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Wayward Players Rehearsing for ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ in New Martinsville

Cast members of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” include, front row from left, Alyssa Boggs and Will Paolella; and back row, Makayla Salisbury and Willy Salisbury.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Rehearsals continue for ArtsLink’s presentation of the Wayward Players’ children’s theater production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 1-3 and at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Lincoln Theater, 242 Main St., New Martinsville.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.

As much of the story takes place on or under the sea, Ariel has a lot of nautical friends and foes. Justice Robinson portrays Ariel, with Destiny Robinson as the evil Ursula. Sailing the sea are William Paolella as Prince Eric; Victorino Valentin as his minion, Grimsby; Nathan Schramm as the Pilot; and Helena Long and Jourdan Schramm as Sailors. The Eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, are Fay Salisbury and Simon Cannizzaro. The Seagulls are Talan Chambers (Scuttle) with Lindsey Barcus, Carleigh Jo Cochran, Arielle Yost, and Makayla Salisbury. Sebastian, as Crab, is played by Serenity Strother. And Creatures of the Sea include Meadow Smith, Jayden Long, Aubrey Parsons, Alice Dietrich, Kayden Renner, Joellen Witschey, and Evan Mace.

Tickets are now on sale. Reserved seat can be purchased online at www.artslinkwv.org. General admission tickets will be available at the door. All tickets will also be obtainable by calling the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278.

This children’s theater activity is sponsored by Ohio Valley Online. Opening night refreshments are sponsored by WesBanco. Grant funding for this program provided by Walmart with additional financial assistance from City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, Libby’s Kids Ministry, and Witschey’s Supermarket. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact ArtsLink at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. For information, visit www.MTIShows.com.

For more information or to preregister, please call the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278.

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