BHS thespians taking audiences under the sea

Eric Sandbulte/Register: Brookings High School students have been busy rehearsing “The Little Mermaid,” their play scheduled for Thursday through Saturday. Pictured, Zander Larson, playing Sebastian, sings “Under the Sea” with Maci Law (Ariel) and Kayla Kiecksee (Flounder) close behind.

BROOKINGS – Brookings High School will welcome audiences to its production of “The Little Mermaid,” a magical musical set under the sea Thursday through Saturday.

Musical director Gayle Klinker said that although the characters aren’t animated, the play largely follows the 1989 Disney animated film.

“The songs are there, the characters are there. You have Sebastian the crab and you have Ariel and the king and Ursula, the good guys and the bad guys,” Klinker said.

There’s a lot of talent on hand with 55 students on stage and about 20 in the musical pit. There was so much talent, in fact, that there are two girls who will play Ariel on different nights. This is the first time they’ve done something like this, but so far, it’s worked out well.

Klinker has been grateful for the time and passion the students have put into the show and for the support and assistance from their families.

She added that a special thank-you to Prairie Repertory Theatre, which recently had its own performance of “The Little Mermaid,” is in order for its generosity.

“They were very generous with letting us use costumes and set pieces that would adapt to our stage. Not all of them do because our stage isn’t the same set up or size as theirs and not everything could work. But what generosity to allow us to use costumes and props and set pieces that would work. It saves us time and money,” Klinker said. “We are just so fortunate to live in a community where we can work so well with other entities and be able to share back and forth.”

The play is for people of all ages, and Klinker encouraged people to sing along with their favorite songs.

“Come out because it’s a good show … with good talent,” Klinker said.

The play will be held in the Brookings High School Bell Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Reserved tickets are available at the BHS Activities Office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door. They cost $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Contact Eric Sandbulte at [email protected]

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