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The Little Mermaid Jnr at Tyndale Christian School Auditorium - Review

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5/5 Stars - Disney Classic reincarnated
Derek McClure
Derek McClure
Tyndale Christian School presents 'The Little Mermaid Jnr' playing at The Tyndale Christian School Auditorium from August 24th - 26th at 7:30pm. Based on the 1989 Disney film and 1837 story by Hans Christian Anderson with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater.

Produced by Dani Potter, Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Hawkin and Musically Directed by Sue Sprason. Tyndale Christian School presented this classic fairytale story with imagination and talent. The cast dressed as waves rolling back and forward across the stage to represent the ship moving and Ariel swimming through the sea was so creative. The Little Mermaid is a story that has been told before but I've never seen this approach and loved it.

The story of The Little Mermaid follows Princess Ariel (Olivia Bennett) the youngest Mermaid of 7 girls who lives with her father King Triton (Andrew Crabb) under the sea. Ariel spends her days with her best friends Scuttle the Seagull (Riley Bassett), Flounder the tropical fish (Amelia Taylor) and Sebastian the crab (Jackson Morton), but longs for life above the surface. Ariel watches the humans on their ships dreaming of what it would be like to be like them. She soon finds herself in love with Prince Eric (Brodie Baeker), a human who her father would never approve of.

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When the evil Sea witch Ursula (Anne-Marie Balikubiri) hears of Ariel's dilemma she agrees to help, but for a cost. She will turn Ariel into a human for 3 days in exchange for her voice, but if Prince Eric doesn't kiss Ariel before sunset on the third day then her soul belongs to Ursula forever.

The children of Tyndale Christian School presented this production at the level of professionals and should be very proud of the outcome. Standout performers included the hilarious Jackson Morton as Sebastian, he was great in this role and it wouldnt have been easy to speak like Sebastian as he has a very unique voice, but Morton did it with ease. He is confident and stole the stage during 'Under the Sea' and 'Kiss the Girl'. It was incredible to see the entire cast on the stage all dressed as different plants and animals of the sea during 'Under the Sea', from the audience looking up it was amazing to watch.

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Amelia Taylor who played Flounder was sweet and really stood out on stage. She presented 'Shes in Love' with incredible confidence and sang it flawlessly. She has amazing talent and a huge future ahead of her in the industry.

Riley Bassett who played Scuttle was made for his role. He sounded exactly like Scuttle from the 1989 Disney film. He did an amazing job with his solo 'Human Stuff' and had the audience bopping and laughing along with him.

Anne-Marie Balikubiri who played Ursula was incredible. She stole this show with sassy confidence. She was born to play this role and completely owned it. I loved her rendition of 'Poor Unfortunate Souls', it was amazing to watch and her costume was incredible.

Brodie Baeker (Prince Eric) and Olivia Bennett (Ariel) had amazing on-stage chemisty. I loved watching Eric teach Ariel to dance and watching the boat spin on stage during 'Kiss the Girl'. Bennett has a strong singing voice and it really showed during 'Part of your World'. Barker did a great job in his solo 'One Step Closer' and presented his role at Prince Eric with confidence.

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The production featured a cast of talented students including Andrew Crabb (King Triton), Tye Petty (Grimsby), Ethan Bishop (Flotsam), Ava Tripodi (Jetsam), Madelin Reidy (Aquata), Kate Glynn-Roe (Andrina), Jacualyn Fyfe (Arista), Kimerly Newton (Atina), Abigail Jackson (Adella), Ellah Blatchford (Allana), Laura Gill & Blade Hudson (Seahorses), Abbie Ansty, Mia Arvaniti, Molly Craig, Whitney McClure, Lahni Rier-Crowhurs, Lauren Sharpe, Lucas Vega, Hannah Wilson, Cassidy Atkins, Amy Harvey, Nick Harvey, Tara Kelly, Alice Lattin, Stephanie Pearce, Naliah Rigby, Shu-Jen Wallace, Talitha Bassett, Riley Bassett, Noah Dale, Jordan Husker, Matthew Keating, Stephanie Thredgold, Jack Prince, Lillian Schleyer, Caleb Wilhelm, Sheridan Foster and Aimee Soar.

A great production featuring incredible songs, talented actors and creative set design. The Little Mermaid by Tyndale Christian School is another great representation of a Disney classic. 5/5 Stars.
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Where: Tyndale Christian School Auditorium
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