Players took to the stage at the Burkley Fine Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday to showcase their talents during the Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
One of the directors of the play, Darby Davidson, believes that the production showed the strength of the arts Fairbury High School, noting that the play was a successful one.
“From the moment our dress rehearsal got done we heard a lot of input,” said Davidson. “There were a lot of people telling us that ‘it was awesome’ and that they didn’t want to see the play end. Seeing those reactions was great for the cast and crew. Some people have even said this is one of the best productions yet. We left it all out there on the stage, and that felt good to do.”
Joseph Fitzgerald, who also directed the play, is grateful for all of the support from the community and wished to thank everyone who attended. Davidson noted that the turnout for the The Little Mermaid was strong.
“I haven’t looked at the numbers yet, but it was packed on Saturday night and on Sunday,” Davidson said. “There were some empty seats on Saturday afternoon, but I think that was partly due to other events going on. With the change in schedule I wasn’t sure how Saturday afternoon would look, but on Saturday night we had the most pre-sale tickets. I want to say Sunday afternoon was our biggest crowd. We had more and more people each time. It’s good for our actors to have a large audience to feed off of.”
Davidson is grateful for all of the work her co-directors, Fitzgerald and Natalie Julin-McCleary, have put into the production, adding that their dedication helped to make The Little Mermaid a hit at Fairbury High School.
“We certainly couldn’t have done this without them,” said Davidson. “I’ve also got to give a shout out to Kam Lenhart too for loaning us equipment for communication. Looking ahead to the future, we have some ideas for what we want to do next year, but right now, we want to give this production some time to breathe. Looking at the cast and crew from this year, and then mapping some things out with future talent, I think everything is on the right track.”