‘Little Mermaid’ comes ashore at BGHS


After three-year delay, Bowling Green High School will finally be able to present “The Little Mermaid.”

On March 13, 2020 the cast, crew, and orchestra students were shocked to learn that COVID restrictions were shutting down their spring musical.

This year’s show gives seniors, who were freshmen at the time, a sense of coming full circle.

“The Little Mermaid,” a literary fairy tale by Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson, was first published in 1837.

Anderson’s fairy tales are known for their rather unhappy endings. Anderson explained to readers that mermaids have no immortal soul, yet they can gain one if they win the love of a human being. Ariel’s lovely voice wins the love of the Prince, but after a long search, he believes he will never find the person with the voice he so dearly loves. So the Prince marries a human princess instead. Resigned, Ariel falls into the ocean where she dissolves into sea-foam (like all mermaids eventually will), with the knowledge that 300 years of doing good deeds will earn her soul immortality.

Disney’s animated version of the story is more straightforward, and concludes with the classic expectation that “they lived happily-ever-after.”

The Bowling Green High School cast, orchestra and crew represent all four areas of the arts: some construct props, build and paint sets, sew/rent/alter costumes, and design make-up and hairstyles; others apply their instrumental talents to learning and rehearsing the score; actors learn choreography and develop acting skills by creating characters and practice clear diction, strong projection and expressive physicality.

Shows are March 30 and 31 at 7 p.m., April 1 at 7 p.m. and April 2 at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The understudies will perform in Friday’s show.

Maggie Titus will play Ariel while Reagan Otley is the understudy. Dylan Haught wll portray Eric with Drew Thomas as his understudy. David Meyer will portray King Triton.

Grimsby will be played by Mathias Drumm, Elle Mitsch will play Flounder while Rory Mott is the understudy, and Scuttle will be played by Emma Ferguson with Elle Mitsch as the understudy.

Carly Lake will play Sebastian with Rose Walters as the understudy, Megan Amburgey will play Flotsam with Riley Rader as the understudy, and Rose Walters will portray Jetsam while Ramona Foreman as the understudy.

Whitney Bechstein is Ursula. Megan Amburgey is the understudy.

The stage manager is Sophia Kelly and she is being assisted by Audrey Nester and Zoe Brujic.

The assistant vocal coach is Rory Mott.

Tickets are $14 for students and $16 for adults and can be purchased at the door.

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