The Little Mermaid by Lindenwold High School in Lindenwold, NJ
March 28, 2018
Review submitted by C’Mone Smith of Upper Darby High School
Disney musicals are known for their sense of magic and wonder, and the happiness they bring to their audiences. Lindenwold School District brought all that to the table and more with their production of The Little Mermaid!
Based on the 1989 Disney film of the same name, the musical The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid named Ariel who falls in love with a human despite her father’s strict rules against it. The plot thickens as she puts everything on the line to follow her heart.
Kyra Williams-Custis (Ariel) lead the show from start to finish with her melodious singing voice. By her side was Gaelyn Kelly (Prince Eric) with his charming and charismatic stage presence. Together they displayed love and intimacy that carried through the show.
Sayf Mouhamed, as Sebastian, added comedy to the performance with his extremely theatrical stage presence and captivating facial expressions. Mouhamed made this character his own and it showed.
On the more villainous side, Erin Nevin (Ursula) and her henchmen Michaela Day (Flotsam) and Marquez Haywood (Jetsam) did a wonderful job portraying the antagonists of the production. Nevin’s confidence and strong vocals made her perfect to play the role of Ursula, a strong and vengeful sea witch, along with Day and Haywood who added a playful but sinister twist to her songs.
One of the most note-worthy parts of the production were the costumes done by the LHS Costume Crew. They helped to add a sense of fun and color that comes with a Disney musical. Along with costumes, the set also highlighted the glitz and glam of life under the sea. Complete with streamers, ramps, and a multitude of set pieces, the set as a whole was nothing short of spectacular. The LHS Sound Crew did an admirable job of handling over twenty-four microphones, and while some distracting errors did occur, the team made up for it with very well placed reverb on Ursula’s microphone during the intense and nail biting scenes in the show.
All in all, Lindenwold School District did a magical job at portraying the childhood classic, The Little Mermaid.
Review submitted by June Sanchez of Upper Merion Area High School
From under the sea to the world up above, Lindenwold School District’s performance of The Little Mermaid proved to be just as delectable as the delicacies of Chef Louis himself!
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale and the 1989 Disney film of the same name, the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid tells the familiar love story of a sailor and a charmingly curious mermaid with added musical flair and fun.
Lindenwold took their audience into the clear blue waters of King Triton’s kingdom and beyond with a plethora of beautifully intricate student-made costumes and a vibrant, detail-oriented set. The perfectly coordinated onstage color palette and unbelievably quick set and costume changes lent a professional air to the production and was complemented by the equally lively performances of the cast.
Kyra Williams-Custis’s uniquely sweet yet resolute portrayal of Ariel anchored the cast. Her melodic vocals in numbers like “Part of Your World” and “Beyond my Wildest Dreams” made her the perfect undersea princess. Opposite of Williams-Custis, Gaelyn Kelly put a new twist on the easily made mundane Prince Eric with refreshing enthusiasm and depth.
Other notable performances included that of Michaela Day, Marquez Haywood, and Erin Nevin, who portrayed the villainous trio of Flotsam, Jetsam, and Ursula respectively. Day especially gave a standout performance, portraying the evil eel with ease through her fluid movements and smooth vocals in “Sweet Child.”
The costume crew as well as the prop team spearheaded by Rosie Bonilla expertly incorporated lights into numerous costumes and props to further add to the undersea ambiance. The use of black lights in Ursula’s lair added an evil, mysterious feel, and nicely contrasted the clear, ethereal atmosphere of King Triton’s kingdom. The LHS Run Crew balanced an impressive twenty-four body microphones, and while there were occasional sound issues, they were generally solved in a timely matter.
Lindenwold School District’s performance of the beloved tale of The Little Mermaid brought the audience “One Step Closer” to the undersea magic of Ariel and her friends.