Friday, December 12, 2014

The Little Mermaid - Opening Night

After a couple of months and countless hours of preparation, Garnet Valley High School's production of The Little Mermaid opened Thursday 12/4 and ran for four shows over three days. Once again, it seemed like a smashing success to me, with great performances, music, sets and costumes.

The most important thing for me is that Julia had a great time doing it, just like she did for Les Miserables last spring. She was a fish in the "sea chorus" and was in (I think) four scenes as part of the background chorus. She's already talking about Oliver! in the spring, where she gets to be an orphan/urchin.

Somewhere along the way, Amp's involvement changed from sewing a few costumes into what seemed like a seven day a week job for two months. Our spare room upstairs and the dining room turned into a design studio and our own little costume factory. She did a great job, and it was fun to watch the show and pick out all the different things that she designed or otherwise worked on. I know that her commitment and effort was very much appreciated.

A few videos posted on YouTube of the show:
The more I see of these shows and understand what goes into putting them on, the more impressed I become. It takes a tremendous effort by an awful lot of people to put on a show involving upwards of 150 students ranging from the main bulk of high school students supplemented with backing roles for kids in middle school and even elementary school. Grace, in 5th grade, is already asking about getting involved in the future. That's a very nice thought.

Congratulations to all involved in a terrific show.

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