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Branson area youth 'Go Under The Sea' to present Disney's 'The Little Mermaid JR'

The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to “Go Under The Sea” with its 2024 Summer Youth Institute production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid JR” in downtown Branson. The musical opens on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson with public performances through Sunday, June 23, 2024.Advance reserve tickets are recommended and can be purchased securely online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.


The production is the culmination of the Branson Regional Arts Council's Summer Youth Theatre Institute, where nearly 70 young students have been rehearsing and perfecting the show over a three-week session.


Due to the overwhelming response by students and parents, the BRAC divided the cast members into two individual productions with each cast presenting four public performances.


Cast ages six-12 will perform on Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (5:30 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.), and Sunday (2 p.m.).


Cast ages 13-18 will perform on Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and Sunday (7 p.m.).


Directed by the talented and experienced Summer Youth Institute directors, this family favorite musical transforms the Historic Owen Theatre into a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.


Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid JR” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”


Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.


The age six-12 cast members include: Maggie Marks (Ariel / Under the Sea Ensemble), Lee Brown (Prince Eric), Hope Menard (Ursula), Adelaide Allen (Sebastian / Under the Sea Ensemble), Xia McElwee (Flounder / Under the Sea Ensemble), Alton Prince (King Triton), Gwen Tsahiridis (Scuttle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Reagan Hoagland (Flotsam), Kate Sutherland (Jetsam), Brenna Prince (Grimsby / Under the Sea Ensemble), Eva Estes (Chef Louis / Under the Sea Ensemble), Josslynn Silvy (Carlotta / Under the Sea Ensemble), Avi Martin (Aquata / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Esther Crouse (Andrina / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Lexi Carr (Arista / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Zoey Viola (Atina / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Henley Rosecrans (Adela / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Emma Chandler (Alana / Princess / Under the Sea Ensemble), Braxton Tharp (pilot / chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Kynadee Carter  (tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Gianna Daniels (sailor / Tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Harper Forrest (sea creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Layla Gabriel (Seagull / sea creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Mia Hatten (seagull / sea creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Riley Hollmann (chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Luke Johnson (sailor / Sea Creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Lydia Loaisiga (tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble), Adelaide Martin (chef / Under the Sea Ensemble) , Danny Meenen (sailor / sea creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Anabella Meyer (seagull / chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Katy Patton (sea creature / Under the Sea Ensemble), Kynley Pender (sailor / Under the Sea Ensemble), Sophie Bell Poff (Sea Creature / Chef / Under the Sea Ensemble), Remmy Ray (tentacle / Under the Sea Ensemble) , Lyric Sassanella (seagull / sea creature / Under the Sea Ensemble) and Danielle Stanley (sailor / Under the Sea Ensemble).



Co-directors of the six-12 cast are Jacob Deck and Lara Menard, with music direction by Julie Brinkman. 



The age 13-18 cast members include Savannah Turner (Ariel), Dominic Giannotti (Prince Eric), Ben Stevens (Sebastian), Jael Frost (Flounder), Alivia Prince (Scuttle), Jillian Arden (Ursula), Jack Brown (Flotsam), Hallie Groff (Jetsam), Jason Prince (Grimsby), Morgan Carlson (King Triton), A.J. Turner (Chef Louis / Ocean Ensemble), Bee Rice (Carlotta / Ocean Ensemble), Erika Robles-Pesqueira (Aquata / Princess), Willow Rice (Andrina / Princess), Brooklyn Giannotti (Arista / Princess), Katherine Linn (Atina / Princess), Lundyn Mitchell (Adela / Princess), Kylee Chandler (Alana / Princess), Josh Reed (pilot / chef), Taylor Barnett (sailor / Palace Staff / Ocean Ensemble), Emma Callaway (gull / chef / Ocean Ensemble), Isabella Cather (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble), Jakota Clemons (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble), Jerrica Clemons (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble), Liam Craft (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble), Lindsey Iseley (gull / chef / Ocean Ensemble), Ryan Merrifield (gull / chef / Ocean Ensemble), Cassidy Petray (gull / chef / Ocean Ensemble), Alex Rivera (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble), Ashlei Rivera (gull / chef / Ocean Ensemble), Payton Sieg (gull / chef / Ocean Ensemble), Kelsi Stokes (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble), and Delaney Webb (sailor / palace staff / Ocean Ensemble).


Co-directors of the 13-18 cast are Kyle Bradley and Kellsey Bradley, with music direction by Danielle Hardin.

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