Theater under the sea

Story by: Tess Barnett, staff writer
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter, staff photographer

10 West

Something huge is coming to Fortville. Ten West Center for the Arts, whose most recent production was “Grease,” is going to have a childrens’ show.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” is going to show the weekends of June 19-21 and June 26 and 27. The majority of the cast is going to be between the ages of eight and thirteen, with older students playing the lead roles.  The show is under the direction of Stephani McDole and Ryan Dockery.

The cast is composed of students from Mt. Vernon, Pendleton Heights, Arsenal Tech, and Greenfield. Mt. Vernon’s Shana Stutz, 9, and Arsenal Tech’s Elijah Wood, 10, are playing Ariel and Prince Eric, respectively.

“I’m so grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity and I’m so excited to start this new journey doing what I love with the people I love,” said Shana Stutz, 9.

Other Mt. Vernon actors include Skylar Mayes as King Triton, Shelby Caldwell, 12, as Allana, the second oldest mersister, Dakota Fisher, 9, as Aquata,  and Cody Smitley, 9, as Grimsby. Mt. Vernon graduate Sydera Theobald was cast as Ursula.

This cast of both seasoned and first time actors is sure to bring a new level of excitement to the world of theatre in Fortville. Hopefully, it will be as successful as “Grease,” which sold out all three nights that it ran.

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