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The drama department takes us under the sea

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The drama department at VMHS is considered to be one of the highlights of the school as a whole. Every year, they put on three productions. One of the three is typically a musical. In November, the drama club will put on six showings of the Little Mermaid musical. Fans of the movie might be surprised to know that there is a musical and what it is all about. Hannah Smith, senior member of the production, had some insight on what students should expect to see on stage to make the show come to life.
Smith explained, “There will be a ton of really cool special effects that our program has been lucky to get. There will be laser effects, a ship built onto the stage, along with projections and beautiful costumes and make up. This show will definitely be a magical experience for everybody in the audience.”
Even though the set makes up a lot of what the audience will see on stage, the performers also make up a lot of what will be seen. The performers on stage literally bring the show to life and so what they bring to the table is what will ultimately matter most in the audience’s eyes. Nikki Nelson, participant of multiple VMHS productions, will be playing Scuttle this year. Nelson had a lot to say about why she is excited to play Scuttle this year.
Nelson described, “I definitely think Scuttle is a memorable character for kids. He’s this crazy seagull with a crazy voice and hairdo and he introduced the silly words “dinglehopper” and “snarfblatt” to the world. It’s not in the movie, but he also has an awesome tap number that blows me away every time I watch it. Him, Sebastian, and of course Ariel were some of my favorites from the movie when I was a kid so it’s super awesome to get to play him now”
The auditions for the show were held at the beginning of the school year so most of the people auditioning practiced during summer. Those who were chosen for the role seem to care about what they’re putting on and have had to perfect all of their performance skills. Smith, who is playing Flounder, is also part of the crew that makes the sets for the musical and she has some comments about how that’s coming together as well.
In Smith’s words, “We are currently building platforms to extend out into the audience as well as our pirate ship. It’s been really cool to experience the other side of a production and to build something that will make our production even more special. We also have our amazing construction crew that is working hard along with our other crews to make this production run smoothly.”
The talent,crew, and overall members of the drama department are working together to create a show they deem worthy of viewing by their audiences. What can be expected for the show is what has already been brought up which is: dancing, singing, and custom made sets. However, there are also a lot of unexpected surprises that the drama department is hoping will impress their audiences.
Smith details, “There will be a ton of really cool special effects that our program has been lucky to get. There will be lazer effects, a ship built onto the stage, along with projections and beautiful costumes and make up. This show will definitely be a magical experience for everybody in the audience. VMHS should know that this musical still tells the story of Ariel as we all know, but there are a lot more songs that there were in the movie.”
Flounder and Scuttle both had a lot to say about what should be expected and why they’re excited about The Little Mermaid, the first show starting on November 7th at 7 pm at VMHS theater.

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