The Little Mermaid by the Mortensen Elementary School drama club in Littleton, Colorado, were fabulous. I know this because my dear wife and I traveled from our Salt Lake home to witness the presentations on Thursday and Friday evening. Of course, I’m not prejudiced because our ten-year-old granddaughter played the lead role of Ariel.
Her singing, acting, and dancing were superb. Her smile was brilliant. She stayed in tune and even hit the really high notes.
Her vibrato was just right. She gave real feeling to the character. The thirty other cast members—all fourth, fifth, and sixth graders—were all excellent.
They were well-directed and coached. Obviously, they had practiced long and hard over many months. The costumes were brilliant.
The stage props were awesome—especially for an elementary-school production. The underwater artwork was realistic, and the movable pieces were rotated effortlessly into place through the various scenes. Each of the actors wore an individual microphone headset—an indication of the fine technical support.
But it wasn’t so much this grand production that impressed and touched me the most. It was more so the many positive interactions between the cast and the audience members that transpired after the performances. There were many comments of praise and congratulations to the cast followed by humble, circumspect responses of, “Thank you.
”One such interaction was especially poignant to me. The initial performance was for the student body during school hours on Wednesday—which we missed. On Thursday, a little girl in kindergarten who my granddaughter did not know handed her a picture of Ariel she had drawn with colored markers and a handwritten note on the back.
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