Junior musical opens March 20

The sets are designed, the actors have hit their marks, and the house lights are ready to come down for the 12th all county junior musical production of “The Little Mermaid” on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m., Friday March 21, at 7 p.m., and Saturday March 22, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Struthers Library Theatre.

Tickets will be available the theater box office beginning this Monday 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. and from 11:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday as well as one hour before the show on show dates.

The all county junior musical has presented “School House Rocks,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and the last musical two years ago was “Mulan Jr.”

Students in the junior musical produce the sets, design the costumes and work as stage hands running lights and in house as ushers.

“I think this is a real growing process for the students. They have a lot of fun creating and doing the play. It is a good group of students,” producer and Warren Area High School art instructor Barb Kersey said. “”We have had wonderful support from the community and have raised enough money to bring in some of the elementary students for an educational day of behind the scenes at the theater, showing them some of the things our students have learned as they worked on the musical.”

This is Kersey’s third production with director Becky Yeager. This year Greg Waterman is in charge of building the sets for the musical; Ashlee Sprandle is the set designer and has been working with the students on painting and creating sets; and Barb Vanatta is in charge of creating costumes with the students.

Students have been holding rehearsals in the auditorium of Warren Area High School and working diligently to prepare for opening night.

“We really need to thank Mr. Flickner and the school district for allowing us to practice, create costumes and paint scenery all at WAHS. It makes things go so much easier when we are all at one site and able to try things on and make adjustments as we go. We also want to thank Mr. Waterman at the Career Center for creating our big set pieces. Without his help our ship wouldn’t come in,” Kersey said. “Another group we need to thank is the Warren Concert Association. They hold their practices at WAHS on Thursdays and have been very accommodating of our young people being here when they are also rehearsing.”

The All County Musical and the All County Junior Musical alternate years for performances. Last year the All-County Musical production was “Singin’ in the Rain.”

“The Little Mermaid” is a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen set in “a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice,” according to the Struthers Library Theatre.