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Allegro Dance Theatre performs under the sea

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Performance scheduled for 7 tonight at The PAC

By Becca Owsley

The Little Mermaid swims her way to the stage tonight in Allegro Dance Theatre’s musical theater ensemble production.

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Auditions were so successful director Carol Zagar triple cast the lead.

“I chose to multiple-cast the part of Ariel because I had three young ladies who prepared and did well during their audition and deserved the part,” Zagar said.

Including private performances for local students, there are nine performances so each actress performs as Ariel three times.

“It has not been easy for rehearsals and each of the girls is a different size, which meant a different set of costumes for each girl,” she said.

Auditions went so well, other characters also are played by multiple actors.

For Sebastian the crab, there were two standouts so Zagar cast them both, once again needing two costumes.

Scuttle the seagull and Carlotta also are multiple performers.

“The kids were quite confused at first, but quickly figured out who is doing which part for that show,” Zagar said. “Since I am a teaching school, I like to give as many kids as possible a chance to perform and learn.”

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” is the Disney production shortened to a 60-minute show specifically for children, she said. All of the favorite songs are included, but with one or two verses instead of three to four.

“The story is the same love story we all know well,” Zagar said.

While this is a production with the school’s musical theater ensemble, Zagar’s advanced ballet class is doing technical work for the show.

“They love it,” she said. “Several of them asked to help last year and found that it is hard to keep up with the spotlights, microphones and costumes, but they are really enjoying the challenge and asked to come back this year.”

Two boats and a special rock for Ariel have been built for the show as well as colorful fish and underwater creature costumes and sets.

“This will be very much like a Broadway show with choreography, singing, backdrops and some special effects,” Zagar said.

A public showing is at 7 tonight at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

For information, call (270) 352-1333.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.