson said. “They all have a lot of charisma on stage and work together really well. They leave it all out on the stage. We’ve had such a positive Fall with sports. Let’s end it on a high note with this amazing production that they’ve all worked countless hours on.”
Davidson explained that her fellow directors, Joseph Fitzgerald and Natalie Julin-McCleary, have been an immense help in setting up the production for success. She is grateful for their dedication and for all of their hard work.
“It’s always neat to see how everybody takes a piece and they just really latch on,” said Davidson. “Joe has been working with the students on music in the pit and Natalie has fine-tuned so many things. It’s going to be absolutely amazing to be able to sit back and watch what our students can do. I’m proud of them.”
Fairbury News Now had the opportunity to speak with some of the actors and actresses about the upcoming performance. Jayson Klaumann, who plays King Triton, explained that he has been experimenting with different ways to take on the role.
“I feel that with this role there comes a lot of anger,” said Klaumann. “That’s what stood out to me in the script. It’s been interesting to experiment with the different emotions that are in this role.”
Marah Shumard, who plays Aquata, one of King Triton’s daughters, encourages fellow and future students to get involved with the arts when they have the chance.
“It’s just so much fun,” Shumard said. “It’s really a great time. I really encourage the younger kids to do this. Some people may think this is a nerdy thing to do, but it’s so much fun!”
Britney Scheetz, who plays Scuttle the Seagull, is excited about the performance and she hopes to see a full house for the performances.
“We are all working to bring the character to life on the stage,” said Scheetz. “The Little Mermaid is a Disney favorite. We have a lot of fun in these roles, but we’ve worked really hard on this performance. We want to be able to show off our talents.”
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).