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This year’s musical cast are excited to present to the community their production of The Little Mermaid. Rehearsals are well under way, along with the construction and decoration of the stage.

Well trained woodworkers and parent volunteers alike joined together beginning a few weeks ago to construct the wooden structures to bring this show to life. First was a large 3 ft tall platform which stretches across the entire width of the stage. It will serve as a second level to provide better viewing of the cast, as well as support a large LED backdrop. The platform is extremely sturdy, despite not being secured to the stage by any type of screws or glue. These are avoided to prevent any damage to the existing stage.

To the front of this platform, the workers added moveable design elements which can shift to change the scenery from “under the sea” to “up on the shore”. Mr. Zeiler himself took great pride in his use of a jigsaw to cut thin sheets of plywood into sand dunes.

Also added to the platform was a 12 ft ramp leading down to the main stage. It will be used by some cast members who will be on wheels, thanks to the musical production’s use of Heelys. Some students have already tested this feature. Although it is a steep grade, with practice they assure me that they can master use off the ramp. Other features of the set still to be built include castle rooms, a large ship, a lot of coral and stalagmites, and of course Ariel’s iconic rock.

In the coming weeks Mrs. Yoder’s and Mrs. Emeloff’s art classes will pause their regular curriculum to focus on decoration of the set. They will build off of the wooden bases with more intricate details and bring the stage to life with a rainbow of colors. The two teachers have spent numerous meetings with Mr. Zeiler and other staff members to formulate a design for every element of this show. I am certain that they will make The Little Mermaid a show to remember here at Highlands.

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