Delightful music, colorful costumes, endearing cast and a clever stage arrangement combined to make "The Little Mermaid" a fun show to see at Treasure Village Family Theatre.
"Mermaid" opened Tuesday in a torrential rain storm. I give a pat on the back to sound man Gary Lambert for his efforts to make the actors on stage heard above the heavy rains on the metal roof accompanied by a thunderous background.
The costumes by Deb Clark were so appropriate to the story as well as provided a plethora of color for us to see. Good job Deb!
Gwen Gehrke portrayed Sabrina, the Little Mermaid with the right amount of innocence accompanied by a desire to grow up fast. Her sister, Nerina was played by Cassie Henshaw with grace of movement as well as skilled acting. We, the audience, all liked her.
Bravo to Laura Clark. She drew the role of Rudabah, the Sea Witch and she was a witch. Clark used her body, arms and voice to create a character that we disliked immediately. We grudgingly accepted her fairytale happy ending.
I really enjoyed the prince and his right hand man. Carter Lambert was Prince Edmund and Liam Knutson portrayed the servant Fiznik. They played off each other well and their vocal duet was very good.
All five actors on the stage sang well and, thanks to the skill of director Linnea Lambert, used body language as well as their voices perfectly to help us progress through the story.
It was opening day and, of all things, these young high school actors had to deal with noise beyond belief. They did a magnificent job of keeping in character throughout the storm and should be proud of their efforts.
Some of the youngsters in the audience had come from as far away as California, Florida, Missouri and Colorado to see Sabrina win over her prince charming. They and the adults in the theatre all enjoyed the show.
Many of the children had taken advantage of the face painting offered prior to the 10 a.m. start of the show. I enjoyed seeing how great they looked and how the decorative touch seemed to bring them into the fairy tale mood quickly. They all really seemed to be having a great time.
"The Little Mermaid" will be performed Tuesday through Saturday mornings through Aug. 10. The only exception is Fridays when the play will be "Pinocchio."
Treasure Village is located northwest of Milford on Hwy. 86.