Kate Nofziger, Archbold, will play the lead role in the Archbold Community Theatre production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”
The production is based on the 2008 Disney Broadway show, which was based on the animated motion picture. It features several hit songs.
Nofziger is Ariel, the beautiful young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above.
With her friend Flounder, played by Autumn Pelok, Wauseon, they discover human things with friends Scuttle, played by Will Nofziger, Archbold, and the gulls, portrayed by Elizabeth Myers, Rebekah Rees, and Anneli Shaw, Wauseon.
As Ariel longs to see the human world, King Triton (Kaleb Bates, Fayette), his trusty crab Sebastian (Lukas Dominique, Wauseon), and Ariel’s sisters (Allie Boyer and Chloe McCashen, Bryan; Sage Gauden, Montpelier; Nancy Kelb, Wauseon; MacKenna Whitacre, Archbold, and Kaitlyn Wiemken, Napoleon) can’t quite figure out what to do with her.
Ariel gets herself entangled with the Sea Witch, Ursula (Autumn Owens, Bryan), and her evil eels (Jensi Shaw, Wauseon, and Erin Reichert, Archbold).
Ariel trades her voice to be human.
She is washed to shore with her new human legs and is found by the handsome Prince Eric (Mason Bassett, Bryan), who takes her to his castle where she has to save Sebastian from Chef Louise (Claire Flanagan, Napoleon) and her cooks.
Ariel and Prince Eric fall in love and the rest, of course, is pure Disney.
Members of the chorus are Elliott and Sunny Bowman and Cory Yosick, Bryan; Autumn Cornell, Chris Foor, Meggie Mello and Lydia Wyse, Archbold; Maddy and Shauna Miehls, Stryker; Sarah Millikan, Napoleon, and Josh Bock, E. and Sam Myers, Rees, Maggie Roelfsema, Sierra Rupp, and A. Shaw, Wauseon.
They fill roles ranging from sailors to sea creatures.
Steve and Teresa Van Sickle and Jessica Aeschliman direct.
ACT presents “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” at Giffey Hall in Ridgeville Corners, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27- 28, and Oct. 4-5, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 pm.