Youth Theatre Workshop play “The Little Mermaid” surfaces

Emily Bowersox as Little Mermaid, with Tyler Mueller as best pal Flounder. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


“The Little Mermaid,” the tale of beautiful underwater princess  who longs for a human prince, is being presented this weekend and next by Youth Theatre Workshop.

Emily Bowersox has the title role of Ariel, youngest of seven daughters of an underwater king, each of whom is allowed to swim to the surface at age 15 to view the world above.

Sabrena Dukes as Ursula. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

When Ariel’s long-awaited turn comes, she falls in love with Prince Eric (Cullen Curott) from a distance. She saves him from drowning in a storm, but he is unconscious and never sees her. To find her prince later, Ariel gets  help from a Sea Witch, and faces some painful dilemmas as a result.

Eileen Bowersox directs the play, adapted from a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. There will be 11 showings, including two today and two Sunday.

Ariel’s sisters are played by Sarah Noding, Elizabeth Budahn, Bella Kallas, Brenna Conrad and Lauren Crist. The sisters as little girls are played by Averi Schirmers, Katelyn Kolyer, Ava Gagnon, Cristina Anderson, Lizzy Inselmann, Lyndsey Geist and Aria Hanson.

Joseph Anderson (Seb-astian) with Little Mermaid, Flounder, and the Sea Gulls. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


The cast also includes Lauren Theisen (Melody), Jennifer Mueller (God Mother), Tyler Mueller (young Eric, Flounder), Abraham Bade (Grimsby), Derek Monahan (Pilot Jack), Genet Gagnon (Seahorse), Mike Gerber (King Triton), Joseph Anderson (Sebastian), Matthew Nelson (Scuttle), Sabrena Dukes (Ursula), Caitlin Conrad (Flotsam), Liam Barnes (Jetsam), and dozens of kids as sea creatures, sea puppeteers, lagoon animals and other watery beings.

At ERHS Little Theater

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 & 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 & 6 p.m.