While many Spring Breakers focused on the NCAA Tournament, went of trips to South Padre Island, lounged at home, hung out with friends, and who knows what, the participants in the one week theatre workshop, sponsored by Music Theatre Kansas City, auditioned, memorized, and produced “The Little Mermaid” in less than a week, with performances on Friday and Saturday, 7 March 17-18.
MTKC provides an intensive one-week, start to finish production with nearby students who begin the process on a Sunday and perform a finished project on Friday night. MTKC combines its talents with the Kansas City Youth Symphony to create a major musical production on a short schedule. Students arrive, learn the project, audition, memorize, block, learn choreography, learn the characters, movements and then, on Friday night the curtain rises on their finished product.
“The Little Mermaid” showcased the talents of many MTKC students to create the show and combined with the Kansas City Youth Symphony for orchestra support. The combination created a beautiful rendition of the Disney live action musical. While all of the cast performed well, nods go to the leads who made the show special. Maddie Charles, Michal Lackey, Eric, Zane Champie, Charlie Meacham, Brett Rawlings and Jake Bartley all gave strong performances. However, the vocal performance of Robin Robles as Flounder kept the audience in anticipation of more of his singing. Jake Bartley’s fancy footwork and tapping gave the show some added pizzazz.
As for the performance of the entire cast, the voices were all strong and many could have been chosen for alternate roles. The talent on stage signals that Kansas City theater is alive, well, and thriving. The future looks bright for all those young talented performers who participate in MTKC events.
For students who have not graduated high school, MTKC offers top-level training and gives students a chance to build resumes and enhance their performance levels. The results after just one week are phenomenal. The entire cast and crew are to be commended for their work, their dedication, and their production.
Another aspect to applaud is the wonderful work of the orchestra under the direction of Julie Danielson. Their work on the score was outstanding with only one week prep time. The musicians were superior.
“The Little Mermaid” cast is: Ariel, Maddie Charles; Ursula, Michal Lackey; Prince Eric, Zane Champie; King Triton, Charlie Meacham; Sebastian, Brett Rawlings; Scuttle, Jake Bartley; Flounder, Robin Robles; Grimsby, Max Pinson; Chef, Jordan DeLeon; Flotsam, Faith Kopecky Jetsam, Willa Walberg; Pilot, Kestrel Jurkiewcz-Miles; Windward, Delilah Rose Pellow; Leeward, Gage Pfannenstiel; Mersisters: Amara Webb, Ana Rojas-Plumberg, Maggie Gallaway, Amanda Dulny, Ariel Glorsky, Brynna Darley; Princesses: Ava Hauser, Maggie McCabe, Mary Dors, Payton Meyer, Grace Hawkins, Jennifer Meier; Maids: McKenna Lewis, Alexandra Fulford, Sarah Ault, Megan Darley; Flouderettes: Tessa Brethowr, Bella Misse, Annalise Gray; Sailors and Chefs: Eric Wright, Drake Taylor, Dominic DeCicco, CJ Miller, Reece Melber; Sea Creatures and Chefs: Ashley Elliott-Rowe, Ellie Freeman, Gabrielle Fulford, Maya Parmet, Ava Robles, Kendall Murff.
The production team for “The Little Mermaid” is: Directors: Taylor Avazpour, Cary Danielson Pandzik; Music Directors, Julie Danielson, Rebecca Schnackenberg; Choreographers; Taylor Avazpour, Kayli Jamison; Lighting Design, Alex Bigus; Lighting Assistants, Mackenzie Sammons, Trevor Rodgers; Sound Design, Jae Shanks; Sounds Assistants, Brant Challacombe, Jenna Fulton; Costumes, Susan Griffin; Costume Assistants, Jennifer Birzer, Colleen Markman; Props, Nancy Schnegelberger; Stage Managers, Tyler Armer, Zoie Perahoritis.
The orchestra for “The Little Mermaid” includes: Conductor, Julie Danielson; Violins: Negin Amouei , Evelyn Peng, Shaurir Ramanujan; Emely Rodriguez , Yashi Wang , Eva Welsh; Cello, Adee Dancy ; Bass/Electric Bass, Connor Ampleman, Evangelina Latour; Flute/Piccolo, Alex White; Clarinet/Saxophone, Ally Marcella, Jordyn Krause; Oboe/English Horn, Gennavieve Wrobel; Bassoon, Sean McCray; French Horn, Xavier Munoz, Caleb Kraemer; Trumpet, Nick Kashka, Joshua McKeague; Trombone, Grant Hanson, Anna Hirte; Drums, Kyle Brown; Keyboards, Rebecca Schnackenberg, Elaine Yeh.