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DeSales to perform 'The Little Mermaid'

The students at DeSales Catholic School are inviting the community to come under the sea and see the tale of Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and all the other favorite Disney charactes as “the Little Mermaid, Junior” is performed.

The annual school musical will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 and 9, at the Historic Lockport Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave.

Members of the cast believe audiences, especial children, will enjoy seing this cartoon come to life on stage.

“The audience will enjoy the bright costumes, the music and all of the sets,” said eighth-grader Emelia Sullivan.

Sullivan will be playing the role of Ursula. This is her first lead in a musical and she is enjoying this opportunity to play the villain.

Eighth-grader Ella Kroening will be playing to part of Ariel. This is her fifth performance at DeSales and she also has participated in plays at the Palace and recently participated in Camp Broadway.

“I like being with my friends and the experience you get working with different directors,” she said.

For Kroening, her favorite song of the show is “Under the Sea” and said those attending will enjoy all of the music.

“A lot of the numbers are up beat,” she said. “It will keep the audience entertained.”

Fourth-grader Delaney Adams thinks the audience will also enjoy the song “Les Poissons,” which features chefs who are trying to cook Sebastian.

“It’s funny and there are good dances in it,” she said. “I’ve seen it a 1,000 times and I still love it.”

Adams is part of the plant life ensemble and is performing in her first play at DeSales. She said she always watched her sister perform in DeSales productions and knew she wanted to also be up on stage performing.

Fitfh-grader Sal Gagliano will also be performing in his first production. He is playing the roles of a sailor and a chef.

He was encouraged by Director of Marketing and Admissions Ellen Roth to perform in the musical, because she thought he would be great. So he decided to give it a shot and really enjoyed it. He thinks the audience will enjoy the different costumes in the show, like he does.

Robert Beaulieu, an eighth-grade student will play the role of Chef Louis.

“I like how there are sea creatures and humans in the show,” he said. “The audience will also like all the funny songs.”

There are 90 students from grades fourth through eighth in “the Little Mermaid.”

The show is is directed my DeSales music teacher Kelly DiStefano. Robby Syruws is the choreogropher and Jen Martinez is the stage manager. Roth said many of the parents and grandparents of the students also help to create the costumes and build the sets.

Tickets for “the Little Mermaid” are $5 and are reserved seating. Tickets are available for pre-order through Feb. 1 on the DeSales website. Tickets will also be available the nights of the show at the Palace box office. For more information visit www.desalesschools.org.
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