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LaGrange Piano Drama Club to present ‘The Little Mermaid’

The LaGrange Piano Drama Club will be performing Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” May 7 at 6 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. at Franklin Road Baptist Church in LaGrange. 

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film, the story follows the mermaid Ariel as she tries to become a human by trading her voice to the sea witch Ursula in exchange for a pair of legs and a chance to fall in love with Prince Eric. 

“We chose ‘The Little Mermaid’ because it had great roles for all ages and skill levels and Disney shows always bring so much joy and happiness to audiences and that’s something we want to give people now — joy and happiness,” said LaGrange Piano owner Noelle Reed. “We started rehearsing in January and practice weekly.”

The show includes the favorite songs “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea.” 

The cast is comprised of 30 young thespians from LaGrange and West Point, ages 5-17. 

“Performances bring us together as a team and family,” said Charlotte Hewett, 15, who is playing the role of Grimsby. This is her eighth show with drama club. 

This will be LaGrange Pianos’ first musical since the pandemic first hit. 

“Our 2020 spring musical was “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and had to be cancelled,” Reed said. “I am thrilled that after a hard year of cancellations and disappointment our students will get a chance to perform a musical for their family and friends. During lockdown, last year a lot of us were singing ‘I want to be where the people are,’ just like Ariel does in the show, so it’s been exciting to go on this journey with Ariel because it is even more poignant and relatable than it was before COVID.”

Tickets are $5 per person and available at lagrangepiano.com. For more information, email info@lagrangepiano.com.

“I was excited to help produce this musical because the ‘The Little Mermaid’ is a musical everybody loves, and it is very special to my childhood,”said  Juliette May, 15, stage manager and choreographer.