WHS spring musical goes ‘Under the Sea’

Disney favorite will open on Feb. 19

Young actors will soon take to the stage to perform a much-loved classic, Disney’s 1989 film, “The Little Mermaid.”

Washougal High School was one of a few selected around the country to perform the musical adaptation, which has been performed on Broadway for the past few years.

“The kids were really excited when I told them we were going to do it,” said drama teacher Kelly Gregersen. “It was nice because they all know the movie and the music, and I didn’t have to give a big backstory.”

In the musical adaptation of Disney’s 1989 film, curious young mermaid Ariel falls for a handsome human prince. She then agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with Prince Eric on land.

“Moment after moment, beat after beat, it is enjoyable,” Gregersen said. “The audience is going to have a blast. I am having a lot of fun with this.”

Although the musical adaptation follows the movie plot, there are some added twists and turns, in addition to new music.

“It’s always interesting when people come to a show knowing some of the songs and events, but there is new material,” Gregersen said. “It will be fun to see their reaction in this expanded version of events.”

Senior Sydney Valaer plays the role of Ariel.

“When I found out we were considering Little Mermaid, I freaked out,” she said. “I totally started listening to all of the songs the summer before and memorized them.”

Senior Carson Connors, cast as Prince Eric, is excited about performing the Disney classic.

“The idea of the musical is awesome,” he said. “I am really excited about it. It’s a child-friendly, family-friendly play.”

Senior Keira Stogin portrays Sebastian the Crab.

“I was just super excited for this,” she said. “It is a super interesting part and this is the second guy role I have done. I seem to be drawn to the strong male characters.”

Senior Rebecca Bennett was cast as Ursula, who also happens to be her favorite Disney villain.

“I am super excited for this show,” she said.

Added Valaer, “This is going to dazzle and excite the audience. The sets are beautiful and so are the costumes. If you have little kids, they will love it, too.”