Disney's popular musical "The Little Mermaid" will come to life on stage this weekend in Yorkville.
Yorkville High School drama students will present the musical in the auditorium at Yorkville Middle School on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
Based on the animated movie of the same name, the musical tells the story of the mermaid Ariel, who falls in love with Prince Eric, and desires to walk on land with humans. The musical also features classic songs from the film, including "Part of Your World", "Under the Sea", and "Poor Unfortunate Soul" - as well as some new surprises.
"When you come see the whole musical, there's a whole lot of new elements added to it; new songs, and new characters that make it really interesting," freshman Isabel Gauss said.
As students prepare to take the stage, some took a moment to reflect on their experience.
"I've been a music kid, but I've never done theatre, so I didn't know what to expect," senior Bryan Tamayo said. "It's fun for me because all of my friends are in it, and I just think it's a really cool experience to have...to make (The Little Mermaid) real, and to be a part of it, is really cool."
"It's always fun to see behind the scenes; how it leads up to a show, instead of just going to watch it, and it's always a fun thing to get that exhilaration on stage, and seeing a new audience each day and getting to do something new and show them an experience," said Thomas Queen, a sophomore.
"Everyone here is dedicated, and like when you're doing a sport, everyone puts their heart and soul into what they're doing, and that's something I feel is special not just for theatre, but for Yorkville theatre," senior Victoria Crawford said. "Everyone is very supportive, we all want to see each other succeed."
"It's very important for us to have a show that challenges us and allows us to grow," junior Narvella Sefah said. "For the audience, it's such a well-known show, and I think that just brings the community closer together, because everyone wants to come see it. There's tons of little kids in the community, and I think it brings awareness to theatre and the arts and how important it is to continue.
"Our kids are growing up and they're coming to see the show, a show that they loved seeing the movie of; now they're seeing it in real life, and maybe they'll think, 'That could be me.'"