Behind the scenes of “The Little Mermaid”


The civic theatre community is still searching for a place to call home, but they know that no matter what happens, the show has to go on…. And tonight that show will go on at their production of “The Little Mermaid.”

From some incredible set pieces and lighting effects, to an innovative way to glide across the stage. This show is sure to transport you under the sea.

It’s a Disney favorite…so recognizable…that it doesn’t need an introduction. This is of course “The Little Mermaid.” The story of Ariel, who longs to find something beyond her life as King Triton’s daughter. Curious about the world above, she falls in love with a human and enters into a dangerous agreement with the Sea Witch, Ursula.

Becci Tank plays Ariel, and she said it’s one of her harder roles.

“Trying to live up to being a Disney princess,” said Becci.

Tank and her cast mates at the Lewiston Civic Theatre have devoted around 12 weeks to their parts. She even dyed her hair red to match the distinguishing feature of her character. Why she didn’t choose a wig…..

Tank said, "The dancing. There was that slight chance that my wig would fall off and I thought that it would make it more real for the kids."

What makes it even harder, trying to do it on skates.

Director Larry Goodwin said they took the idea from Broadway, wanting to make everything from the movements to the handmade set, transport people under the sea.

"We've spent a lot of time on the visuals of it,” said Goodwin. “It's really a pretty show. Just a gorgeous light wall, really colorful coral."

Amidst the weeks of preparation, there has been an undercurrent. Like the Little Mermaid herself, the civic theatre group is still searching for a place they belong. Right now they’re holding shows at Clarkston High School.

"As soon as the issue happened with the Civic building, almost immediately they opened the doors for us to be here,” said Goodwin.

As anyone in theatre knows, obstacles drive the plot forward and for the civic theatre community, this will not be the final act.

"We're a really strong bunch of people."

"It's definitely a family,” said Goodwin.

You can catch this undersea adventure at opening night tonight, the show starts at :730.

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