Underwater enchantment at Communion of Saints

Cast members rehearse for May performances of "The Little Mermaid Jr."

“I’ll tell you a tale of the bottomless blue,” begins Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” this year’s Communion of Saints School drama production. This show is sure to delight, as Ariel and Flounder join in a stunning visual display of underwater creatures, and the classic tale of boy meets girl unfolds.

Adapted from the 2008 Broadway musical production, this classic is set in an underwater kingdom. Ariel longs to be “part of your world,” but she has to defy her father, King Triton, to do so. Going against her father leads Ariel to daring and exciting adventures. All of the favorite characters are portrayed by the grade-school actors as they sing and dance their way under the sea.

The school’s drama program is one of the enrichment programs available to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and this is the school’s fifth production, involving more than 60 children.

The play is under the stage direction of Lydia Chanenka and the musical direction of Maria Botti-Lodovico. Chanenka also provides many of the set designs and costumes. 

Powers Hall gym will become an underwater paradise on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10. Performances begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Admission is $3 for ages 13 and older; 12 and under are free; and families are $10. Baked goods and water will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission.

Communion of Saints School, 2160 Stillman Road (at Cedar Road), was established in 2010 with the merger of four parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland. The school was formerly known as Saint Ann School, established in 1916.

Amy Fischer

Amy Fischer is a member of the school advisory committee at Communion of Saints School. For more information call 216-932-4177 or visit www.communionofsaintsschool.org.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 7:02 PM, 05.01.2014