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Auditions are set May 9-10 for ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:51 p.m. CDT

HENRY — River Valley Players Youth Theatre is seeking young actors ages 5-14 for the youth theatre musical Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at St. Mary’s Community Center in Henry. Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. May 10. All auditioning must be age 5–14 at the time of auditions.

Those auditioning should arrive 30 minutes prior to audition times to complete the audition forms and information. Auditions will consist of singing, dancing and reading from the script. All audition material will be taught at the audition, no advance preparation is necessary. The song “Part of Your World” will be taught during auditions. Wear clothing and shoes that allow freedom of movement — no flip-flops or sandals.

Participants should bring a schedule of all conflicts, including camps and vacations, for June and July to auditions. Note: Attendance at all scheduled rehearsals is important so be aware that casting of some roles may be contingent upon availability for scheduled rehearsals.

The story of this delightful musical revolves around the lovely mermaid Ariel who longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and lives in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid and her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. Featuring such musical hits as “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea” this is one production you won’t want to miss!

Performances will be July 17, 18, 19 and 20 at St. Mary’s Community Center. The summer youth production is sponsored by a grant from the Sun Foundation and Illinois Valley Cellular is the corporate sponsor.

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